Thursday, November 15, 2007

Coming Up on Walberg Watch...

There has been a lot of Walberg-related news lately, and, sadly, I've covered none of it. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about Congressman Walberg. Unfortunately, when my "real life" starts to get busier, blogging has to take a back seat to everything else.

I can't promise any updates this weekend, but hopefully, when I get a little time off around Thanksgiving, I can throw a few things together. Either that, or I'll fill up that time with relatives and catching up on some sleep. We shall see.

However, I can promise upcoming posts... eventually... on the following:
  • Walberg Voting Record Updates - Our fine congressman has chosen to vote against the middle class, against ending the war, against education, and for protecting predatory lenders.
  • Remember "Better Know A County" from way back when? That particular series never really materialized, but it's been building into a single post about geography in the 7th District, and the impact that could have on the election.
  • Walberg pumped up his rhetoric on veterans' issues around Veterans' Day, but I'd like to take a closer look at that. It's not all what he says it is.
  • Is there any chance that a fellow Republican may challenge Walberg in the primary? There's been some murmuring about that in the comments, and I'd like to examine the possibilities.
  • Potentially related, former Congressman Joe Schwarz was on Toledo PBS affiliate WGTE's program "Deadline Now" in October, being interviewed by Jack Lessenberry about the place of moderates in the GOP. Schwarz has some interesting things to say, and I'm only now getting a chance to sit down and write about it.
So. That's your preview for the next couple of weeks.

UPDATE: I thought I'd also mention: I've gotten a lot of e-mails from people over the last couple of weeks. I've read them all, honest, and am planning to respond, but if you're worried that I may have forgotten you, feel free to e-mail me again and again and again until I actually do respond.

hey fitz, if we don't hear from you before T'giving, have a good one.
From bloggingformichigan:

Bush Saved From Embarrassment
by: Kathy
Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 15:46:23 PM EST

George Bush sends a big thank you to Dave Camp, Peter Hoekstra, Joe Knollenberg, Thad McCotter, Mike Rogers, and Timothy Walberg for helping him save face at the expense of our nation's workers, veterans and children.

House Republicans on Thursday night narrowly sustained President Bush's veto of a Democratic health and education spending bill.

The 277-141 vote was uncomfortably close for Republicans, falling just two votes short of the two-thirds tally required to overturn Bush's veto. But as they did on three previous occasions, GOP leaders managed their ranks to make sure Bush would not be embarrassed.

I guess those men decided our country - and Michigan - didn't need the critical funding that bill would have provided for these domestic programs:

$3.4 billion for state unemployment insurance and employment services

$340 million to strengthen mine safety protections

$183 million to enforce wage and hour laws

$37 billion for school districts across America

$16.4 billion to lower the costs of student loans

$2 billion for affordable, high-quality child care for low-income families

$7 billion for Head Start programs

$2.2 billion for community health centers

Michigan citizens are the ones who should be embarrassed. We're being represented by men who put one man - the president - ahead of the needs of people here in our state and across the country. They need to get their priorities straight. They don't work for the president, they work for us.
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