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moifrey 10/27/2011 3:07pm

This is “Big Government” at its worst. I’m appalled.

moifrey 06/24/2011 5:32am

Yeah, you’re the only one, kir. And the answer to your question is no.

moifrey 03/21/2009 4:42pm

This is a good bill. Peace Corps funding is an essential investment for this country, and this is not a lot of money, compared to what we’re spending on Wall Street. The amounts proposed are a good ramp up to the more expanded Peace Corps Obama promised us.

moifrey 03/10/2008 4:51pm

These kinds of plans can be a source of tax savings for some people. More importantly, they help a family budget and save for health care expenses. Big employers have these plans, so why shouldn’t small businesses?

moifrey 03/10/2008 4:37pm

I think that exception pretty much has to be in there. Ever since American intervention produced so much chaos in Iraq, the country has been a magnet for all kinds of international thugs and scum looking for a rock to crawl under. Since we still don’t have a viable way to turn Iraq into the peaceful democratic country George Bush used to tell us it would be, they’ll probably be there for a long time. Congress can’t turn off all the counter-insurgency operations. Far better to have the military do that work, anyway, than the CIA.

This bill will probably never become law, tho. The veto pen will come out…

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moifrey 02/28/2008 3:37pm

My understanding is that earmarks are not published in the text of a bill. Rather, they are added to the bill just before it’s voted on.

Tracing earmarks is a difficult enterprise, but the Seattle Times investigative news team did it for one important bill, which took them weeks and weeks of mind-numbing research effort. But it paid off, because now they have an earmark database. Check it out at http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/favorfactory/.

Look for more communities to follow their lead. Eventually, that information could make its way into sites like OpenCongress, but even when it does, it will be after-the-fact to the bill’s passage. Unless things change, that is, and access to the information could just make that happen.

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moifrey 02/28/2008 3:30pm

Anonymous, your attack on mhkid is unwarranted. You’re reading WAY too much into his comment.

Hiding behind anonymity and hurling insults won’t convince anyone to agree with you, it’s just cowardly and nasty.

moifrey 02/27/2008 4:07pm

The facts would seem to be on the side of this bill’s sponsors and their supporters. $18 billion would go a long way toward building the alternative energy industry, and that in turn would stimulate the economy. Like many investors in this country’s energy sector, I have positions in both traditional and alternative companies. If alternative continues to grow as I hope it will, I’ll shift assets out of oil and natural gas and into solar (or whatever). I frankly don’t see a downside to this legislation.

The Bush Administration has a point when he says it’s unfair to withdraw the manufacturing credit from JUST this industry. So, broaden the billl. In fact, let’s withdraw it from OTHER dinosaurs we don’t want this planet and the people of this country be obliged support. Any industry that continues to make profits by using up our non-renewable natural resources, should have manufacturing credit withdrawn, those revenues to be used to find renewable alternatives through responsible means.

moifrey 02/27/2008 1:49pm

This bill will provide an immediate stimulus to the economy because 1) it’s easy and cheap to administer, using existing bureaucracies States already have in place to administer employment programs and 2) unemployed people will immediately take that money and go out and spend it in the retail economy, unlike tax rebates that many people will tuck into savings accounts.


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moifrey’s Supported Bills

Bill Status Last Action
S.2544 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Jan 22, 2008
H.R.5351 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 (110th congress) House Passed Feb 28, 2008
H.Res.1001 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5351) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the production of renewable energy and energy conservation. (110th congress) House Passed Feb 27, 2008
S.2634 A bill to require a report setting forth the global strategy of the United States to combat and defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates. (110th congress) Introduced Feb 28, 2008
H.R.5140 Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Feb 13, 2008
S.2633 A bill to provide for the safe redeployment of United States troops from Iraq. (110th congress) Introduced Feb 27, 2008
S.555 SIMPLE Cafeteria Plan Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Feb 12, 2007
H.R.1424 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 03, 2008
H.R.5353 Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced May 06, 2008
H.R.5749 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 (110th congress) House Defeats Jun 13, 2008
H.R.6899 Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act (110th congress) House Passed Nov 18, 2008
H.Res.530 Censuring George W. Bush. (110th congress) Introduced Aug 10, 2007
H.R.1066 Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Feb 13, 2009
H.R.1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (111th congress) Bill Is Law Feb 17, 2009
H.R.1388 The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (111th congress) Bill Is Law Apr 21, 2009
S.560 Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Mar 10, 2009
S.1382 Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Jun 29, 2010
H.R.1283 Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Mar 31, 2009
H.R.3200 America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Oct 14, 2009
S.J.Res.29 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections. (112th congress) Introduced Nov 01, 2011

moifrey’s Opposed Bills

Bill Status Last Action
S.Res.71 A resolution expressing support for the Transitional Federal Government of the Somali Republic. (110th congress) Introduced Feb 05, 2007
H.R.6304 FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Jul 10, 2008
S.1959 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Aug 02, 2007
H.R.1955 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Oct 24, 2007