First and foremost: Why?
Is it because Rick Boucher throws you a few crumbs each year in the way of such issues as "card check" legislation? Surely it can't be because he supported an increase in the minimum wage. What's that to you? I can see it being important that he helped cut the budget of the agency overseeing investigations into union fraud and corruption. But is that, in the end, sufficient to warrant your unbridled support?
Maybe it's something more substantive, like the Annual Fish Fry over in Clintwood that he enjoys attending.
Well, I want you to consider what it is you are getting for your $34,500 in contributions to his last reelection campaign:
A sellout. An act of betrayal. For those of you still employed, unemployment.
I made reference below to a Democrat congressman from western Pennsylvania who is always knee-deep in earmark controversies. I and many others around the country have treated Jack Murtha unmercifully for the way he has abused the peoples' trust - not to mention the way he abuses their hard-earned income. But what you won't see me criticizing him for is abandoning the people who sent him to Washington. His earmarks are always meant to provide - whether good or bad - for the betterment of his people back in his home district.
Whether it be Senator Trent Lott's efforts to bring jobs to his home-state of Mississippi by capturing funds to move a train track that had just been rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina, or Senator Ted Stevens's notorious effort to build a bridge to nowhere, at least it can be said that these guys were thinking of their constiuents first. And their respective constituents know that they are well-represented. That their interests are protected. That they have champions in Washington fighting tooth-and-nail for them.
They have Lott and Stevens and Murtha.
You have Rick Boucher:
Boucher: Global warming law ‘virtually certain’Let me cut through the PoliticianSpeak and the annoying have-it-both-ways bullshit and get to the nub here. You're being played for fools.
By Keith Strange, Coalfield Progress Staff Writer
Norton — Ninth District U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher has announced his intention to author legislation that will both mandate the reduction of greenhouse gases and ensure a viable coal economy for years to come.
Boucher announced his intention during a Wednesday interview with The Coalfield Progress.
The long-term congressman, who chairs a key subcommittee of the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce committee, said he will have a ringside seat in drafting America’s response to global warming.
“In Congress, I chair a subcommittee on energy and air quality that is responsible for the response our country will make to the challenge of global warming,” he said. “And it’s now virtually certain that within the next three years, Congress will pass a law that will impose mandatory controls on greenhouse gases.”
Although the issue of greenhouse gases has received much publicity in the media over the past several years, Boucher said he intends for the legislation to assist the coal mining industry as well.
“My goal is to have a meaningful control on greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time enabling a growth in the use of coal,” he said.
Boucher said in the future Americans need to be using even more coal, but encouraged the exploration of methods to produce coal-fired electricity without major damage to the environment.
“Federal funding will be essential to any plan we implement,” he said. “But in 2008, we will work to develop legislation that will simultaneously control emissions through a mandatory program and promote the development of CCS (carbon capture) technology.” (link requires paid subscription)
Congress will, with Boucher's admitted leadership and guidance, cut CO2 emissions. He will accomplish that task by putting the clamps on growth, by putting harsh restrictions on the automotive industry, and as state governments are now doing, by blocking the construction of coal-fired power plants.
What Congress can't do - until it acquires the Good Witch of the North's magic wand - is make the highly dubious and potentially cost-prohibitive carbon sequestration technology work. Chances are great it will never be deployed. Talk of such things is only meant to keep you placated. Distracted. To keep your hopes up.
Leave the very arguable argument about global warming out of this.
Rick Boucher will not be allowed to have it both ways, though he's trying. Coal is the dreaded and professed enemy of the environmental movement, and will remain so.
If Boucher and his pals in Washington succeed in passing their CO2 emission restriction legislation - as the man is now on record as being in favor of - your friends, neighbors, and relatives will be the first to feel its effects.
And those effects I'm referring to won't be in a 0.02° decrease in the temperature up on High Knob Mountain.
The effects will be felt over at the unemployment office. Again. Still.
And U-Haul will continue to benefit as more and more Southwest Virginians pack their bags and head north looking for work.
Surely, you'll agree that you deserve better than this. You deserve to have someone on your side fighting for your interests up in Washington and not for the interests of Rick Boucher's neighbors and friends in the D.C. environmental community. You need a champion now more than ever. Your way of life is under assault.
It's time you woke up and realized it before you are all out of work: This is a cowardly, shameful, and deceitful act of treachery that can only result in harm to your community.
Haven't you suffered enough?
Hat tip to D.J. McGuire.