Thursday, June 22, 2006

Jim Shows his Independence

We finally got to see that Independence Jim Walsh has been bragging about, except it turns out that he is only independent from himself.

Alas, the surprising Republican revolution over the minimum wage was short-lived. When Democrats offered identical minimum wage language to the Science, State Commerce and Justice Appropriation Bill on Tuesday, the wayward Republicans returned to the fold. Congressmen Ray LaHood of Illinois, Mike Simpson of Idaho, Jim Walsh of New York, Don Sherwood of Pennsylvania and Bill Young of Florida reversed their vote and opposed the provision they had supported only a week ago.


But obviously none of the seven members felt they could represent the sentiment of their constituents. Service in the House — at least on the Republican side of the aisle — now requires first and foremost subservience to the people within the chamber who the members elect, not those back home who elected them.

Of course this isn't the first time, Jim, has been subservient to his Republican masters, he also sold out New York when it came the amount of money appropriated to defend it and voted to allow polluters to go free in a proxy vote on Tom DeLay's leadership. Thanks Jim, it's good to know who's side your on.


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