Friday, June 15, 2007

Even The Auto Companies Disagree With Knollenberg on CAFE

Joe Knollenberg Opposes Increasing CAFE

Knollenberg has been complaining about efforts in Congress to raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for automobiles.

Knollenberg has claimed that adopting new and more stringent CAFE standards will cripple the auto industry.

Knollenberg sent letters to Presidential candidates telling them that raising CAFE could hurt the domestic auto industry.

Knollenberg thinks adopting higher CAFE standards will literally kill people:

CAFE standards will, in fact, impact negatively all classes of vehicles because it forces the automakers to produce vehicles that Americans
don`t necessarily like. Also, it leads to a problem of downsizing vehicles to
meet those CAFE standards, which results in a vehicle that`s more vulnerable,
and thus, potentially contributory to deaths.

And in a bizarre statement that perhaps only he can understand, Knollenberg says that if we had fuel economy standards for cars before we had cars, we wouldn't have cars.

So I believe that the automobile would never have been invented if CAFE were around at the beginning, because it wouldn`t have been able to meet the tests, standards or requirements.

In fact, Knollenberg claims to be so anti-CAFE, the Oakland Press reports that "Knollenberg said his motto is: Alternative Fuels Yes, CAFE No Way."

On his own blog he claims to not oppose increasing fuel economy or reducing dependence on foreign oil, but with respect to CAFE, Knollenberg states: "We don't need the job-killing regulation".

Heck he took out an entire new website just to say things like "They want to impose job-killing increases in CAFE standards on our domestic auto industry. This will benefit Toyota and Honda and lead to fewer jobs and declining home values in Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes region."

But Joe Knollenberg is wrong. Even the Auto Industry disagrees with Knollenberg.

Chrysler Supports Increase In CAFE Standard

Chrysler is supporting new legislation to increase CAFE!! The Free Press reports:

LaSorda said Chrysler supports a new proposal by Michigan Sens. Carl Levin
and Debbie Stabenow that would require car companies to meet a new standard of 36 miles per gallon for cars by 2022 and 30 miles per gallon for trucks by 2025 with no exceptions.

So, once again, Joe Knollenberg is wrong.

Just exactly who is Joe Knollenberg representing? He clearly isn't representing the Auto Industry.

Joe Knollenberg is Wrong for Michigan's Auto Industry.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Knollenberg is a Failed Congressman

Here are some key examples of how Joe Knollenberg is a failure as a Congressman --

1. He has only sponsored 8 pieces of legislation in the past 6 months.

2. Not a single one of which is what would be commonly considered "major legislation", e.g., anything that would have a noticeable impact on anything.

3. Knollenberg has not had a single one of his bills voted on by the House.

4. Knollenberg has not gotten a single bill through a committee all year.

And those 8 pieces of legislation he has sponsored are pretty lame.

First, two of them are just resolutions where he asks the House to do things like have a moment of silence for something or other.

Second, it isn't difficult to propose legislation. Any member of Congress can do so. He is just either too lazy or not bright enough to come up with any useful legislation.

Third, his "proposals" are not merely lightweight, but two of them would actually be HARMFUL to the country in that they would cost a significant amount of taxpayer money to build entirely new and huge bureaucratic nightmares to monitor workplace health seminars and to tell you how to drive your car.

Joe Knollenberg is a failed Congressman.

Oakland County deserves a leader

in Congress to help put this Country on the right track.

Another Bush/Knollenberg Failure

Once again, the Bush/Knollenberg Administration have failed.

One of the many and varied reasons Bush and Knollenberg gave after they instituted an unprecedented invasion of Iraq was that they wanted to "spread Democracy". Well, just as Bush and Knollenberg have failed at everything else, they have failed here as well.

The headline in the Washington Post said it best: "Takeover by Hamas Illustrates FAILURE of [Knollenberg and] Bush's Mideast Vision."

So now the Palestinians are totally run by the terrorist group, Hamas. Between the chaos in the Gaza strip, the war in Lebanon, and the civil war in Iraq, Bush and Knollenberg have made this the most dangerous period in world history.

Knollenberg and Bush have failed again.
Joe Knollenberg Isn't Competent Enough to Represent Oakland County.

Mark Brewer, Michigan Democratic Party Chair on Joe NOllenberg

Mark Brewer discusses why the Michgian Democratic party has targeted Joe NOllenberg and Tim Walberg.

Knollenberg: Wrong Again

Joe Knollenberg was wrong again.

The Bush/Knollenberg "surge" in troops in Iraq isn't working. The surge is not quelling the violence -- instead the violence is getting worse.

According to the Washington Post:

Three months into the new U.S. military strategy that has sent tens of thousands of
additional troops into Iraq, overall levels of violence in the country have not
decreased, as attacks have shifted away from Baghdad and Anbar, where American forces are concentrated, only to rise in most other provinces, according to a Pentagon report released yesterday.

Obviously Knollenberg's has poor judgment when it comes to American Foreign Policy initiatives.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Knollenberg Opposes Stem Cell Research, but Supports Human Cloning!!!

