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House Ethics Committee Stonewalled by Visclosky, Pete’s Pay-to-Play Case kicked up to the Dept. of Justice.

The NWI Times ran an article today reporting on the current status of Pete Visclosky’s ethics probe.

The board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted unanimously Thursday to give the U.S. Department of Justice some of the evidence it collected in its investigation of whether several members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., traded government appropriations for campaign contributions.

Visclosky has been accused of helping clients of the now-defunct PMA lobbying firm get multimillion-dollar federal spending earmarks in exchange for campaign contributions. The PMA group was Visclosky’s top fund raising source for several years.

The 13-term congressman has denied any wrongdoing.

Following an investigation, the nonpartisan, independent Office of Congressional Ethics found there was probable cause to believe Visclosky “solicited or accepted contributions or other items of value in exchange for or because of an official act.”

However, the House Committee on Standards of Professional Conduct, consisting of 10 members of the House, ended its separate investigation in February and said Visclosky and six other representatives tied to the PMA group had not violated any House rules.

Pete Visclosky refused to cooperate with the House investigation. Plus, the House ethics committee does not have the power to issue subpoenas or compel witnesses or lawmakers to testify. They are toothless, operating from a ‘he said, she said’ basis, and we all know how effective that course of action is in the legal system.  Visclosky stonewalled, refusing to talk about who did what and he did not assist in the investigation in any manner.

From NY Times: ”Today I received absolute vindication,” he said in a statement. ”This comes as no surprise because there was never anything to justify a review in the first place.”

In a statement, Visclosky said of the latest developments, “I am a strong proponent of transparency in the legislative process and in any instance where a member, staffer, lobbyist, contractor or anyone, for that matter, participated in inappropriate or illegal activities, they should be fully investigated.”

Yeah, right, “strong proponent of transparency…and in any instance [anyone who]…participated in inappropriate or illegal activities, they should be fully investigated.”  Hello Pete. YOU are being investigated.  Pete Visclosky claims he is innocent and if that is truly the case then why doesn’t Pete tow a little red wagon full of papers and records to the Office of Congressional Ethics and the DOJ and say, “Have at it”?  To top that off, the House was limited to only looking at evidence from March 2008 forward and most of the crimes (ya, I’ll name it, call it what it is) occurred before that date. Let’s see, the House Ethics panel couldn’t look at the crime from it’s beginning, left to read accounts only relating to the tail end of PMA’s existence, so they could never see the whole story and Pete stood there with his mouth taped shut, his hands in his pockets (his own pockets for the first time in a long while) and plays, “Catch me if you can.”.

I have heard and read many people say, “Pete was found not guilty of any crime” regarding this investigation and I am sure they are interpreting the inability of the House to make a case as the end of the story.  The House said that they did not have enough evidence (see restrictions above) and were punting the case upstairs to the Department of Justice (DOJ).  The DOJ has teeth. Do not get too excited about the DOJ taking on the case. Eric Holder is the top dog of all things DOJ and I think he will influence the outcomes to benefit the Democratic Party.
I find it interesting that PMA seems to be at the center of these investigations when K & L Gates was in the mix as well.  I ask all of you to do research on K & L Gates and tell us what you found regarding clients, money donated by K & L Gates to Visclosky and the contracts, grants and money given to K & L Gates clients.

Folks, we will never know how long this has been happening, Visclosky receives money for his campaign and in return he gives our money to the campaign donors.  It was not until 2007 that Pete was even required to put his name on his earmark requests. Me thinks he got away with more than a king’s ransom, spent billions of our money for his own gain, but we will never know. Pete will certainly not come clean about any of this as evidenced by his treatment of the House investigation.

Let’s hope the DOJ can make the little piggy squeal.

Here is a shot of John Murtha (bless his soul in earmark heaven), and Pete Visclosky. Those two make a pair, each vying for the top spot as the Most Corrupt Members of Congress.

Pete Visclosky votes YES to Rapists, Sex Offenders receiving Viagra under Healthcare Law.

Pete Visclosky is a man’s man.  He voted yes  to providing Viagra to sex offenders. AYFKM?

New item here.

The Congressional Research Service has confirmed Sen. Tom Coburn’s assertions that sex offenders not in prison could get Viagra and other drugs treating erectile dysfunction under health plans subsidized by taxpayer dollars.

