Monday, May 03, 2004


I was perusing the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sunday edition yesterday. They feature the key votes of local members of Congress. As usual, the votes this week did not stray from party lines.

What is unusual about the votes, what makes them a part of Bizzaro-World, is THIS:

Key House Votes--for week ending April 30

Pay as you go:

Members rejected, 199-220, a bid by Democrats to subject HR 4181 (above) to pay-as-you-go rules to keep it from adding to the national debt, now at $7.1 trillion. Under the rules, mandatory spending increases or tax cuts must be offset. A yes vote backed "pay-go".


Clay JR (D) YES
Gephardt (D) YES
Hulshof (R) NO
Akin (R) NO
Emerson (R) NO


Costello (D) YES
Shimkus (R) NO

Every Democrat voted FOR balancing the budget before adding any more tax cuts or spending increases.

Every Republican voted AGAINST it.

As I heard on the radio the other day, in the song from my youth, "Lola":

It's a mixed-up whooped-up shook-up world.


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