Joe Knollenberg voted NO on a bill to prohibit human cloning!!!!

No, really he did.

See for yourself: H.R. 2560, June 6, 2007, Roll Call Vote #439.

According to CNN, the bill:
makes it illegal to use cloning technology to initiate a pregnancy and create a cloned human being. Violators would be subject to up to 10 years in prison and face fines of up to $10 million.

"The bill bans human reproductive cloning. Nothing more, nothing less," said Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, the bill's sponsor. "It defies logic why anyone would vote against this bill.
But Joe Knollenberg Voted NO. He voted AGAINST the prohibition!

Joe Knollenberg Opposed a BAN on Human Cloning

So, Knollenberg supports human cloning, but opposes stem cell research!

I know it doesn't make any sense. But that is how he voted last week. Strange but true.

Reminds me of those strange little "Ripley's Believe it or Not" stories.

By opposing stem cell research on excess embryos that were created but not used in fertility treatments, Knollenberg is saying he thinks it is better to just put those embyros in a medical waste incinerator rather than use them to develop life saving medical technologies. Then again, given his vote on cloning, maybe he thinks that the cells should be cloned rather than thrown away...

Joe Knollenberg is too extreme for Oakland County.

Joe wants to waste $20 million of YOUR money

Joe Knollenberg wants to waste $20 million of your money

I can’t believe what I just read on Joe Knollenberg’s web site. Instead of coming up with a comprehensive energy plan that addresses what scientists agree is a quickening global warming problem, where the world’s glaciers are melting even faster than had previously been thought, Joe wants to waste $20 million of your money on a PR campaign. Joe is missing the big picture. Automakers and Joe want to slowly, very, very, very, slowly increase gas mileage mandated to 36 mpg by 2024, 17 years from now. Apparently Joe thinks that American engineers and auto companies can’t figure out how to get 11 more mpg for 17 years. Joe’s answer to America’s energy problem is $20 million worth of commercials that tell you to “Just go slow.” How ridiculous. What we need is a program on a par with President Kennedy’s program to land a man on the moon by the end of the 1970’s, where large amounts of talent are focused on solving the global warming crisis and as part of that Apollo like program, we challenge America’s carmakers to be part of the solution by coming up with automobiles that get 100 mpg.

Just like his health care plan to give employers a $200 tax credit for setting up health prevention programs, while leaving 47 million Americans without health care coverage, Joe believes in putting bandaids on patients that are bleeding to death when it comes to Americans’ health care system and our energy crisis. This idea reminds me of Nancy Reagan trying to address drug addiction by telling our citizens to “Just say No.”

Joe Knollenberg’s idea is a huge waste of your money. Call Joe at (202) 225-5802 or write Joe Knollenberg today and tell him to stop wasting your money.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Knollenberg Wants to Set Up More Big Government Bureaucracy

Apparently our Big federal government just isn't big enough for Joe Knollenberg.

Joe Knollenberg keeps looking for more ways to make the government bigger and to add more bureaucracy to our lives.

First he wanted to get the federal government involved in whether and what health seminars your company offered.

Now, according to his website, Knollenberg wants a new bureacracy to address driving habits.

Knollenberg has now introduced legislation requiring a whole new program be developed between the Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy.

How much more money will Joe Knollenberg waste before he gets the message that we don't want a big, bloated government. We don't want the government in our homes, our backyards, or our cars.

During Knollenberg's last 6 years in office, the size of the federal government has grown to the largest size in the history of the Country. And Joe Knollenberg has voted YES on every single spending bill that Bush has requested.

Joe Knollenberg is all dollars and NO SENSE!

Bush's War Czar Says Knollenberg Is Wrong on the Surge

Even Bush's War Czar, Lt. General Lute, knows the surge was a bad idea.

But Joe Knollenberg continues to support the surge.

Bush's War Czar said

I registered concerns that a military 'surge' would likely have only temporary and localized effects unless it were accompanied by counterpart 'surges' by the Iraqi government and the other, nonmilitary agencies of the U.S. government
Bush & Knollenberg Want to "Stay the Course"

Up until the surge, Bush and Knollenberg kept telling the American people that we would "stand down when the Iraqi's stood up".

Bush and Knollenberg kept telling the American people that our troops were training the Iraqis.

Bush and Knollenberg kept telling the American people to "Stay the Course".

But unless you follow the war very closely, you wouldn't even know that the U.S. is not training Iraqi troops anymore. If we aren't training them, how will they ever stand up? The answer is, they won't.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Joe Knollenberg: Caught in Another Lie

Joe Knollenberg has been caught in yet another lie.

Buried deep in his website, Knollenberg claims:

he is a strong proponent of ensuring that our brave men and women who serve in the Armed Forces have the resources they need to successfully carry out their mission.

But earlier this year, Knollenberg voted AGAINST an amendment that would have assured that no troops went to combat without the proper body armor.

Yes. You read that right. Joe Knollenberg voted AGAINST giving our troops the proper body armor. As unbelieveable as it sounds, that is what he did.

If you didn't see it yet, watch this 30 second video about how having the right body armor is a matter of life and death to our troops.