This week, Idaho’s U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador took pains to make it clear, yet again, that he hurts Idaho. He voted against a bi-partisan budget agreement that helps the United States of America avoid another ugly, harmful and pointless shutdown of our government.
Labrador was one of the leaders of the disastrous government shutdown in October that cost our economic recovery $24 billion, according to Standard & Poor’s. He was just itching for another one by voting against the budget deal.
Labrador is why Congress has seen its job approval rating drop toward 10 percent (and who are those 10 percent anyway? Note: someone needs to research what percent of the population likes Big Oil and Big Banks). Even House Speaker John Boehner, who has did everything he could to (rather chicken-heartedly) mollify his Tea Party caucus, is fed up with the likes of Labrador:
“They’re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous,” Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday.
Yes. Boehner was talking about the uber-right Tea Party groups–that Labrador champions. Make no mistake. Boehner was also talking about Labrador. We have a Congressman who cannot be relevant in the House because he has angered the GOP and the Dems alike. Hey farmers! Want a Farm Bill? Then Vote OUT U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador.
There is an option, and a very good one at that. One of the most responsible voices for sound public policy, Rep. Shirley Ringo, is running in the 1st CD to be our next Congresswoman.
By the way, Labrador and Boehner-ally Rep. Mike Simpson issued dueling press releases explaining their votes.
Note: For those of you who are new to Idaho’s Single-Party Congressional Politics, dueling press releases are how Idaho GOP Congressmen fight without having to admit to the newspapers that they are fighting.
Labrador’s press release said something inane about how he is smarter than all of his colleagues and included a number of cliches in a very short space. (You can read it and Simpson’s presser here at the Magic Valley Blog: On the Agenda.)
Simpson, who is fighting a very Labrador-like challenger in his primary election, wrote:
“… the agreement short circuits some of the devastating sequester-based cuts to Idaho National Laboratory – including cuts to its core nuclear energy research programs, the guard force that secures the facility against terrorism or sabotage, and ongoing cleanup activities that are so important to the protection of the environment and human health. The agreement also provides room in the budget to continue funding for PILT – something that was simply impossible under the clean CR advocated by some who today voted no.”
(Psst. Raul. He’s talking about you!)
That’s right, northern Idaho. Your Congressman voted to gut PILT, which is vital for maintaining roads. It also would hurt schools by making it unlikely that SRS funds gets re-authorized. It would hurt farmers–because a battling Congress will never find time to agree on a Farm Bill or Immigration Reform. And, it would devastate eastern Idaho by threatening INL jobs. Military families in Idaho would be hurt. And, don’t forget those businesses that flank Yellowstone Park or the fellows who were kicked out the woods and had to end their tree harvest season a month or so early.
Again. We have a choice. Thank you, Rep. Shirley Ringo for running to bring responsible, reasonable, rational leadership back to Idaho’s 1st Congressional District. We need a congresswoman who puts Idaho families first and has the wisdom and courage to stand up to Washington, D.C., political groups.