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The $700 Billion Dollar Question? U.S. House Votes “NO!”

Storm clouds gathered over the Capitol Sunday evening as lawmakers huddled in closed session, trying to reach an agreement on the presidents proposed Wall St. bailout plan

Storm clouds gathered over the Capitol Sunday evening as lawmakers huddled in closed session, trying to reach an agreement on the president's proposed Wall St. bailout plan


BREAKING — Just moments ago, the United States House of Representatives rejected President Bush’s proposed bailout of the country’s financial markets in a vote of 228 to 205.

140 Democrats voted yes on the bailout plan, 133 Republicans voted no.

(See how your Representative voted here.)

Right about now, you might be wondering why so many Democrats fell in line to support this secret plan (secret, that is, to most members of Congress and the American public), and why it was the president’s own party  who took a strong stand against it.

Yeah, we’re kinda wondering that, too.

Maybe these Republicans just woke up and remembered that they are supposed to be fiscal conservatives, after all? That more government and big government is not the answer to our country’s finanicial woes?


Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) reports from the floor of the House that the Republicans have been cut out of the process and called unpatriotic for not blindly supporting the bailout. He says the only debate has been about what talking points to use on the American people. The most ominous revelation is when he claims the Speaker has declared martial law.

“I have been thrown out of more meetings in this capital in the last 24 hours than I ever thought possible, as a duly elected representative of 825,000 citizens of north Texas.” Said Congressman Burgess.

Burgess asks the Speaker of the House to post the bailout bill on the internet for at least 24 hours instead of passing the largest piece of legislation in US financial history in the “dark of night.”

The most frightening part of Rep. Burgess’ one-minute floor speech is when he says, “Mr. Speaker I understand we are under Martial Law as declared by the speaker last night.”


As for the Democrats, there is absolutely no reasonable explanation for their acquiescence, even aggressive cheerleading for this bill (with a bit of “the sky is falling” fearmongering thrown in for good measure).

Numerous opinion polls taken this week came to wildly varying conclusions about the level of support among Americans for the Bush administration’s $700-billion plan. Some polls showed public support for the bill was at only 5% as of Sunday night. But the increasingly loud roar coming from all corners of the nation shows that the idea of a bailout has touched a particularly sensitive nerve among the public.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a spokesman for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said her five offices had doubled staffing to deal with the constantly ringing phones. Through late Thursday, Feinstein’s offices had received a total of 39,180 e-mails, calls and letters on the bailout, with the overwhelming majority of constituents against it. The spokesman said the volume was as great as during the immigration debate and at key points during the war in Iraq. 

Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Lakewood) was also hearing it from her district, which includes parts of the city of Los Angeles and unincorporated L.A. County. “My constituents are telling me loud and clear that they aren’t convinced,” she said in a statement.

Typical of the tone of such contacts, Sanchez’s office said, was a missive from a constituent in Whittier:

“The bailout legislation is being rammed through Congress in a matter of days. This is an illegal power grab by the White House and their richest friends on Wall Street.”


Clearly, the people certainly let their elected reps know how they felt over the weekend. They overwhelmingly instructed their Congresscritters to vote “no” on the bailout bill. So why did so many Democrats choose to flat-out ignore the will of the people? 

The Associated Press reported Saturday that House Democrats backed off the idea of protecting bankrupt homeowners facing foreclosure in the bill. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told Democrats at a closed-door meeting Friday evening the provision would be a deal-breaker for Republicans who she has said must deliver substantial votes for the rescue plan. That’s according to several lawmakers who attended the session.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama had said earlier that the measure didn’t belong in the bailout.

Wait a minute…aren’t the Dems supposed to be the party of Main Street, not Wall Street? So how do we continue to believe all that nice populist rhetoric when it seems this party can’t seem to roll over fast enough for a president they claim to distrust, even despise? What is the moral justification for taking the side of big banks over the millions of ordinary Americans who are losing their homes?

And what’s with the Republicans acting like…Republicans for a change?

If anyone out there can explain this most puzzling phenomena to us, we’re all ears. In the meantime, let’s make it funky now…1, 2, 3….hit it!

James Brown on The Midnight Special, 1974


Words and music by James Brown

Hey!Gotta gotta pay back!! (The big payback)


I’m mad (The big payback)

Got to get back!

