by sherry clark
*Note: NO! photo or video is available for this story. Please see “Pat Tiberi Seeks to Silence the Free Press” for details.
On Monday, September 29 Representative Pat Tiberi and Democratic challenger David Robinson faced off in their first debate. This was following at least four previously held events where “Our Congressman” had disappointed the 12th District electorate by being unable to attend while the Democratic challenger David Robinson maintained perfect debate attendance.
The Delaware, Ohio debate was held in a local vocational school. Tiberi flew in from Washington just hours after he went “His Own Way” and said NO! to the $700 Billion bailout package.
That evening, Tiberi confidently addressed the audience of approximately 150 Delawareans saying:
“We had a vote today that I told the President, ‘NO!’
“Some say I can’t tell the president, ‘NO!‘
“But I told my party leadership, ‘NO!‘
“Because at the end of the day, when I look into my daughter’s eyes, it’s about her.
“It’s about the next generation of Americans. It’s not about party. It’s about doing the right thing.”
Based on his opposition to the bill, The Liberty Voice posted our support on our website saying, “We salute Pat Tiberi on this choice.”
The Delaware Gazette reported, “Tiberi felt the bill didn’t adequately protect consumers and was jammed through Congress.”
According to Tiberi on Monday, his NO! vote represented the will of his constituents. He said,
“Main Street wasn’t protected in that bill. That’s who I got the phone calls from.
“The phone calls from Central Ohio were AGAINST it!!!
“We’ve got to deal with the reality of what we can do, cause at the end of the day, guess who’s going to pay for it–WE ARE!”
Good, honest Pat told us the way it really was, and Columbus Dispatch printing company seemed to agree with their 9/25 article entitled, “To many people, bailout ‘stinks’” by Stever Wartenberg and Jonathan Riskind. It included such phrases as,
“’No one was protecting the consumers from the predatory and unethical lending practices. Where is my bailout?’
“The overwhelming majority of the 4,000 people who have contacted the offices of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ‘…think they’re being had.’
“Ohio lawmakers are getting flooded with hundreds of calls, e-mails and letters, and the reaction has been almost completely hostile, according to Brown and the office of Ohio’s other senator, Republican George V. Voinovich.
“Brown, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, told Paulson and Bernanke during Tuesday’s hearing that, ‘Like my colleagues, my phones have been ringing off the hook. The sentiment from Ohioans about this proposal is universally negative.’
At the debate, 12th Congressional challenger David Robinson criticized his opponent’s role in the current economic crisis saying,
“We’re not just talking about Wall Street–we’re talking about your 401Ks,” as he pointed to the crowd, “your pension funds and the safety of your retirement funds.”
“The thing we need to ask ourselves long-term is, how did we get into this mess?
“Failure of oversight by those in government who should have been watching the financial industry–again including my opponent who’s been on the Housing Subcommittee for FOUR years on his watch–this problem arose.
Meanwhile, “Our Congressman” modestly[?] removed his current and long-time service as a member on the Housing Subcommittee from his official and congressional campaign websites.
Of course, in addition to the Housing Subcommittee, Tiberi also sits on the Budget Committee which has watched over the largest debt increases in United States history, bar none.
At the debate, Tiberi said with a straight face,
“I’m for a balanced budget. I’m for the line-item veto.
“Federal spending is out of control! The federal government should have to balance its budget!”
As the CDPC continued to display their unwaivering endorsement of “Their Congressman” the printing company pronounced,
“Most candidates are fiscal conservatives during the campaign season; the proof is what happens when they get to Capitol Hill.”
Tiberi is also a former member of the House Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises and was present when that committee held a series of hearings on accounting irregularities at Fannie Mae way back on February 9, 2005 where the following statements were recorded from a line-up of Tiberi’s fellow committee members and guest experts:
“The Office of Federal Enterprise Housing Oversight, known as OFHEO, [conducted] … a forensic accounting audit of Fannie Mae. This was the first [such examination] in the enterprise’s history.
“The audit, resulted in … sufficient concern to result in a report to this committee of those findings.
