Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The second most liberal man in Washington

With Democrats in charge in Washington, and tons of liberal legislation and spending being passed with no end in sight, the questions arise, where are these left-thinking liberals coming from? Where do they get their marching orders from?
To find out, you need to check out GovTrack.Us, a website that tracks congresspersons and senators on their voting as well as political leanings. After extensive research using approximately five minutes of my valuable time, I have found the answers.

Where do most liberals congresspeople come from?
It's often liberal states like New Hampshire or Oregon where most of the followers of the liberal left arise, but its also small districts in growth states, like Florida, Colorado, and Arizona. Growth states have new populations moving in, local political organizations that are in flux and often have new elected positions, like Arizona's 7th District in 2002.

Who is the most liberal in congress?
Voters in Arizona District 7 are not surprised to see Raul Grijalva's name at the far left of the spectrum for the US Congress. According to GovTrack, Grijalva is the second most liberal Congressman, quite an achievement for someone representing Arizona, the land of Barry Goldwater.
Although he is considered a 'follower (meaning he doesn't sponsor bills himself, but garners support for other people's ideas) Raul has never seen a leftist bill he didn't like, including this month's complicated smoke-and-mirrors Paygo bill package, which makes it easier for the Obama administration and Congress to hide massive spending from the public and support their own reelection efforts over the next four years.

Where does their money and marching orders come from?
Liberals operate on a world view that people who enhance their income (they call us rich) have too much power and money and need to give it to those who have less. This philosophy originates and festers on university campuses (hence Grijalva's largest contributor, University of Arizona Staff), but in recent elections has manifested itself in powerful political action committees that bring money from large, national liberal groups to specific, local elections. Groups like the Progressive Majority, can, with relatively small amounts of money, elect liberal candidates to local elections where voters care less about party and more about education and roads. This is why Obama and the Democrats do not care about the economy. they care about power. Republicans get money from businesses and individuals who have earned it. Democratic money comes from unions and law firms. That is why the stimulus package was not about stimulus, it was about feeding the 'community organizers' coffers to prepare for the 2010 election (local 'shovel-ready projects) and to bleed Republican coffers by keeping the economy in a slump. Franklin D. Rosevelt successfully did this by charming Americans with his fireside chats while the Depression marched on because of his terrible deficit spending policies.

How does Grijalva fit in?
Grijalva is the poster child for the Democratic election strategy. He began as a community organizer, was elected to the school board, and grabbed a new House seat after final redistricting in 2002. While his origins seem humble, he is not about representing the people of Arizona, he is all about maintaining Democrats power in Washington and advancing a socialist agenda. Be aware that Grijalva, with his $93,000 war chest will promote seemingly innocent 'community organizers' in conservative areas of Yuma and Tucson with extreme liberal views.

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