Thursday, March 15, 2007

Choose Wimpy Over Hypocritical

Congressman John Shimkus (IL-19) feels teaching is important. It is sometimes more important to him than doing his job on The Hill. He likes to pretend that he is good at it. Maybe. He also likes to pretend that he is a good congressional representative. Definitely not.

Earlier this month, Rep. Shimkus gave a lecture on the Constitution to the eighth-graders at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Collinsville. He has an issue with voting present, and let the students know about it.

If there is one thing U.S. Rep. John Shimkus wanted to convey to the eighth-graders at Holy Cross Lutheran School on Monday it was that if they had a question about the federal government, they could find the answer in the Constitution.

He also showed students his identification card, which is also used when he votes on resolutions, and explained the voting process where a red button means no, a green button is yes, and an orange button is present.

I don't get sent to Washington to vote 'present', he said.
'Present' is the wimpiest of all the votes (Collinsville Herald, 03/14/2007).
So John Shimkus considers present the wimpiest vote. To anyone watching the news, it was an obvious jab at Senator Barak Obama voting present very recently.

It is better for him to
vote present and own up to it than vote present and tell a bunch of students that he only votes yes or no and present is the wimpiest. It is also more acceptable for a congressman to vote present a lot if he provided the least bit support (of ANY kind) to the servicemembers. Here is an example of the John Shimkus voting record. This was only 10 months ago.
House Roll No. 156
May 18, 2006 12:16 AM
Present
Amendment to Amendment 2 to H CON RES 376 (On Agreeing to the Amendment)
Failed

House Roll No. 188
Jun 25, 2001 6:46 PM
No Vote
H CON RES 161 -- Honoring the 19 United States Servicemen who Died in the Terrorist Bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996 (under suspension of the rules)
Passed 379-0, 53 not voting
Voters sent him back to The Hill. More voters should put him back in schools. What a choice: corrupting a state and consequently the country or corrupting young minds. Actually -- not much of a choice.

Maybe he should reconsider his name and use Congressman Wimpy. Maybe not. It would be an insult to Popeye's friend, Wimpy. He just continues to live up to his name: Congressman Zero.

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