Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Here's hoping that our military serving in Iraq will be home to celebrate the 4th of July next year with their families.
Wishing You a Happy and Safe 4th of July
As those of us in Oakland County, along with Americans across the country, prepare to join with family and friends to celebrate our country's freedom, I wanted to wish you a happy Fourth of July and a safe holiday weekend.
Each year we set aside July 4 to mark the day our founding fathers, at great risk to themselves and their families, put their signatures to a historic document that turned colonies into states and charted the rights and freedoms of the greatest republic the world has ever seen.
The declaration they signed that day reminded the world that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. From that day until today, we as Americans have striven to make those written words living realities.
We should all pause this holiday to remember the brave men and women of our military who will spend this holiday away from their family and friends in the defense of the freedom we celebrate and cherish. Freedom is not free, and their heroic sacrifices are what pay the price for all of us.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy the good company, the barbeques, the beauty of Michigan in summer, the fireworks, and the good fortune of living in this great land - the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Congressman Joe Knollenberg
PS - I know gas prices will be on your mind this weekend, and they may have even changed your plans. I want you to know that I'm as outraged by them as you are, and I'll continue fighting for my plan to bring them down. Then, someday soon, this country can celebrate its independence from high gas prices and foreign oil.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
In another yet another blow to the middle class, Joe Knollenberg voted against temporary relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax, which was meant to tax upper income tax payers, but it now hitting middle income taxpayers because it hasn't been adjusted for inflation since it was passed. Joe Knollenberg voted no on the measure to allow for temporary relief from this tax. I believe in Republican parlance, that's a tax increase.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Joe Knollenberg and the Republicans have been screaming lately about increasing domestic production as a way to bring down prices at the pump. Guess what they did though, when the Democrats proposed a bill that would increase the amount of drilling on federal lands, most of the Republicans, including Joe Knollenberg, voted against it. Why would he do that you ask? Well, it turns out the proposed legislation didn't increase the amount of land available for drilling. That's Joe for you, hypocrite through and through.
June 29, 2008 at 9:27 pm · Filed under House legislation
For the last couple of months, Republicans in Congress have been whining and complaining that gasoline prices in the United States would go down a whole bunch, if only the the Democrats in Congress would do only something to increase the amount of oil drilling taking place on federal lands.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, but last Thursday, the Democrats in Congress did just that. They proposed a law that would increase the amount of drilling for oil taking place on federal lands.
Funny thing - almost all the Republicans voted against the bill. Why? Well, H.R.6251, called the Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act, moves to increase the amount of drilling for fossil fuels on federal lands without increasing the amount of land available for oil drilling. Instead, the law would force oil drilling companies to stop slacking off and to use the federal lands they’re already leasing more efficiently.
You see, although oil companies complain that oil supply is low because there isn’t enough public land available for them to drill on, those same companies are moving as slow as slugs to actually begin drilling on the public land they’re already leasing. The huge majority of land leased for the purposes of oil exploration hasn’t actually been tapped by the oil companies yet. They’re just sitting on that land, not drilling it.
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