Need some get back!! Pay Back! (The big payback)

That’s it!! Payback!!! Revenge!!!

I’m mad!!

Payback is a thing you gotta see

Brother do any damn thing to me

Sold me out, for chump change (yes you did!!)

Told me that they, they had it all arranged

You handed me down, and thats a fact

Now you’re pumped, You gotta get ready For the big payback!! (the big payback!!)

That’s where I am, the big payback (the big payback!!)

I can do wheelin’, I can do dealin’ (yes you can!!)



But I don’t do no damn squealin’I can dig rappin’, I’m ready!! I can dig scrappin’

But I can’t dig that backstabbin’ (Oh No!!)

The brother get ready!! Thats a fact!!

Get ready you Mother,

For the big payback (The big Payback!!)

Let me hit ’em hit’em!! Hey Hey!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Took my money, you got my honey

Don’t want me to see what you doing to me

I got to get back I gotta deal with you!! [x4]

Hey let me tell ya!!

That ain’t right! You hollarin’ and cussin’, you wanna fight!!

Don’t do me no darn favor,

I don’t know karate, but I know KA-RAZY!!!! (yes we do!!)

Get ready thats a fact, Get ready you

Mother for the big payback (the big payback!)

Get ready for the big payback (the big payback!!) Hit ’em again!!

Get ready I need it, I need a hit again!! Say it once [x2]

Hit ’em again!! (the big payback!!)

Sold me out for chump change

Said you had it all arranged

Saw me comin’, told a lie

Went down like you wanted to cry

Take your kids and raise them up,

Somebody think I have a right to be tough

Just run those mothers out of town!!

Got to get up!! Got to get up, get out!! [x2]

I’m mad!! I want revenge,

I want revenge (the big payback!!)

I want revenge [x3] (the big payback!!)

Give me those hits!! I want some hits!!

I need those hits, hit me!!



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RFK Jr. Events During DNC Week in Denver

Will RFK Jr. address the convention? Stay tuned...

Will RFK Jr. address the convention? Stay tuned...


If you’re headed to Denver for this year’s historic Democratic National Convention, here are a couple of events you won’t want to miss:

On Wednesday, August 27, the Kennedy family hosts a celebration of the RFK Memorial’s 40th Anniversary featuring:

Ethel Kennedy
Beth and Joseph Kennedy, II
Kathleen and David Townsend
Mary and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Senator and Mrs. Edward M. Kennedy
Kerry Kennedy
Vicki and Max Kennedy
Senator Hillary Clinton
Mayor John Hickenlooper
Senator John Kerry
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid

This once-in-a-lifetime affair brings together family and friends to mark 40 years of making a difference and will benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial.

The reception is from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM on August 27 at Denver’s
Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street.


Champion: $5,000

Activist: $1,000

Advocate: $500

To RSVP or for more information call: 202-463-7575, ext. 301

Click here to view PDF File of Printable RSVP Card:


Looks like that Wednesday will be a busy one for Bobby. He’s also slated to give the keynote address at SUNFEST, hosted by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) at Coors Field in Denver.

The solar festival will not only feature the speech from RFK Jr. and remarks by national and local elected officials, but the latest in solar energy technology will be on display for the public along with live entertainment by the Chuck McDermott Band (band that performs with Bonnie Raitt) and other celebrity guests.

Certainly sets a good tone for what is being touted as the “greenest” political convention in history.

Here’s the lowdown:

WHAT: SEIA SUNFEST 2008 outdoor concert and solar festival

WHO: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter
U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (CO)
U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO-7)
U.S. Representative John Hall (NY-19)
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper
Rhone Resch, president of SEIA

WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Noon — 4 p.m. MDT

WHERE: Coors Field
2001 Blake Street
(Entrance on Wynkoop Walkway and 19th Street)

Some of our more observant readers may have already noticed that Kennedy’s engagements seem to overlap that afternoon. Sunfest runs from noon-4 p.m. and the RFK Memorial reception is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., so a bit of creative scheduling might be required if you plan to attend both events. The good news is – they are just a few blocks apart and shuttles run constantly.

As for the Really Big Question we keep getting asked – “is RFK Jr. going to speak at the convention?” – we ask you to hang in there a little bit longer while details of who’s-speaking-when are being finalized. An announcement will be posted here very, very soon…


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