Vote on Comrade of the Month Finalists (includes Charlie Crist)

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Club for Growth:

FL GOV. CHARLIE CRIST: Crist signed a no-tax pledge when he was running for governor of Florida a few years ago. Now, as the state’s top elected official, he has proceeded to break that very pledge by signing a tax hike into law last week as part of the state budget. But Crist didn’t stop there. Earlier this week, he signed another tax hike…this time a 20% tax increase on businesses. Crist sure is some “Republican.”

UNKNOWN SAN FRANCISCO BUREAUCRAT: Larry Moore was a homeless alcoholic living on the streets of San Francisco 11 months ago, but he straightened his life out, seized the “American Dream”, and started his own shoeshine business. Through a lot of hard work, his eventual success was showcased in the local paper. This new attention prompted a city bureaucrat to seek him out and demand that he fork over $491 for a sidewalk vendor permit…or else risk getting his business shut down. Talk about beating a man when he’s down! Just as success is realized, the government tries to take it away. You can read the infuriating details here.

REPS. HENRY WAXMAN and ED MARKEY: These two gentlemen are the original sponsors to the dangerous cap-and-trade bill that is making its way through the U.S. House right now. As chairman of the committee of juridiction, Waxman had a tough time even convincing his fellow Democrats to support the bill. One news report suggested that Waxman was trading votes for “special treatment” to affected companies located in lawmakers’ districts. And then in another controversy, Waxman said, “I certainly don’t claim to know everything that’s in this bill.” Did we mention that he was one of the lead sponsors?

REP. JOHN MURTHA: This 35-year veteran of the House is one of the biggest porkers in Congress. And he’s not bashful about it either. One Beltway reporter said, “Murtha is now associated with so many pay-to-play allegations that it’s getting hard to keep up.” Rep. Jeff Flake tried to defund one of Murtha’s earmarks that didn’t even seem to exist. Another attempt was made to shut down an airport in Murtha’s district (named after John Murtha, of course) that received $150 million in earmarks, but only averages 3 flights per weekday. When asked about possible corruption charges, Murtha replied, “If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district.” Perhaps, but at the expense of everyone else.