That’s right, Pete Visclosky is requiring residents of Indiana to PAY for these creeps erections, setting aside that these dudes are convicted rapist, child molesters or other sex offenders. Is Pete a fan of hardened criminals? You decide.

What else did Pete Visclosky spend our money on when he voted YES (twice) to this healthcare law? Don’t bother to ask Pete, he never read the bill and he said so himself.

Pete Visclosky – The gift that keeps on giving.

Lake County Indiana Tea Party, Mark J. Leyva Homophobic?

To start this off, I participate in a variety of Tea Party events and have attended events where the Lake County Tea Party has been present.  I found the members friendly and enthusiastic in their promotion of the group motto, “Taking Action-Taking Responsibility-Taking Back America”.

From its inception by leader Mark J. Leyva, there has been suspicion that this Tea Party is exactly what the National Tea Party Patriots warned us about, the Republicans will attempt to take over the Tea Party for political gain.  The self-proclaimed Leader of this Tea Party, Mark J. Leyva is a perennial candidate for Congress, having run for that office hoping to unseat Pete Visclosky since 1998.  That is a long time and Mark is on his way into the Indiana Hall Of Fame as a perennial candidate, which by definition is a candidate who runs with little or no hope of winning. He just keeps running and running and when Mark Leyva wins the primary, it is a guaranteed win for Visclosky come November in the general election, as years of the Leyva vs Visclosky races have shown us. Pete Visclosky loves it and may even support Mark’s campaign from afar because if Mark wins, Pete wins.

The URL to Mark Leyva’s Tea Party site reads, “http://teamgopin.com/wordpress/”.  Read that again, it is “Team Grand Old Party (GOP) Indiana”.  He created his tea party site as an extension of the Republican Party. Those of us in NWI, knowing of Mark Leyva’s many political campaigns, smelled something foul when he claimed to be a Tea Party Leader.  His Lake County Tea Party has not yet captured much support in the area.  Lake County has a large population and with Mark in control of this Tea Party it has floundered in obscurity. To gather a 25 to 100 people at a rally = failure when you have population numbers that are greater than the next county over, Porter county, which has drawn 1000 people to its rallies. Quite a few Lake County people attend the Porter County rallies held by Faith Jones of the Northwest Indiana Patriots, (discussion board here.) Faith is a regular citizen who has no political aspirations, unlike Mark Leyva who jumped onto the Tea Party bandwagon to use it as a tool for his never-ending campaign for Congress. I might post more on another day, discussing the candidate forums where Mark Leyva talks about the Tea Party during campaign forums, speaking of his hopes the Tea Party will do what he has not been able to do in 12 years, and that being winning a general election. Unfortunately, the INTeaParty down in Indianapolis has fallen for the Leyva ruse and have been behind the scenes in assisting him. (Psst, Indy, S. Martin, we need to talk).

Wouldn’t it be fitting that the Democrats down south control the Tea Party of Lake County, purposely hindering the message of the Tea Party in Lake County so as to keep people uninformed and thereby secure another Democratic win in the primary and general elections? Hmm, we have the Indy Tea Party being duped by Mark and then we may have the Democratic Party from down south actually running the Lake County Tea Party. I say ‘may’ because the evidence is there, but I don’t have my hands on it, so I cannot make a claim aside from throwing in ‘maybe’s’.

Politics is a wicked game for Lake County which ranks as one of the most corrupt in Indiana, centering in East Chicago, Indiana.  (Do a little speculation as to what is going on behind the scenes and you will be on target at least once if not twice.)

Regarding the title of this post, I wrestled with what I would say.  I appreciate the Tea Party Movement for the massive informational conduit that the grassroots organization provides.  I hesitate to lay out any claims that may detract from the movement.  Yet, I cannot ignore the path that Mark Leyva has taken.  Most know that the Tea Party is under assault from the Democratic Left as being racist, homophobic, violent and anti-American along with a host of other insults. From what I have witnessed, the opposite is true of the Indiana Tea Parties in general with one exception in the homophobic category.  In the category of homophobic I believe that Mark Leyva promotes hate against homosexuals and he does this alone, no other Tea Party joins him in that crusade.

Yeah, I said it.  Mark Leyva has an irrational fear of homosexuals. I say this because this is not the first email where Mark J. Leyva has attacked a portion of the populace, used hate and fear-mongering to further his agenda. There are other emails as evidence.

