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Jobs Promised to Retiring Congressmen for Yes Vote?

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“Selling your vote is as American as apple pie.”

My retiring congressman, Bart Gordon, switches his vote on the health care bill and the rumors fly.

Buying the Blue Dog Democrats?

Most interesting rumor from the Hill yesterday: Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) who announced his retirement from Congress has been promised the job of NASA administrator in exchange for his vote, and Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), another retiring Democrat, has been promised an appointment as U.S. Ambassador to NATO in exchange for his vote.

It will be interesting to note any job announcements from this Tennessee duo post-House retirement.  Both voted against passage of the House bill back in November.

plus …..

With Democratic Rep. Bart Gordon announcing his support for health reform today, Republicans began asking whether Gordon was swayed by the extra $100 million in Medicaid money the bill includes for his home state of Tennessee.

Page 67, line 13 of the reconciliation bill includes extra Medicaid money for states that don’t qualify for funding now. Turns out the provision only applies to Tennessee. Hawaii, which is in a similar situation, was already  taken care of in the Senate bill. The Volunteer State was left hanging. {more}


My congressman sees the writing on the wall

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Bart Gordon, Democrat, 6th district Tennessee, won’t run for re-election next year.

After more than a quarter-century of public service to his home state of Tennessee, U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon announced his plans to retire from Congress when his current term ends in 2010.

I feel honored that the people of Middle Tennessee have allowed me to serve them for the past 25 years,” said Gordon. “Every decision I have made in Congress has been with their best interests in mind. I hope the people here at home feel that I have served them as well as their good advice and views have served me.”

Bart didn’t really have to go where he did with his parting statement. “Their best interests in mind?” Hardly. Only when the democratic leadership allowed him to deviate from the party line in votes that didn’t need him were our interests considered. Or rather his interests in maintaining his office.

Bart’s grief started last fall with the bailout vote. His constituents said no, overwhelmingly. But he had to go with Pelosi and the gang. It’s been downhill ever since. A town hall meeting and protests in front of his local office gave him pause for concern and the possibility of defeat in 2010 would have been an unwelcome end to his 26 year ‘legacy.’

I went to college with Bart. Being a politician was all he ever wanted and we followed his every step as he took Al Gore’s place in the district when Gore went to the Senate. He knew how to stay non-controversial and most people paid little attention up until here near the end.

The problem is that there is no one in the political pipeline of either party worth considering to take his place. Just more of the same hacks who will not represent the people. I suppose someone could come out of the woodwork but it’s not likely and as always it takes special interest money to get elected.

So Bart … keep it low key for the next year. It would be appreciated if you just passed on voting for most of the scams coming up that are not in ‘our best interests’ and just ride on into the sunset.

I see that you have over $1,250,000 in your campaign war chest and no debts so you get to keep all of it. Since you’ve been in office for over 25 years, your pension can kick in immediately. Health care? Don’t worry buddy … you’ve got it.

See you around town … I’ll wave.

‘The Boss’ Pelosi gives ‘My Con’ Bart Gordon a pass to vote no on health care bill

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What? You doubt my sincerity?

The games the two party scammers play often include giving a vulnerable congressman a  ‘pass’ to vote against party lines if it possibly means getting him a few extra votes in the next election to keep him in office.

Tennessee 6th district congressman Bart Gorden got the OK to vote no on last night’s health care bill, one of 39 Dems who did so.

Of course there could be no surprises, the network already knew it would pass, so Gordon got to flip flop on his earlier statements and actions that he would vote for it in order to appease his already upset constituency.

Gordon has been under fire ever since he voted for the bailouts. Between the tea parties, town hall meetings, phone calls and emails, Bart’s concerns for his seat in 2010 are real.

Gordon’s statement after the vote included…..

“This process of drafting health care proposals has been both lengthy and healthy. I’ve received valuable comments and suggestions from the Middle Tennesseans I represent. However, we still have a long way to go,” said Gordon. “Any health care bill that is ultimately signed into law must not increase the federal deficit or our long-term spending on health care. I am hopeful that the Senate and House can work through the amendment process and conference committee and get to a point where we have a better bill that incorporates bipartisan ideas that I can support.” {more}

That’s a pretty safe stance to take in an attempt to pacify both Democrats and Republicans in his district.

Now read what Dennis Kucinich had to say on his no vote (from American Everyman)…..

In His Own Words: Why Kucinich Voted “No” on H.R. 3962

Had Gordon said anything close to the Kucinich statement, well, we might have some ‘hope’ that he is not a bought shill for the fraud of the two party system. But we know better.

Bart’s worried. A backlash against all incumbents could put him out of office. The problem is that his only announced opponent, Lou Ann Zelenik, is nothing more than a party line clone who, more than likely, would follow the two headed war party objectives. Some choice…

Bye Bye Bart? Goodbye to all traitors in Congress would be more like it…but who is to take their place…more of the same?

