- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
After reading Calvin Brien’s Feb. 20 letter, I felt compelled to respond. The letter was about our congressman, Steny Hoyer, and how he supposedly supports Southern Maryland and especially Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
While Rep. Hoyer certainly has done good things for his constituents, it is no more than any other competent politician would do, and to state otherwise is at the very least misleading. He is by no means the savior of Southern Maryland. He is effective for us in California, Md., but more effective for California Congressional District 12, represented by Nancy Pelosi. Their voting records on 61 bills from 2012 are eerily similar.
Nobody wants these budget cuts to happen, however, sequestration was President Obama’s idea. Hoyer is apparently against sequestration now, although he voted for it on Aug. 1, 2011, in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and had at least three other separate occasions to vote for some other mechanism to counter the effect of sequestration. Apparently Mr. Hoyer is doing a great imitation of a flip flop, as he was for it before he was against it.
Since Mr. Hoyer’s continued election is assured until he passes away, there is no real incentive for him to address the needs of his constituents. He is more concerned with the national Democratic Party than he is about Southern Maryland. There is only one reason for him to speak so vigorously at this moment and counteract his previous actions — he wants the attention. Apparently attention is somehow equated to action by a large number of Southern Maryland voters who think that there is actually something being done. Obfuscation is the only thing being accomplished here.
I would also point out that Mr. Hoyer voted against the following bills that directly affect us here in Southern Maryland: Balanced Budget Amendment, Nov. 18, 2011; Extending payroll tax cuts, Dec. 13, 2011; Payroll tax cut extension, Dec. 20, 2011; Sequester Replacement Act of 2012, May 10, 2012; Federal Reserve Transparency Act, July 25, 2012; Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, July 26, 2012; Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012, Aug. 1, 2012; Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012, Aug. 2, 2012; National Security and Job Protection Act, Sept. 13, 2012; Spending Reduction Act of 2012, Dec. 20, 2012; Congressional Pay Freeze and Fiscal Responsibility Act, Jan. 1, 2013.
All of these bills passed the House and many went on to be signed by the president. Mr. Hoyer is apparently averse to fiscal restraint and/or responsibility. Instead, he blames President George W. Bush, who has not been in office for many years now, for our present financial crisis. Maybe Mr. Hoyer has been breathing the rarefied air of Washington for so long that he has forgotten that the president cannot spend one cent. Congress, by virtue of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1 Section 7 for revenue, and Section 8 for appropriations, is the only body of our government that can raise or spend funds. If blame is to be laid, it must fall 100 percent to the feet of Mr. Hoyer and his colleagues, Democrat and Republican.
Mr. Brien states, “I know he’ll (Mr. Hoyer) continue to fight on our behalf to avert these painful cuts and help protect jobs in Southern Maryland.” If Mr. Hoyer’s voting record as stated above is considered fighting for us, all I can say is don’t fight too hard; we can’t afford it.
Patrick Riggs, California