Depending on his mood, Mark Leyva sends out what he calls, “Pass On Material” email blasts.

The Mark Leyva Tea Party email blast dated April 19th, 2010 has a disturbing link on the bottom left corner.  The link is titled: Crown Point HS 19 10.doc (27k)”.

I honestly do not click on his links most of the time, but I clicked on this one. For those that do not live in this area, there is discussion regarding the National Day of Silence that was held on Friday, April 16th. The article has 335 comments so far and is not stopping.

The National Day of Silence is described on their website as this:

On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

I will note that studies have found that the teen population consisting of Lesbians and Gays has the higher suicidal thought plus attempted suicide rate, higher than any other group. Our children, regardless of their sexual orientation, are killing themselves because they cannot stand living in a world where they are bullied and hated not only by their peers, but by adults. Mark Leyva is Catholic, does his religion condone homosexual hate, or has he strayed?

With the knowledge that our children are vulnerable and in need of help, how can Mark Leyva promote the letter I am about to post here?  Mark J. Leyva, who dreams of being a Congressman for Indiana District 1, who wants people to believe that he cares about Northwest Indiana, promotes the degradation and isolation of a vulnerable portion of our society. If Mark J. Leyva cared about Northwest Indiana he would have NEVER included the hate filled letter against teens in his email blast, he would have stood up for that segment of the population. Mark J. Leyva proposes to represent a select demographic during a stint in Congress; he will represent some of the people, not all of the people. He not only included that letter, he promoted it, and that in itself says he agrees with this hate filled diatribe against the vulnerable teens who are gay. So yes, that makes Mark J. Leyva homophobic. No two ways about it. 

Keep in mind that the Lake County Tea Party email blast this letter came with is an email that Mark Leyva approves. It is not like a discussion board where anyone can sign up and you never know what they will say.  Mark has to specifically cut and paste links in order to compose his email. Everything in that email is on purpose, selected and promoted and represents Mark J. Leyva, a candidate for Congress, District 1.  There are no gnomes that sneak in weird articles in the middle of the night, adding links to his emails. All of that is done by Mark Leyva.

So here is a letter that Mark agrees with and chose to add to his email blast. The author is unknown. Read it for yourself and ask how he can promote this unbridled hate, by an adult, aimed at teens who may be different from you.   Is this really what we want as a U.S. House of Representatives candidate?  You decide. Will this push another child to leave us, choose suicide, because she or he cannot stand living in this world?

Here is Mark J. Leyva’s approved message to the people:

Ok I am pissed to put it mild

This morning I got a message that

Crown Point High School

In Crown Point , In was

having a

“Day of Silence ”

on Friday April 16, 2010

This is a day of promoting

the gay life to our kids

: Four Things You Should
Know about Student Rights and Day of Silence (2010)blog.dayofsilence.org

It makes me disgusted that they are using

our tax dollars for this

I called the high school and district office and

left them with a piece of me..

The secretaries were shocked as I was at the high school when the
announcement was read over the pa

The district office wasn’t even aware of it yet

Please call and tell them they have a lot of nerve using our tax
money to promote this crap

and If you have a child in the public school system or know of any,
please

check and make sure how they will be observing this Friday at

their school..this is nationwide

They are after the kids..i would keep mine home if i still
had any in school

Sent with love for our children and our country

Pj

Please pass this on

Crown Point High School  663-4885

district office  663-3371

Pete Visclosky Costs the People of Indiana $400 Million Dollars by Voting YES to Obamacare.

For all that voted YES This Ones For You

Pete Visclosky removed $25 million dollars from the State’s budget right out of the gate with the new Obamacare law and this is just the first of many costs and losses of revenue (which translates into higher taxes) associated with this disastrous, unconstitutional law.  The money Pete is taking from the State of Indiana will grow in one decade to $400 million dollars. When asked if the healthcare reform bill was constitutional he said that he thought it was and that his wife is a lawyer.  What Mrs. Pete does for a living has no bearing here, but he thought it led credence to his voting in favor of this socialist takeover of 1/6th of our national economy.    He said that if we do not think it is constitutional we always have redress.  That right there folks is Pete Visclosky giving Indiana the finger, doing what he wants to do for his political career and saying, “So sue me.”.

