Friday, June 06, 2008

Joe and Many Republicans Vote Against Efficient Schools

I borrowed this post from another blog, but since Joe fell into the category of Congressmen voting against this bill, I thought it was important to include here.

Republicans Vote Against Efficient Schools

Republican politicians are always complaining that public schools are not efficient enough. They use this complaint as an excuse for cutting off the funds that public schools need to give American children an adequate education.

Yesterday, the Democrats in Congress called the Republicans’ bluff. You want efficient public schools? Good. Congressman Ben Chandler, who is very far from liberal, had introduced H.R.3021, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act. The proposed law would encourage public schools to run efficiently.

No more money-guzzling out of date school buildings. No more safety hazards for American children. The legislation would provide an investment in energy-efficient, healthy, technologically-updated schools. That way, taxpayers would save huge amounts of money on their property taxes by not having to pay so much on energy costs for schools at a time when the price of energy is shooting through the roof.

Under this law, more money would go toward quality education. Less taxpayer money would go to just keeping children warm in the winter, or to protecting schoolchildren in the South from record-breaking heat. For a small national investment in efficient schools, taxpayers around the country would get huge savings for an entire generation to come.

This legislation does exactly what Republicans say they want to do. It makes public schools more efficient. In fact, the bill makes such plain sense that 27 Republican members of the House of Representatives crossed the aisle yesterday to vote in favor of it. Thanks to them, the bill passed, and will become law if passed by the Senate. One of those Congressmen was our own Joe Knollenberg. Let's hear it for Joe. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Oakland Press Letters off base

These letters in the Oakland Press missed my point entirely. I'm all for preventive health care for everyone, not just women. That having been said, Joe Knollenberg seems to think that his bill will solve America's health care crisis. He thinks that by doing away with "frivolous" lawsuits we can cut the cost of health care significantly. It's just not true and he knows it or maybe he's cherry picking information the way George W. Bush did lying the United States into war with Iraq. Who knows.

Joe Knollenberg's voting record on health care for all Americans is abysmal. Joe opposes universal health care, even though a majority of Americans say it's time to cover everyone, not just our Congress men and women. Why shouldn't every American have the same health care coverage that Joe Knollenberg has? Joe even voted against expanding health care coverage for children, our most vulnerable citizens saying it was too expensive. Yet he votes time and again to fund the fiasco in Iraq. How does that make any sense?

Something else I found interesting, in 2005-2006, Joe Knollenberg got a 0 rating from the National Breast Cancer Coalition. CLICK HERE to see Joe's ratings on other health care issues.

2005-2006 Representative Knollenberg supported the interests of the National Breast Cancer Coalition 0 percent in 2005-2006.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Gary Peters and Brenda Lawrence Comment on Barack Obama's Victory

Gary Peters and Brenda Lawrence, candidate for Oakland County Executive, comment on the historic victory of Barack Obama for the Democratic party nomination.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Oakland Press: Knollenberg Shouldn't Dole Out Blame In Health Issues

See if reading Joe Knollenberg's callous approach to health care doesn't make your blood boil too.