“The unfortunate [but corroborative] findings of the Securities and Exchange Commission is that the accounting practices of Fannie Mae were not just a mere exercise of bad judgment or a one-time aberrant act, but a consistent misapplication at best, or at the worst an intentional act of accounting misrepresentation.”
“I am concerned that if Fannie Mae encountered difficulties in accounting for these contracts, then other financial services providers may also have comparable problems that could cause difficulties for our economy.”
“Although the accounting restatement amounts to approximately $9 billion, Fannie Mae has taken certain actions to recapitalize and to increase its capitalization with … negotiations ongoing.
“Mr. Chairman, this hearing will play an important role in determining the type of legislation, if any, Congress will introduce and consider this Congress to reform the Government-Sponsored Enterprise system.
“We’re all aware of the economic damage that took place in the wake of other corporate accounting scandals, be it Enron, WorldCom or Tyco. And in 2001–in terms of assets–Enron was only about one- sixteenth the size that Fannie Mae is today, and WorldCom and Tyco were about one-tenth the size of Fannie in terms of assets. These facts cannot be ignored.
“No one should dismiss this matter as inconsequential or not worthy of continued and detailed scrutiny. These are serious allegations that should not be politicized.
Meanwhile, 3 year and a half years later Tiberi sent glossy campaign postcards complete with sunny family photos–duly noted as having been paid for by US taxpayers–to his base back home. These publicly-funded postcards failed to tell the rest of US any of the aforementioned [yet inconsequential?] details of systemic economic failure, yet wouldn’t that have been a better use of our resources?
In Tiberi’s defense he did advise these same voters at Monday’s debate that,
“If you break the law, there’s a consequence to this. We are a nation of LAWS and people have made fun of the laws of this country. You have to have order in the United States.”
For example, Pat Tiberi at the beginning of each of his four terms as United States Representative has made the following sworn statement:
“I, Pat Tiberi, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Yet while others in the market and throughout Congress appeared to be shocked, shocked! that such a massive bailout was suddenly necessary, “Our Congressman” feigned ignorance for 3 years, 7 months and 21 days as he strategized his own exit.
Of course, there is the possibility that his ignorance wasn’t feigned.
The Democratic opponent, David Robinson described the need for oversight and taxpayer protection from bad debt at the debate. He told the voters,
“We need true oversight of the financial industries so we do not have this problem arise again.
“We have to protect taxpayers. We have to protect the taxpayers to make sure we aren’t the ones caught holding the bag of toxic debts, while those that caused the problem get off scot free.”
New York University’s Nouriel Roubini said the plan was “totally flawed.” and was,
“A disgrace: a bailout of reckless bankers, lenders, and investors that provided little direct debt relief to borrowers and financially stressed households and that it would come at a very high cost to the US taxpayer.”
Earlier in September, in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson said that he was shocked, shocked! to learn just over two years ago that no federal agency regulated mortgage-lending, and that this was an area entirely left to the states.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
What Paulson (the appointed ‘King Henry’ of the Treasury as of Friday, October 3) did not say was that every state in the Union had attempted to avert the disaster for the past 5 years, but they were prevented from doing so by the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
In a February 14 article published in the Washington Post, New York governor Eliot Spitzer, less than just one month before resigning in shame wrote:
“In 2003, during the height of the predatory lending crisis, the OCC invoked a clause from the 1863 National Bank Act to issue formal opinions preempting all state predatory lending laws, thereby rendering them inoperative. The OCC also promulgated new rules that prevented states from enforcing any of their own consumer protection laws against national banks.
“The federal government’s actions were so egregious and so unprecedented that all 50 state attorneys general, and all 50 state banking superintendents, actively fought the new rules. But the unanimous opposition of the 50 states did not deter, or even slow, the Bush administration’s goal of protecting the banks. In fact, when my office opened an investigation of possible discrimination in mortgage lending by a number of banks, the OCC filed a federal lawsuit to stop the investigation.”
After years of such unbecoming (prostitution) activities, Spitzer was politically assassinated just 29 days following his warning to the American public of the looming sub-prime lending crisis and accusing the Bush administration of protecting the banks as well as forbidding the states from protecting their own consumers.