In all of Pete’s January town halls he claimed that Indiana needed this legislation and that it would be very good for us.  When asked about the cost he said it was paid for. When it was pointed out the over $250 billion dollar cost for The Doctor Fix was not reflected in the bill he moved right along, never addressing the fact that this legislation would cost America over a trillion dollars. They fudged the numbers, left out The Doctor cost and made sure to sell it as being under a trillion.  This was before anyone knew that the federal government was also including the takeover of education in the form of Pell Grants and student loans. That gem was slipped in at the last minute. Who knew? The money they make from that takeover helps to offset the cost of this program.  Another jewel which he failed to mention is that the Medicaid prescription drug rebates, which Indiana fought hard for as revenue for the State’s programs will now be the property of the federal government. Indiana haveth, Pete Visclosky and the Feds taketh.

And if you as a citizen do not pay up for a health insurance policy, Pete has agreed to the hiring of an additional 16,000 IRS agents who will make sure the feds get their pound of flesh.  Thanks Pete.

Pete never uttered a peep when there was an issue with the abortion language.  He was voting YES regardless of what was in the bill, and no one knew what was in the bill.

Remember Obama and all of the Dems, including Pete Visclosky, saying that one thing that would happen immediately is that children with pre-existing conditions will get healthcare?  THAT LANGUAGE WAS NOT EVEN IN THE BILL.  They had to go back, after the bill was signed by Obama and add it in.  How is that for honesty and being true to America?  The only real accomplishment of this bill is that it creates a framework for the federal government taking over every aspect of your life.

You can read the article here:

New drug rules to cost state $25 million in 2011” (Bold and italics below are mine)

INDIANAPOLIS | While the most costly provisions of federal health reform won’t take effect until 2014, state officials determined Indiana’s budget will pay a price starting this summer.That’s because the new health law takes money from prescription drug rebates currently paid to state Medicaid programs and redirects those funds to the federal government.As a result, Indiana will lose $25 million during the 2011 budget year, which begins in July, and as much as $400 million during the next decade, said Anne W. Murphy, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

Kitchell forwarded Murphy’s letter to lawmakers on the StateBudget Committee, including state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, warning committee members there will more bad budget news to
come.

“There is still a lot of work to do to evaluate the extra costs imposed on Indiana taxpayers, which will eventually be in the billions of dollars,” Kitchell said.

According to Murphy, Indiana has done better than most states in negotiating favorable rebates from drug companies. This has “enabled Indiana to capture rebates well beyond the minimums established by the federal government,” she said.

But now that the federal government will receive the rebates instead of states, Indiana will lose more money than other states, Murphy said.

Thanks Pete Visclosky. You voted YES to this law because you think that the crooks and cronies in Northwest Indiana have the November General Election sewn up in a bag for you. You voted YES to this legislation that is not only damaging immediately to the State of Indiana, but is the gift that keeps on giving.  Indiana will suffer for decades and longer unless we vote you out of office and hire a true representative come November.

The reality is that you harm Northwest Indiana way more than you ever helped. When you repeated over and over during your January town halls that you were in favor of this federal takeover of 1/6th of the economy, when you repeated how great this will be for Indiana, you failed to explain that the only true benefactors will be the Federal Government.  I am sure you will write some political speech to explain away the consequence you thrust upon the people of Indiana and I am sure you are hoping that the people in Indiana District 1 forget about the financial pain you personally inflicted not only on your constituents, the State of Indiana, but the rest of the nation.

We will not forget what you did Pete and we will fight the corruption that put you in office and keeps you in office.  The people are awake now Pete and things will never be the same for you and your ilk.

The $400 million dollar loss in rebate revenues for the State of Indiana is just the tip of the iceberg.  More pain is coming and you can thank Pete Visclosky.  As of the signing of this unconstitutional healthcare ‘reform’ bill, the people of Indiana, according to Pete, do not deserve to retain the State’s savings from the prescription drug rebates, Pete believes the federal government deserves Indiana’s money.

Mind you that come November, Pete Visclosky will trot out a figure representing the amount of earmarks has has pushed through.  He hopes that no one asks him where that money went.  He hopes everyone thinks that money went to Northwest Indiana.  What he does NOT want you to know is that he gets 97% of his campaign donations from outside of the state of Indiana and that his earmarks are divided up between those contributors who are not companies headquartered in NW Indiana. While meandering through our wallets he holds up a happy face sign and claims that he has brought ‘all of this money back to Indiana.  Do not be fooled by his campaign rhetoric, dig down and find the truth. Find out where that money really went.

