Will a Real Conservative Please Stand Up

September 18, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

I hate to continue to harp on Congressman Inglis (well, maybe I do enjoy it a little), but what in the world is going on!

Mr. Inglis claims to be a conservative.  He quotes scripture in his mailings, supposedly believes in off shore drilling, supposedly believes in smaller government, an anti-nanny state, recently claims to be a supporter of a balanced budget, somewhat questions how much government should be involved in the bailouts and supports cap and trade proposals.

Well, I believe Mr. Inglis’ supposed support of offshore drilling just sank!  He voted in favor of HR 6899 which banned any new off shore drilling development within 50 miles of the coast line.

Now before we go into arguing that if it is any closer it will destroy the view from the beaches, the average person (being a generous 6 feet tall) standing at sea level can only see 3 miles out (due to the curvature of the earth).  A mere 13 miles if you are 100 feet above sea level.  With that said, an oil rig 20 miles out will most probably not be seen by the tourists on the beaches.

Most researchers also argue that most of the oil and natural gases found on the continental shelf are within that 50 mile stretch.

Effectively, Inglis thinks he has pulled the wool over the peoples eyes and he can continue to claim that he supports off shore drilling.  Not if I have anything to say about it!  Here are Inglis’ comments on the vote complements of the Greenville News:

“Over and over, (constituents) asked why Congress can’t work together to get something done,” Inglis said. “This measure is far short of what we need, but it’s a start.”

It is pretty much given that we will have Inglis for another two years.  Will somebody please stand up with true conservative values and take a stand?

By the way…I will be at Wades Monday for Inglis’ “Let’s Talk”.  I can not wait to see how he defends his position on the bill to the people.

Bob Inglis to Host Let’s Talk Events in April

April 20, 2008 by  
Filed under News

I received the monthly update from Inglis’ staff the other day announcing his monthly Let’s Talk meetings. He will be discussing “food…fuel…foreclosures” at the events in the upstate over the next two weeks. Monday, April 21st he will be at Tommy’s Ham House for lunch in Greenville and on April 28th, he will be in Spartanburg at Wade’s Restaurant for lunch.  You can catch Congressman Inglis again on the 28th at USC – Upstate in his debate with Charles Jeter.  Let’s talk provides an environment for discussion, criticism, and the such while the debate will take questions from the audience before the event to be used in the debate.

The update contained the following lines

- Food costs are being driven up because corn is being used for ethanol, proving the need for breakthroughs in cellulosic ethanol
– Gas and diesel prices are pinching businesses and consumers, demonstrating our need to put pedal-to-the-metal on development of fuels of the future
– Foreclosures are multiplying as high flying credit becomes reacquainted with the law of gravity
– What’s a country and its Congress to do?

Just as Inglis’ Healthcare Tour across the upstate promoted Universal Health Care (surprisingly not one media outlet has covered his proposal, the Spartanburg Herald Journal did not have a reporter at the event), I suspect more government intervention from this meeting, but we’ll see.

I will provide details on the Health Care Proposal at a later date.

Confessions of a Congressman – Immigration

July 28, 2007 by  
Filed under News

Right now I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I was meeting with a U.S. Representative yesterday discussing ideas on how to handle various issues in the House. Of the topics were immigration, energy, partisanship, Iraq and Iran.

An interesting discussion came up around immigration. What do we do? We had the ball rolling and a few Senators came and took the ball off of the playing field. So where do we go from here? I couldn’t go without being quiet, so I asked the Congressman why he did not produce a piece of legislation, go up to Nancy, and work on a bill dedicated solely to boarder security. And after that was in place, then attack the resident illegal alien issue. His response was if I did that, I could only get 25 votes in the Senate. Again, I said then work with the Nancy and any other Democrat to come to a solution. And his response is that they won’t, they do not want to work to resolve that problem.

I approached him afterwards trying to further understand “why?”. His answer was simple. The Republican Senators who yanked the bill off of the floor gave the Democrats a reason not to work with them. They can now say the Republicans killed the bill and use that to hang over there heads.

A heated discussion developed concerning the topic. A good friend of mine who was their was totally insulted and humiliated by another member in the audience. There was no regard for humanity. She was told that she had no more right in America or to things in this nation than her family because one of her family members had come in illegally. The individual said my family did it the right way and worked hard to get here and something along the lines of you don’t deserve anything from the government. Mind you, my friend is a US Citizen, and her family is not here “living the easy life”. My friend has received her bachelors degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education, and has just left her job to return to school to work on her Ph.D in Mathematics. Both her parents work their tails off and her brother is actively serving in the US Air Force.

In great motion of thoughtfulness, his Chief-of-Staff followed her out as she left to return to work (The Congressman was still mediating discussions) to get some information from her. This happened on Monday. Tuesday night this Congressman called my friend to apologize for the individuals comments and encouraged her to return the next month’s meeting. He also explained some of that individuals situation to her (not in individuals defense).

Who is this Congressman? His name….Bob Inglis. You can meet with him on the 4th Monday of every month at Wade’s. More information is available at his campaign website “Let’s Talk”.