Friday, December 16, 2005

Gary - who cares what the people in my district thinks - Ackerman:

Once again the taxpaying citizens of congressional district 5 in New York have unknowingly been victim to the voting habits of Congressman Gary Ackerman. For some reason Congressman Ackerman thinks the thousands of patriots that died for freedom from Britain did it so one man can vote however he pleases. You would think after 22 years in Congress Gary Ackerman would know that his job is to vote the way the people in his district want him to vote and not how his own beliefs thinks he should. Has he never heard of the term “no taxation without representation”?

For people who don’t follow Congressman Ackerman (which is unfortunately the majority of the people in his district) he is the guy who when bills pass in Congress 400-24 with both sides supporting it, votes with the 20.

His latest head-scratching vote came yesterday when Congress passed a resolution 401-22 protecting the symbols and traditions of Christmas while strongly acting against the banning of references to Christmas. The congressman for some crazy reason voted with the 22. He was also the only Democrat in liberal, home of Hillary Clinton, New York to vote against the resolution. Does he think that the predominantly Christian district that he represents would approve of this vote? Votes like this just prove how selfish and out of touch he has become over the last 20 years.

This is the same Congressman back in May who voted against making penalties for gang violence stronger by making it subject to federal law. Again this bill was a no brainer with most Democrats supporting it. Not Congressman Ackerman though who for some reason thinks the people of his district support gang violence and crimes.

This guy is up for re-election in 2006 and I would be willing to bet, knowing the people in his district where I have lived for 30 years, would vote for an alternative if they just knew his record.

PS: I urge anyone who lives in his district to contact his office about his vote on Christmas. 718-423-2154

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