The majority  of the earmarks he claimed to have brought ‘home’ really never made it to Northwest Indiana, but Pete loves to claim otherwise. He guided millions of dollars of our money to companies out of his district. Sadly, prior to 2007, Congresscritters did not have to sign their name to earmarks. We will never know how many billions of dollars of earmarks were used to secure campaign contributions over a 26 year career in congress. As soon as they showed some light on earmarks back in 2007 they had a Who’s Who of Porking America, and Pete Visclosky was shown as being # 6 out of 435 representatives.  That is some accomplishment and that was back in 2007.  Since being under investigation for Pay to Play, Pete has drastically reduced his earmark requests, plus there is an election coming in November and he once again, will try to cover the truth with spewing out some ‘evidence’ that he is a good guy, serving Northwest Indiana. Yeah, right.

There is no mistake that something was and is dirty in DC with Pete Visclosky being investigated by the Department of Justice. Stroll through Taxpayers for Commonsense and see what is up with your representative

Bring your friends and vote in May for the primary election and vote for Rob Pastore.  He is the person who will be a true and ethical representative for US Congress in Indiana District 1.

Exact List of who Voted YES for the Healthcare Bill by State, Who voted for Socilized Medicine.

Okay folks, time to check your State and vote out each and every representative that voted YES to one of the most damaging pieces of legislation to ever pass through The House of Representatives.  The fight is not over.  We have witnessed an administration that could care less about the people. We are seeing just how Congress operates, ignoring the will of their constituents and voting according to party lines, voting and passing legislation by hook and crook, paying off congress members for votes and cutting backroom deals.  55% of the citizens in the USA did NOT want this healthcare legislation passed yet the Democratic Party, which has been takeover by ‘Progressive Liberal’ (aka Socialists) have rammed this legislation through, not because it will benefit America, but because it benefits their agenda for a larger Federal government and eventual control of all the people. Their goal is to destroy capitalism and to replace it with a fascist society and they are well on their way with the federal government in the banking business, owning auto manufacturing and slipping in the takeover of education into this healthcare legislation.

We have no time to waste.  Look at your State from the link above and see who voted yes and then VOTE them OUT.

For the Indiana folks, Visclosky, Peter voted YES along with Donnelly, Joseph Simon, Carson, Andre D., Ellsworth, John Bradley, Hill, Baron P..

Now it is time to work for a candidate that will win in the primary and then take it to them in November.  Get involved.  Look at who votes YES in your area and join a campaign to throw them out. Volunteer for a candidate that will replace these dogs. I am doing just that for Rob Pastore who will replace Pete Visclosky in Indiana District 1.

No One has Read or Seen the Healthcare Reform Bill Yet, But Pete Visclosky says he is voting YES.

Do not let Pete fool you if he says he is ‘undecided’ regarding how he will vote on the proposed Healthcare Reform bill.  All throughout January in each of his town halls he began by saying he is in favor of the healthcare reform bill. He has not  replied to any correspondence nor been reported saying that he would vote NO on Obamacare.

Not one person, as I write this, knows what is in the bill and even Obama, as of last night said that he doesn’t know what is in it.  Yet, Pete Visclosky and his Democrat clan are voting YES?

Pete Visclosky voted with his party 97.5%.  His job must be pretty easy, just vote whichever way Nancy Pelosi tells him to vote, regardless of what his constituents in Indiana District 01 desire of their representative.

Pete Visclosky has played a major role in growing the federal government and reducing the liberties of Americans, creating the welfare state.  Pete was asked if he thought the healthcare takeover was constitutional and he said that he ‘thought’ it is, and mentioned that his wife is a lawyer.  What his wife has to do with it I don’t know.  As far as I know, she lives in California with their children and Pete just stops in to visit Indiana so as to keep his residency, but what do I know.  He gets 97% of his campaign donations from out of State, so he might as well not live herehardly anyone supports his campaigns.

Pete basically said that the people always have ‘redress’ as an option if we don’t like the Obamacare bill.   In basic language, he is saying, “I don’t care if it is constitutional, I am going to vote for it and if you don’t like it, sue me (the Federal government).”

Isn’t that nice?  When we hired him to represent us he swore on a bible to uphold the constitution and now he says that he really doesn’t care if any bill is constitutional, he is going to vote according to what suits his political career. That is really not a news flash to anyone who has paid attention for a nano-second as to what Pete does in DC.

