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Tom McClintock (R-CA) Gives his First Floor Speech in Congress
CSPAN ^ | January 14, 2009

Posted on 01/15/2009 9:03:44 AM PST by ElkGroveDan



TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 111th; compean; mcclintock; ramos; ramoscompean
Free Ramos and Compean.

Great to finally see Tom in Congress!

1 posted on 01/15/2009 9:03:44 AM PST by ElkGroveDan
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To: SierraWasp; calcowgirl; NormsRevenge

ping


2 posted on 01/15/2009 9:04:14 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock
House Floor
January 15, 2009

Mr. Speaker:

I rise today to express my hope that this President will not leave office before using his pardon to correct one of the great injustices of our time: the imprisonment of Border Patrol officers Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. They’re the officers who wounded a drug smuggler as he tried to escape. The drug smuggler got immunity; Ramos and Compean got lengthy prison sentences.

This injustice sends a chilling message to Border Patrol officers who are heroically trying to defend the integrity of our borders against enormous odds and with inadequate resources.

It cannot be allowed to stand.


3 posted on 01/15/2009 9:05:18 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
God Bless him! He's one of our Conservative hopefuls.
4 posted on 01/15/2009 9:09:52 AM PST by 444Flyer (Blame Hamas)
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To: 444Flyer

If McClintock was CA governor now, instead of the “other Conservative” Arnold(pardon me while I try to keep from laughing)CA would not be in the financial mess it is now.


5 posted on 01/15/2009 9:18:07 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47
California wasted it's last chance at real “change” by not putting a brilliant man like Tom McClintock into leadership of this state. It is reaping what it has sown in Arnold and the uberliberals at the helm.

Now I'm looking forward to watching his work in Congress. He will make a difference.

and (as you probably say too)
DON'T BLAME BE I VOTED FOR MCCLINTOCK

6 posted on 01/15/2009 9:26:05 AM PST by 444Flyer (Blame Hamas)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Good job, Tom!


7 posted on 01/15/2009 9:38:38 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Bobkk47

I beg to differ. California would not be in as deep a mess as it is, but they would still be in a mess. There has been too much spending mandated by the voters through the initiative process and taken off the discretionary budget to allow for really fixing this problem.


8 posted on 01/15/2009 10:20:40 AM PST by NVDave
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To: NVDave
There has been too much spending mandated by the voters through the initiative process and taken off the discretionary budget to allow for really fixing this problem.

That is partly true, but the growth in the last five years has been discretionary at the hands of the Legislature. A good governor could have vetoed all that.

9 posted on 01/15/2009 10:35:31 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Yes, he would have.

But your demographics, tax base and other issues would have you hitting the wall in a couple years anyway. There’s just no way around it in California any more.


10 posted on 01/15/2009 10:42:38 AM PST by NVDave
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To: NVDave
But your demographics, tax base and other issues would have you hitting the wall in a couple years anyway

California Tax revenues were soaring through the entire period. The only slowdown came last year, when the rest of the country took a similar hit.

11 posted on 01/15/2009 10:56:29 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

That’s nice, but the problem is that your expenditures were soaring too, and many of these expenditures are on auto-pilot, thanks to how the voter initiatives have set much of this spending in stone, outside the reach of legislative review. Nearly 70% of the California public spending can’t be touched by the legislature.

This situation was first seen not last year, but in 2001 to 2003, when the income tax base took a serious slump as a result of the dot-com implosion. The systemic imbalance was first seen then. Then Sacto started with the budget games, trying to play catch-up with fees, borrowing and thimblerigging to make the income match the spending. Well, it now comes down to this: your income base is crumbling, your ad valorem base is collapsing (and never was sustainable in the first place, due to unsustainable housing valuations) and business taxation won’t carry the day as businesses will likely use this downturn as an opportunity to leave the state.

Sooner or later a recession was going to happen. Sooner or later the housing valuations were going to collapse. 6.5X median household income as a housing valuation is simply not sustainable. You’re now at about 3.4X, and you need to get down to about 2.8X. Anyone who had a sound head on their shoulders has seen for years that the tax base in California has become increasingly unstable. That’s why I quit buying bonds out of California after 2002. The homework I did back then was what made me implore the CA GOP to leave Davis in office and allow the DNC to own the whole mess. Ahnuld merely pushed the impact with the wall out a few years. Y’all were going to get into this situation regardless of who was in office. The exact year was the only thing open to debate.

Now you’re there. Your situation is intractable. Some of the spending enshrined in these silly voter initiatives has to be put on the chopping block.


12 posted on 01/15/2009 11:33:09 AM PST by NVDave
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To: NVDave

I understand about automatic spending. But I also know having worked in that building for 15 years that a good Governor like Tom McClintock could have whipped the state into financial sanity. The 2001-2003 windfall was spent by the legislature on ongoing budget line items. All of those could be reversed and even eliminated in future years. Yes, the initiative process has created automatic spending burdens, but none of that is insurmountable with a real fiscal conservative at the helm.


13 posted on 01/15/2009 1:10:15 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: NVDave

Thank you for your rant. You must be insufferable to live with. I don’t disagree with anything you said. I know all about the state’s finances it’s been my life since 1990. Arnold and the Democrats drove our state into the ditch and Tom McClintock could have saved it. That’s my only point. End of discussion. Get lost.


14 posted on 01/15/2009 5:18:49 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

I might be insufferable.

But I compensate for it by being very profitable.

And that makes people tolerate a whole lot of my crap.


15 posted on 01/15/2009 5:37:56 PM PST by NVDave
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To: NVDave; ElkGroveDan
I don’t disagree with anything you said: EGD

I do. Your argument is pure ignorance; very similar to the big lie structure of most liberal presentations.

In this case: Nearly 70% of the California public spending can’t be touched by the legislature.

100% of California's public spending can be manipulated by a super majority of its Legislature with the concurrence of the executive.

California's budget is not a genetic monster, but rather a rudderless ship. Their is not a will in either the liberal legislature or the equally liberal executive to control spending.

16 posted on 01/15/2009 6:00:32 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: Amerigomag

Good point. I was just getting sick of the guy.


17 posted on 01/15/2009 6:13:41 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: ElkGroveDan; calcowgirl

What ever happened to the Tom McClintock ping list?


18 posted on 01/15/2009 6:32:54 PM PST by Kevmo ( It's all over for this Country as a Constitutional Republic. ~Leo Donofrio, 12/14/08)
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To: Kevmo
What ever happened to the Tom McClintock ping list?

Good question. I would be great to see it alive again. I get the feeling that Tom is going to become more visible on the national stage, and certainly around Northern California.

19 posted on 01/16/2009 7:51:26 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: Kevmo; ElkGroveDan

>>What ever happened to the Tom McClintock ping list?

It (i.e. me) was on a long (unplanned) vacation. ;-)

FYI, if that ever happens again, I put it on my profile page (in tiny print at the bottom.)


20 posted on 02/02/2009 4:35:04 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl
It (i.e. me) was on a long (unplanned) vacation. ;-)

Vacation, eh? I've been wondering where you'd gone off to.

21 posted on 02/02/2009 8:27:13 PM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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