Is congressman Bart Gordon getting worried?

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Tennessee 6th district congressman Bart Gordon may be getting concerned that his lifetime gig in Congress may in danger.

But is he really coming over to the side of the people he represents?

No matter what you may think of the recent town hall meetings, they have garnered the attention of some of the embedded congress members including Mr. Gordon. Getting many letters, phone calls and emails on a number of issues and being questioned in general, Bart is attempting to pacify some of his constituents as the possibility of a challenge in the 2010 election looms.

In May I sent Bart an email urging him to co-sponsor HR 1207 , Audit the Federal Reserve, but his response at that time was non-committal.

I understand your view that auditing the Federal Reserve would provide much needed transparency. As a nation, we must practice fiscally responsible policies to recover from this economic crisis as quickly as possible. The House Committee on Financial Services is reviewing this legislation regarding the role and efficiency of the Federal Reserve. I am not a member of that committee, but will keep your views in mind should a bill come to the House floor for a vote. {Bart Gordon 4/27/09}

Today I received this email saying that he is now a co-sponsor.

Dear Kenneth,

Knowing your support for transparency in our financial system, I wanted to update you on recent action regarding H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.
Like you, I believe we need more transparency in our financial sector. You will be pleased to know I am a cosponsor of this bill. The bill would allow the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit and make public what assets the Fed is buying and selling.
Chairman Barney Frank, of the House Financial Services Committee, announced he would include language from this bill in financial regulatory legislation this fall. I was pleased to learn of this development.
As we work to recover from this economic crisis, know I will be a voice for fiscal responsibility and sound monetary policy. I look forward to providing responsible oversight of the Federal Reserve {Bart Gordon 9/12/09}

Although a co-sponsor to HR 1207, Gordon doesn’t actually say he will vote for the bill but is ‘pleased to learn of the development that Frank will include language from this bill in financial regulatory legislation this fall.’ So what is he really saying? That HR 1207 will not be voted on or passed ‘as is’ but will be watered down and neutered inside another bill? That’s what it seems to me.

Bart’s slight of hand on the issue of the Federal Reserve is transparent. Congress has no intention of allowing a full honest audit. I think most are afraid to. Going against the money could be dangerous to their position and possibly their health.

Frontmen for the Fed, Treasury Secetary Tim “a line that we don’t want to cross” Geithner and Ben
“worried that an audit of monetary policy would result in a reduction of the independence of the Fed”
Bernanke will pull out all the stops to make sure an aggressive and full audit doesn’t happen.

If bribery doesn’t work, threats will. The Fed has more power than most people realize including control of judges. One controlled/bought judge, Alvin K. Hellerstein, who has just denied a freedom of information request for the Fed to disclose where the bailout money went, also has a history of cover-up regarding the attacks on 9/11. The whole system is rigged and there is an interconnection between a number of criminal activities.

So how many of the HR 1207 co-sponsors are just along for the ride attempting to hoodwink their voters and have no intention of allowing a comprehensive Fed audit much less the ultimate goal of serious economists and historians to abolish the Fed entirely? If ever there was an non-partisan issue, the crimes of the federal reserve is it.

Mr. Gordon, along with many other incumbents in Congress, should take a hard look at what their voting actions will be over the next year. There’s an increasing groundswell demanding accountability from our representatives. Removing those whose loyalty lies with corrupt banks and corporations is an option gaining momentum.

Bart, you are either with us (we the people) or you are against us.

It’s your choice. November 2010 is not that far away.


Bart Gordon’s voting record….with campaign contributors

My Congressman MIA

Bart Gordon Turns Towards the Right?

Bart Gordon Turns Toward the Right?

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This is my favorite book kiddies. “My Pet Goat”

A no vote by Mr. Gordon, TN 6th district congressman, on H.R. 1913 – the Hate Crime Bill, may mean that he heard a few voices on April 15, “Bye Bye Bart.

By turning towards the right I mean voting according to the constitution. Voting this way once does not make him a strict Constitutionalist. Pelosi and his other ‘leaders’ will see that he doesn’t go too far astray.

Of course this was a safe vote in going against Democratic majority. It wasn’t close and they’ll let him slide on this one if it saves Bart a few votes in 2010. The loyal ‘old hands’ have to stick together.

Let’s see which way he goes when the vote may be close and his vote would be seen as crucial.

His handlers will coach him.


Bart responded to my email asking him to vote no on HR 1913.

Dear Kenneth,

Thank you for sharing your opposition to H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Hearing from you helps me better represent Middle Tennessee.

Like you, I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment and its protections. I voted against this bill because I do not believe in special treatment for any group of people. All citizens are equal under the law and should be treated the same. H.R. 1913 passed the House on April 29, and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to call on me if I may ever be of assistance to you and your family.