Do you really want a man like that in office?  Come May 4th, vote for Rob Pastore and you will see a difference for Indiana District 01.  Step up to the plate and make a difference. Contact his website and volunteer.

If you think that Pete Visclosky is undecided regarding a government takeover of 1/6th of our economy, read this letter received yesterday:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding healthcare legislation.  I appreciate hearing from you.

On November 7, 2009, I supported and the House approved its version of healthcare legislation, H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, by a vote of 220 to 215.  I supported H.R. 3962 for a number of reasons, primarily because I believe that it will make our healthcare system better.  There is a cost of doing nothing to reform healthcare, and while the bill may not be perfect, it will improve our current situation.  Given the complexity of the situation and the magnitude of the healthcare problems that we face, I believe H.R. 3962 is a good bill that will help the citizens of Northwest Indiana.

For too long, our healthcare system has allowed millions of Americans to go uninsured, tolerated egregious and abusive business practices by big insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and ignored skyrocketing costs.  It has diminished our nation’s collective health and drained our economy.  H.R. 3962 represents a significant effort to address the iniquities of our current healthcare system.

Specifically, H.R. 3962 strengthens the healthcare market for all Americans.  For those with insurance, the measure would establish benefits to be included in all health insurance options, including preventative care, mental health services, and dental and vision services for children.  Additionally, the measure would establish annual and lifetime out-of-pocket spending caps to ensure that no family faces bankruptcy due to medical expenses.  Further, H.R. 3962 would eliminate the decades-long exemption of health insurance companies from federal               anti-trust laws, enabling the regulation of abusive business practices.


For those without insurance, H.R. 3962 would establish a public health insurance option to compete with – not replace – private insurance plans.  The public health insurance option would aim to provide more Americans with healthcare coverage and would be financed through its premiums.  The measure would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate physician and hospital rates for the public option and would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition.

Importantly, the measure would repeal the prohibition on negotiating with pharmaceutical companies and would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate the prices of prescription medications for Medicare beneficiaries.  It is my sincere hope that these negotiations will ameliorate the high out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications faced by our seniors.  Additionally, H.R. 3962 would provide savings to the Medicare programs by improving payment accuracy to Medicare Advantage.

With regard to businesses, I believe that under our current system, employers that   provide health insurance for their employees are faced with an unfair disadvantage because           they are forced to subsidize the costs for employers who do not provide care.  I am pleased that           H.R. 3962 would establish a Health Insurance Exchange where businesses will benefit from large group rates and a greater choice of insurance options for their employees.  I believe that the Health Insurance Exchange will equalize costs to employers and ensure that small businesses remain America’s economic engine.  Further, the measure would provide tax credits to eligible small businesses for assistance with the costs of providing health insurance to their employees.


Finally, H.R. 3962 is not only fully paid for, but according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office it would reduce the deficit by $104 billion over the next ten years and would continue to reduce the deficit in the following decade.


While both the House and Senate have passed comprehensive healthcare legislation, there continues to be a broad ranging debate, both within Congress and across the United States, regarding the approach to finalize this legislation into law.  As this process continues, I will continue to work to ensure that the final version of this legislation is paid for, allows healthcare coverage choices for all Americans, and provides fair compensation for all healthcare providers.


Thank you again for contacting me.  Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Peter J. Visclosky
Member of Congress

Robert (Rob) Pastore, US House, District 1 Indiana, Meet & Greet Feb. 26th

Well, the time is nearing for candidates to ramp up their campaigns in anticipation of securing a win in the Indiana primaries held on May 5th, 2010.

Pete Visclosky (D) currently warms the seat as a U.S. Congressman in the House of Representatives, Indiana District 01. District 01 covers Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper and Benton counties. Come May there will one democrat challenger to  Pete and 8 Republican challengers. You can go here and read the entire list (pdf) of candidates across the entire State of Indiana.

I have talked with two of the challenger for District 01 and I’ll let it be known that Rob Pastore is the guy I will be helping to win in the primaries and then helping toward a win in November.

Rob is holding a Meet & Greet this Friday, February 26th at 6:30 pm in Merrillville, IN

Go here and read the details.  This will be a good opportunity to talk with Rob. Leave your index cards at home, unlike Visclosky, he will not cherry pick questions.

