10.17.2006

How out of touch is Tammy Baldwin?

Our government is designed as a representative democracy. Our representatives and senators are supposed to be in touch with the district that they represent. Unfortunately, our congresswoman is drastically out of touch.

Take for instance:
  • While the rest of us were struggling with $3+ gas prices, Baldwin voted herself a raise - to $168,500. Wisconsin Democrats Dave Obey and Ron Kind didn't do it. Baldwin did.
  • Despite the continued violence directed at the new government in Iraq, Baldwin insists that the military mission in Iraq is over. That's right, according to Tammy Baldwin, there is no function our military can serve in Iraq.
  • Baldwin insists that she has broad support for her healthcare initiatives, yet her definition of that broad bipartisan support is the help of only two Republicans for her latest attempt at universal healthcare.
  • Baldwin was one of only 22 members of the House of Representatives to vote against commemorating the observance of the 5 year anniversary of September 11.
  • Baldwin is so completely ineffective in Congress that she ranks 424 out of 438 members of Congress for power and effectiveness. Dave Obey ranks 9th. There is no partisanship there.
  • She voted against a bill requiring mandatory minimum sentences for child sexual predators, stating that instead judges are more competent to administer sentences. The same judges that in Vermont and Ohio gave sentences of less than 2 or 3 months for repeat child molesters.

Tammy Baldwin does not understand life in the real world. While you and I struggle with increased tuition and rent payments, she votes herself a raise. She brags about the money she has returned to this district yet Wisconsin ranks 47 out of 50 in federal money returned to the state. I don't think that I would brag about that if I were a congressman.