Stay in touch,

Member of Congress


H.R. 1913…..that’s the same year the Federal Reserve came into being.

What about your vote on H.R. 1207 , the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.…. Bart.

There’s also H.R. 875, and 1816.

And these are just a few of the ‘critical’ votes you have to think about.

We remember your vote on the bailout Bart. It wasn’t pretty.

Decisions, decisions.

Bart Gordon Responds to H.R. 1207… sort of

Posted on “Nancy Pelosi sends a disk every Monday morning containing all the important issues and what my talking points are to be. H.R. 1207 seems to be missing from my list of things to do.”

I asked Mr. Gordon, Tennessee’s 6th district congressman, to become a sponsor for H.R. 1207. I also asked him why the bill would not be in the best interests of his constituents. His answer was less than encouraging.

Dear Kenneth,

Thank you for sharing your support for H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. Hearing from you helps me better represent Middle Tennessee.

I understand your view that auditing the Federal Reserve would provide much needed transparency. As a nation, we must practice fiscally responsible policies to recover from this economic crisis as quickly as possible. The House Committee on Financial Services is reviewing this legislation regarding the role and efficiency of the Federal Reserve. I am not a member of that committee, but will keep your views in mind should a bill come to the House floor for a vote.

Again, thank you for your input on this important issue. As always, if I may be of assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to call on me.

Ron Paul still is plugging along and now has 91 sponsors.

Ron Paul on HR 1207: Update 4/27/09

The message has been sent to Congress over and over again. Don’t mess with the Fed.

Patrick Lafferty speculates on the cowards in Congress and why they are reluctant to address the Federal Reserve issue.

Not since the assassination of Congressman Larry McDonald–when the International Banking Cartel decided to murder the 290 passengers aboard KAL flight 007 over Soviet airspace and the coverup after as to the reason why–has the issue not escaped Americans.

Just as former Senator John Tower and his daughter were among 23 persons murdered on April 5, 1991 when the twin-engine commuter plane they were aboard crashed while trying to land at an airport in Brunswick, GA–and the death of Senator John Heinz and six other people were killed on the previous day of April 4, 1991.

Heinz’s death occurred when a Bell 412 helicopter collided with the Senator’s Piper Aerostar plane over Merion Elementary School in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. All aboard the two aircraft and two first-grade girls playing outside the school were killed. The helicopter had been dispatched to check out a problem with the landing gear of Heinz’s plane. While moving in for a closer look, the helicopter’s rotor blades struck the bottom of the plane, causing both aircraft to lose control and crash.

These two Senators, who had seats on the Senate banking and Finance Committees, were involved with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Their deaths coincide with the efforts of McDonald and during June, 1989, the battle, waged at the state level, had once again reached Congress. Representative Henry Gonzalez of Texas, introduced House Resolution 1469, calling for the abolition of the Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve System. He also introduced House Resolution 1470, calling for the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

During the same session, Representative Phil Crane of Illinois, introduced H.R. 70, calling for an annual audit of the Federal Reserve, none of which ever made it to daylight.

Along with the death of Charles Lindbergh’s son, the poisoning of Louis McFadden, JKF and RFK and several other IBC assassinations, efforts to get to the heart of the Fed and it’s total corruption have been met with resistance.

Today, we can without hesitation make a stand to force our pathetic legislators to sponsor H. Res 1207 and get the accountability and action we have been denied for too many years.

Ron Paul’s legislation HR 1207, The Federal Reserve Transparency Act, is gaining support. HR 1207 has 91 co-sponsors and real potential to pass – BUT only if we educate and rally the people to support it and get our Congresspeople to put it to vote and pass it. {source – OpEdNews}

Mr. Gordon needs to represent his constituents, not special interests and the elite bankers of the Federal Reserve. Failure to do so could mean the Bye Bye Bart chorus becomes reality.

Bart Gordon on the Industrial Hemp Farming Act

Posted on Tennessee’s 6th district congressman, Bart Gordon, responded to my request that he back HR 1866, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act 0f 2009.

As usual on certain issues, Bart has no opinion. He will defer to the recommendations of his colleagues. This bill would be of great benefit to Tennessee’s farmers but Bart slides out the back door and will not take a stand. He’s sure the bill will never leave committee so he won’t make a public statement on it.

Dear Kenneth,

Thank you for sharing your support for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Hearing from you helps me better represent Middle Tennessee.

In this difficult economic climate, farmers need all the help they can get. This bill which would permit agricultural hemp farming has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. I look forward to reviewing the recommendations of my colleagues should this bill come to a vote on the House floor.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to call on me again if I may be of assistance to you or your family.

Stay in touch,
Member of Congress