If you live in any of the five counties listed above, contact Rob on his website and arrange a meeting.  I suggest gathering friends, patriots, tea party persons, and anyone you know and invite Rob to your home, business or wherever and have a meet & greet. See the form on his website under the ‘Volunteers’ label for a checklist of ways you can help and also to arrange a meet & greet.  While you are there, feel free to drop a little in the Contribute bucket. Every dollar helps.

Robert (Rob) Pastore for Congress U.S. Congress – District 01

Pete Visclosky Votes Yes for 50 Million to buy an Island, Then Says We Have to Tighten Our Belts

Well, this is another head scratcher. Pete Visclosky is suddenly concerned with Federal government spending?

Pete Visclosky addressed the Crown Point Rotary yesterday and one of his comments regarding taxes was “…that he thought it was a problem to continue to spend with the size of the country’s deficit and said ‘changes have to be made.’”

Well la-di-da.  He is in full campaign mode and feigning concern with how the Democratic controlled House and Senate is spending too much money, deepening the crater called the deficit. Yep, look at the charts here and see for yourself who has been breaking the bank. The Republicans never even dreamed of blowing wads of our money like the Dems have done.

This guy talks out of both sides of his mouth. After attending three town hall meetings with him, I can tell you first hand that he is an arrogant, polished politician who is more concerned with what looks good in print. He will not answer questions directly and is blowing smoke up the collective a$$es of all of Indiana District 1.

How does Pete Visclosky reconcile his voting YES to spending 50 million dollars to buy a cotton plantation in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Hey Mr. Money Man, that is OUR cash your are throwing to the wind.

Huh?  Hypocritical much Pete? You are a rising star on the most corrupt politician list, being probed by the House’s Office of Congressional Ethics, (we will see on March 2 if they take action), using your campaign funds for legal fees.

Do the people of Indiana really want to stay on that path, re-elect a career politician who has shown us that he really does NOT care about the people?

If you are fed up with lies, generational theft, corruption, backroom deals and career politicians who do not care about the people in Northwest Indiana then help Rob Pastore with his campaign for U.S. Congress District 1.

Go forth and multiply, do what ya gotta do to clean up Congress and protect the Republic of America.

3 Strikes and You are OUT, or rather, 3 C’s and you are Put Away for good. Scott Brown WINS

Obama supporters ought to pay attention to the three strike rule.

He has failed in these three C’s:

Chicago Olympics
Copenhagen Climate Change
Coakely in Massachusetts

The Scott Heard Around the World

The Scott Heard Around the World

Democrats may want to take a look at these three C’s and realize that everything Obama touches turns to carp (that’s another C, if you are counting). Obama has now thrown Martha Coakley under the bus, saying she ran a crappy campaign.  Was that really the reason why, for the first time in 50 years, MA, a liberal, heavily Democratic state, elected a Republican?  Could Obama’s push for healthcare, the midnight votes behind close doors, the lack of transparency and the representatives (such as Pete Visclosky) openly stating that they do not listen to their constituents?  Could it be that the people are fed up with politicians not listening to the will of the people?
People are upset with the democ-rats position of party before people.  MA was a hotbed of political shell gaming and shyster rule changes.  Our own little pro-Dem newspaper, The Times reports:

This Boston Globe article
sums up what happened. After Ted Kennedy died, the state Senate rammed
through a bill to change the law so that the Democratic governor could
appoint an interim successor. This came a mere five years after
Democrats rejected the very same bill, which in this case would have
allowed then-Gov. Mitt Romney to appoint an interim successor in the
event that John Kerry won the presidency.

That’s the subtext of “the people’s seat” comments that you heard during Brown’s acceptance speech.

The Democrats just changes the rules at will in order to keep a democrat in the seat, then changes them back when they need to pull another dirty trick.

The tea party patriots,I believe, played a large role in assisting this upset. Patriots from around the globe sent donations to Brown, phone banked for him, flew and drove to MA to campaign, watch the polls. Patriots want change, want their country back and they flexed their muscle.  I would say that come this November,  Evan Bayh and Pete Visclosky may get a run for their money.

