Tuesday, May 23, 2006

What Dave Camp Doesn’t Want Us to Know

At the end of 2005, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)–another (once) independent agency that Bush and his cronies have politicized–announced plans to limit the information that companies had to provide about toxic chemicals (mercury, lead, and dioxin, among others) that they had released into their communities. After all, it is expense for businesses to list the ways they are fouling the air, water, and food chains; besides, what communities really care or need to know?

Over the winter, 110,000 Americans submitted comments regarding the proposed change, urging Congress to step in and reject the proposed changes. Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Hilda Solis (D-CA) offered an amendment to prevent the changes. There were 231 Ayes (mostly Democrats, but also 48 Republicans) and 187 Noes (14 Democrats, and the rest Republicans). Care to guess how Dave Camp voted? Dave (I-Can’t-Believe-Dow-Would-Do-Anything-Bad-To-The-Environment) Camp, of course, voted with the Noes.

Dave Camp has demonstrated time and again that he does not care for the health and welfare of his constituents when their concerns conflict with Dow’s. Why should he; he hasn’t lived here for sixteen years! It‘s time to bring Dave home, home to breathe the air and drink the water he has helped Dow pollute. Maybe he could take a little time to go fishing in the many lakes and streams that flow through the area. Of course he won’t want to eat anything he catches, thanks to Dow. But “catch and release” is more sportsman-like anyway.

We need to bring Dave home and send Mike Huckleberry go to Congress to work on fixing the problems that Dave helped create. Maybe then Dave, and the rest of us who live here, can literally breathe a little easier.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Dave Camp, the Ghost in the House

When an elected official is corrupt, that official is–we hope–eventually found out, charged with a crime, and imprisoned. We call this justice.

What do we call an elected official who is intent on never making waves, follows the directions of his party without fail (apparently so no thought is necessary), and who sides with major donors even to the detriment of his constituency? Dave Camp.

The only time in recent memory that Representative Camp raised his head as a national figure was when he and several other good Republicans “reformed” the House Ethics Committee in such a way that it could never function. The public outcry of the “reform” so embarrassed the Republicans that the leadership finally threw it out and reverted to the former, ineffective rules.

Congress is rife with scandal, and every day the press reports new findings about officials who have engaged in “crony politics” (translation: Cheney, Halliburton, and Big Oil), placed themselves above the law (translation: President Bush), imprison and “disappear” citizens from the legal system (translation: President Bush), and spy on their own citizens (yes, it’s Bush again).

Other Republicans publicly express concern, alarm, dismay, or anger over much of what is happening in Congress and with the Bush Monarchy, while those who agree with what is going on at least have the temerity to defend it. Has anyone heard Representative Camp utter any word, pro or con, about what is happening?

So, how does Representative Camp stand on the issues of the day? Does he agree with, for example, the latest revelations that the government is collecting phone numbers that we call under the guise of “security?” How does he stand on warrantless surveillance? How did he vote on the latest tax cuts for the rich? Call him at 1-800-342-2455 and ask him.