What an unlikely co-incidence. Is this how our society rewards such prophesy?
At the debate on September 29, Tiberi said,
“I’m [a] tool of [the] financial services industry!”
This statement was later confirmed by his vote on Friday, October 3.
“And yet I voted against their biggest bill in the history of the United States today.
Oh, so he voted against it before he voted for it. Tiberi continued his belittling tone,
“It’s just an amazing thing. [It was the financial services industry] who wanted the bill today folks!
“It wasn’t you all!
“It was the financial services industry! It was Wall Street!”
Despite Pat Tiberi’s long-standing 93% lockstep Republican record “Our Congressman” listened to the sentiment of his constituents and was willing “go his own way,” stand up and say NO! to those financial institutions lobbying in Washington!
Tiberi Campaign industry contributions in 2008:
Securities & Investment $83,293
“Because at the end of the day, when [he] looks into [his] daughter’s eyes, it’s about her…”
It was after all, the largest financial bill in the history of the United States, and Tiberi told one local paper that Monday’s vote came like a “gun to our heads.” This comment may have felt like understatement to Tiberi, as every back-room mafia trick “ta-git-da-money” was probably employed.
David Robinson was asked about the unconstitutional P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and said:
We do not need to chose between defending our country and defending our Constitution. The Congress has failed to hold the Executive branch [accountable]–which has overreached and infringed on our privacies in ways that as Americans we should NEVER have allowed.
Congress has lacked the backbone in standing up to this administration, but if you send me to Congress, I will not tolerate infringements of our Constitution –which is the bedrock of this country that we all love.
On Monday, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) warned the American people of:
“Constitutional enemies of the Republic and the fraudulent bailout.”
“My message to the American people is don’t let Congress seal this deal. High financial crimes have been committed.
“The normal legislative process has been shelved. Only a few insiders are doing the dealing–sounds like insider trading to me. These criminals have so much political power, they can shut down the normal legislative process of the highest law-making body of this land.
“We are Constitutionally sworn to protect and defend this Republic against all enemies foreign and domestic. And my friends, there are enemies.
“The people pushing this deal are the very ones who are responsible for the implosion on Wall Street. They were fraudulent then and they are fraudulent now.”
Michael Burgess, ( R-TX) also said on Monday,
“I understand we are under Marshall Law as declared by the speaker last night.”
He then insisted that “the largest fundamental change in our nation’s financial system in its history” be posted on the internet for 24 hours so the American people could see “what we have done in the dark of night.”
If Marshall law [a suspention of normal House rules and procedures such as a minimum 24-hour time for legislative review] has been imposed in the People’s House of the United States to pass such an egregious bill, how much longer will it be before Marshall Law comes to the houses of the rest of US?
Is it acceptable to US that “Our Representatives” were forced to vote under duress for or against a contract binding the American people to pay exorbitant sums of money, rewarding bad behavior and against the best interests of the rest of US?
Civil unrest resulting from from the financial meltdown is a distinct possibility, given the broad impacts of financial collapse on lifelong savings, pension funds and homeownership.
Oddly enough, The Army Times reported that beginning October 1,
“The 3rd Infantry’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, following their return from Iraq would defend the Homeland, as an on-call federal response force for natural or man-made emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks. After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.”
With US forces overstretched in Iraq, why would the Pentagon decide to undertake this redeployment within the USA, just one month before the presidential elections?
The American rallying cry of “No taxation without representation” is an echo of a quote attributed to William Molyneux, who said,
“To tax me without consent is little better, if at all, than downright robbing me.”
Leading up to the 9/29 vote, the largest daily newspaper in Pat Tiberi’s District–the Columbus Dispatch printing company [CDPC] ran headlines like, “Bad-News Reports Fan Fears About Recession” which at least one reader described as, “[screaming] in 1 & 1/2 inch letters.”
Another headline read, “OUR ECONOMY IS IN DANGER” and seemed uncharacteristically dramatic for the daily publication’s well-known conservative printing style.
The only such dramatic headlines have been traditionally reserved for great victories of the local source of pride, the OHIO STATE BUCKEYES!