James Simpson over at American Thinker brings up some good points regarding the Democrats and their lose to Scott Brown:

The real problem is that Coakley’s campaign defines what the Democratic Party has become today: arrogant, boorish, incomprehensibly ignorant and downright thuggish. Former Vermont Governor and Presidential candidate Howard Dean, for example, reacted to Brown’s victory by saying that now Democrats have to get tough, and not “deal with Republicans anymore.” Stunning. So that’s what we’ve been witnessing all year, with Democrats violating Senate rules, holding closed-door meetings, locking Republicans out of discussions, rejecting outright any Republican proposals and violating their own promises of “transparency.” But they haven’t been tough enough. Simply amazing.

But it was even more than that. People have had enough. We have had enough of bald-faced lies from Democrats. We have had enough of big spending bills being disingenuously presented as “deficit reducers.” We have had enough of massive government programs guaranteed to cripple the economy and lose jobs. We have had enough of ever more intrusive government attempting to take over every aspect of our daily lives. We have had enough of blatant corruption and coddling of terrorists. We have had enough of radicals attempting to ram their virulently anti-American agenda down our throats and calling us “domestic terrorists” for objecting.
This election is a game changer. Make no mistake about it. Not only is the U.S. Senate in play for Republicans in November, but so is the House of Representatives, state legislatures and governor’s mansions. Last night, Sarah Palin said to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News ”We just witnessed a wicked political pivot… This is a tidal wave sweeping the country…” She is right.

I ask that those beholding to the Republican Party do not see this as people swaying to their side of the aisle. People are tired of politicians that covet their  Party over the People and that holds true for the Dems and the GOP.

The Tea Party is made up of people from all political stripes and the common thread between everyone is that they love this country.  Massachusetts should serve as a wake up call to all politicians.

Pete Visclosky under Ethics Probe – Trading Campaign Money for Earmark Favors

Well, surprise, surprise, surprise, Pete Visclosky is under investigation and it has reached a new level.

The Times is known to be a democratic paper, swaying their reporting to reflect a socialist agenda, but they do at times, when the story is too large to ignore, make mention of democratic corruption.

Anyone who went to a Town Hall this month ( I went to three, it sucked, was torture, but I forced myself in the name of accurate reporting).

So here is Pete Visclosky finally being investigated.  Mind you, congress critters are not poked and prodded for wrongdoing at this level every day.  Pete is right up there with John Murtha , Charlie Rangle and some others on the ranking of the top corrupt officials.  You only needed to look into his eyes at a meeting and you could see he was lying.

It is time folks to elect a person who will honestly take charge of your interests, and represent YOU.  No more Petey.   He can take a hike along with his bag boy Mark.

Here is The Times article, written by : Christine Kraly

The U.S. House ethics committee announced for the first time Friday that it has been probing since early last month whether U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky traded campaign cash for multimillion-dollar federal earmarks.

The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct confirmed it is extending its review of the Merrillville Democrat, whose ties to a powerful lobbying firm are under federal criminal investigation.

The ethics committee will announce its “course of action” on or before March 2, the panel said.

In a statement Friday, Visclosky said he “intends to cooperate fully and believes the committee will conclude that he engaged in no wrongdoing whatsoever.”

He said he “looks forward to getting this matter behind him and continuing to work hard to serve all of his constituents in the First Congressional District.”

The announcement reveals what some congressional experts say can be a confusing check on some of Washington’s balances.

The panel began its look into Visclosky’s ties with PMA Group on Dec. 2 based on a recommendation from the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The OCE is a nonpartisan, independent body created in 2008 to review allegations of ethics abuse from the public. Prior to the group, only the House ethics committee could initiate such a probe, said Melanie Sloan, executive director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

If an allegation makes it to the second stage of the OCE’s two-prong investigation, it means there is “probable cause to believe a violation has occurred,” according to the OCE.

After the second phase, it must recommend either dismissal of the probe to the ethics committee or an extended review, as it did for Visclosky.

Sloan called the OCE recommendation likely “the least of (Visclosky’s) problems.”

For nearly a year, the U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating Visclosky’s ties to PMA, a now-defunct lobbying firm suspected of making “straw” donations to lawmakers, concealing the true source of the money.

PMA had for years been Visclosky’s top fundraising source, sending millions to the congressman, who helped award PMA clients with federal earmarks. Visclosky’s congressional office, campaign committees and some employees, including former Chief of Staff Chuck Brimmer, were subpoenaed in May.

Come on District 1, don’t let Gary, Indiana,  send this POS back to DC again.  Step up and stand up.