Ten 11 12 Reasons to Vote against Spencer Bachus
While there are a plenty of reasons to vote against Spencer Bachus, we thought we’d have a little fun and highlight the top ten.
Please come back often as we’ll be updating this list daily. Update: Due to popular demand, we are now adding additional reasons to this list.
- After receiving a high-level briefing by top government officials about the impending collapse of the American financial markets, Spencer Bachus bought stock options that would increase in value when the markets went down and made tens of thousands of dollars on this insider information. And now he is currently under an ethics investigation because of it. In other words, Bachus made money betting on America’s failure, and he did so in a manner which would have been illegal for the rest of us.
- Spencer Bachus endorsed the largest proposed tax increase in the history of Alabama. Of course, the people of the state voted the incredibly unpopular tax down by a two-to-one margin. While both Representative Bachus and Senator Beason have signed pledges promising not to raise taxes, it’s easy to see which one talks the talk and which one walks the walk.
- Spencer Bachus sided with illegal aliens by criticizing Alabama’s new illegal immigration law, saying it is not the answer and it would hurt the State’s economy. Instead, HB56 seems to have reduced the jobless rate in Alabama faster than any other state in the country.
- A nationally recognized conservative foundation recently named Spencer Bachus as one of the Top 10 most corrupt politicians in Washington. “He has become the face of a congressional ‘insider trading’ scandal that has rocked the Washington establishment as 2011 draws to a close,” reads one Judicial Watch article about Bachus.
- Spencer Bachus sided with Barack Obama in his support of the Cash for Clunkers boondoggle, which turned out to be another government-run bureaucratic nightmare. Consumer experts from Edmunds to Freakonomics condemned the program a “clunker” while the extraordinary cost of the program added to the deficit.
- As Chairman of the committee that oversees banks, Spencer Bachus has received over $600,000 in campaign contributions from big banks, insurance and financial service industry companies. Bachus was quoted as saying that “My view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.”
- In 2007, Spencer Bachus and Barack Obama co-sponsored legislation that would have sent $845 Billion in additional tax dollars to the United Nations for them to spend as they wished. In part, this money would likely have been used for the extra-constitutional banning of “small arms and light weapons” while supporting the environmentalist agenda of the Kyoto Protocol.
- Spencer Bachus voted for billions of dollars in bank bailouts that allowed taxpayer money to be used for Wall Street Executives to receive huge bonuses. Of course, Bachus also receives significant contributions from executives at Wall Street institutions.
- When Spencer Bachus ran for Congress, he promised to only serve six years. In 1995, he cast a vote for term limits. He’s now been in Washington for 20 years! Since Bachus won’t honor his own promises, it’s up to us to do it for him.
- Spencer Bachus has received more campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the last 20 years than any other member of the US House of Representatives. Even more than Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi! At the same time, Bachus served as Chairman of the Committee responsible for overseeing these two organizations which played a very large role in the collapse of the housing market.
Oops! We had planned for a top ten list, but additional reasons to oppose voting for Bachus seem to pop up daily. We’ll keep adding to the list until we run out of days or run out of reasons, whichever comes first.
- Spencer Bachus seems afraid to make any public appearances in Alabama such as open townhall meetings or candidate forums to which he’s been invited. Likewise, he seems totally unwilling to appear as a guest on talk radio programs. He’s been critical of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement in the past. He does raise a lot of money in DC and hold private fundraisers with his banker buddies, though. Is he afraid to take questions from the general public?
- Spencer Bachus has put our children almost $7 Trillion dollars in debt. That’s trillion with a “T”! He’s cast votes on eight separate occasions to pass our rapidly increasing deficit on to our children and grandchildren.