Following Tiberi’s rejection of the bailout and his NO! vote, “Our Congressman” enjoyed a chorus of praise by local print, radio and television “journalists,” but by Thursday the coverage swerved back toward the far-right and the CDPC quoted Tiberi as saying,
“This [bailout bill] is clearly headed in the right direction, and the concerns I had on Monday morning are being addressed, and I think we’ll have something by the end of the week.”
By the next morning, Columbus Dispatch printing company readers were surprised to read two letters to the editor which were uncharacteristically critical of Tiberi’s NO! vote on Monday.
The printing company’s apparent opposition to “Their Congressman’s” position appeared on the very morning that Tiberi changed his vote to YES! on the “the largest fundamental change in our nation’s financial system in its history” and following four financially, fear-filled days, the bill had fluffed from a fit 102 pages to a fattened 451, with a proportional amount of pork to fill the fascist-funded feeding frenzy.
The coverage of “Our Congressman” in the CDPC seemed to be carried by the proverbial, prevailing and parallel winds which propelled their perfected political propaganda past unphased faithful followers fortified by the parading partners promoting their co-ordinated corporatist dance. Upon approval for his past ‘Pat’sy-play performance which preys on the People through papers of propaganda, if history is a judge, not only will this pair get off “scot free,” their timely two-step will be “praised in the parishes and in the public places.”
Was this coverage, which in hindsight has benefited Tiberi immensely, a matter of mere coincidence, or was it part of some political ploy planned in pretty [not-so] public-places?
Is it possible that the Columbus Dispatch printing company knew in advance of Tiberi’s changing position and thus sought to justify “Their Congressman” by printing these two challenging letters on Friday–the very morning of Tiberi’s switch to, ‘YES!‘?
According to CDPC reporter Jonathan Riskind’s Friday, October 3, 3:08 p.m. post,
“Tiberi said this morning before the vote that the Senate bill was better than the first House measure because…” blah, blah, blah.
Of course the CDPC would never aid in the political strategy of “Their Congressman!”
Yet, how many times was “Their Congressman’s” Democratic challenger David Robinson’s position reported in regards to the largest bailout appropriations bill in United States history? It’s one month before the elections on the largest piece of legislation passed in the history of the United States and challenger David Robinson hasn’t been asked to respond to Tiberi’s latest two-step?
How can that brand of “fair and balanced” be anything but a grave disservice to the constituents of the twelfth? Then again, if the printing company has endorsed “Their Congressman” how could the CDPC give Robinson any attention on this matter since Tiberi would appear to be just another bought and paid-for politician?
At the debate, David Robinson addressed his opponent and advised the voters,
“If you look at how he’s voting and who he’s serving, my friends, it is the special interests. Whether we’re looking at health care policy, energy policy, or most recently, banking and financial policy, he is not representing the broad middle class–and YOU would be the ones I would be serving in Washington.”
The CDPC further defended Tiberi’s October 3 vote on their website posting,
“[Tiberi] said that while ‘Joe Six Pack’ might still be against a bailout that is perceived as coming to the rescue of Wall Street, ‘Joe Six Pack’s employer’ was in danger of having to lay people off or not continue with planned expansions.”
“Joe Six Pack” is the kind of guy who:
Like Tiberi, Sarah Palin likes to refer to herself as a normal “Jo[sephine] Six-pack” in front of voters, but they can both afford the really good stuff.
Tiberi’s personal worth exceeds that of his Republican Vice-Presidential counterpart, but should the McCain-Palin ticket prevail on November 4, that status will likely be reversed.
To sum, according to Pat Tiberi’s latest two-step last week, he used to be for “Joe Six-Pack” but now he’s for “Joe Six-Pack’s employer.”
More specifically however, Tiberi said YES! to “Joe Six-pack’s employer’s bank’s highest executives” who are slipping out the back of corporate jets in golden parachutes and two-stepping their way behind closed doors. And once again, to hell with “Joe Six-Pack” and his family.
“Cause at the end of the day, guess who’s going to pay for it–WE ARE!”