Well, its time to get local myself. Mississippi is the butt of many jokes – and our national representatives not only embody most of it, they encourage it.
Roger Wicker introduced a bill thinly veiled as “states’ rights” to allow them to screw constituents out of health care protections granted by the Health Insurance Reform bill.
“At the end of the day, (the other nullification laws) were largely an embarrassment for the state of Mississippi,” said Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.
And for more embarrassment, their voting record from my Congress.org page :
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) voted Nay on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, which Passed
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Mississippi) voted Yea on Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, which Passed
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) voted Nay on Cloture Motion; DREAM Act, which Failed (Cloture Motion is a motion to close the debate and actually vote on a bill – so they blocked even a vote on the DREAM Act)
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Mississippi) voted Nay on Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which Passed (Feeding starving kids take a back seat to making sure the top 2% don’t pay their fair share of taxes for Mr. Harper.)
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Mississippi) voted Nay on Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act, which Failed
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) voted Nay on Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, which Passed
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Mississippi) voted Nay on Rural Energy Savings Program Act, which Passed
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) voted Nay on Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010, which Failed
So… Mississippi representatives hate Small Business, don’t think country folk need no ‘lectricity, don’t care if kids starve in our state because their mommy and daddy are unemployed (but looking), hate educated folk, immigrant or otherwise, and want to keep all gay people at home safe and out of harm’s way (ie – out of the military).
We rank LAST (or close to it) in Education, Health, Public Transportation, First in Obesity, People in Poverty, Death Rate and children who attend religious services (probably praying for food – which Gregg Harper doesn’t want them to have).
I hope that the 2011 elections can put us onto a better track. I’d like to see more information about Bill Luckett, but not a whole lot of platform out yet. Wondering if Reform Party or Green Party will field a candidate.
What is really disheartening is that in Mississippi, we are voting against our own best interest. We are one of the poorest states in the Union and we vote in the party that promotes, supports and idolizes the richest 2%. They are going to keep stepping on our faces – on our backs – to make their fiscal offerings to their icons – The Uber Rich – at the cost of our jobs, our money, our education. I am not saying “Vote Democrat” – I am saying “Vote for your own best Interest” at the very least. Republicans are like carpetbaggers – coming down, making their fortunes and carrying it back to the top.