Once again, Giffords’ TV ads dance around the truth like a ballerina on stage. Her ad titled “Accountability,” is a blend of clever phrases, half truths, and rewriting history.
Just the facts:
· “JAIL TIME FOR CEOs WHO BREAK THE LAW.”
Of course, CEOs who break the law should do jail time, just like any other law breaker. Although Giffords did write a letter to the Attorney General stating this obvious fact, she has not proposed legislation that would hold influential individuals to account.
o In fact, Giffords’ actions don’t match her rhetoric. Her colleague, Congressman Waxman, who was in town for Giffords last week, has used his position to stall hearings on the financial crisis. Despite requests from other congressmen, Waxman has refused to hold hearings on how Countrywide, gave sweetheart low interest mortgages Senators Conrad and Dodd and Obama operatives Franklin Raines and James Johnson. If Giffords honestly wants accountability, maybe she should start with Waxman and her other Democratic colleagues.
· “REINING IN WASTEFUL SPENDING.”
Giffords voted to spend money studying (amongst others): archives of Andean Knotted String Records, Sexual politics of waste in Dakar, Senegal, bison hunting on the late prehistoric Great Plains, and social relationships and reproductive strategies of Phayre’s Leaf Monkeys (Roll Call 289, 5/2/07). And, although Washington DC doesn’t have a single farmer Giffords voted to give Washington DC $10 million in agricultural assistance (Roll Call 417, June 18, 2008)
Giffords has also helped to hide the abuses of the earmark system. She voted against auditing the National Drug Intelligence Center, which is a pet pork project for Congressman Murtha (Roll Call 340, 3/11/07). US News and World Report called the Center, “A Drug War Boondoggle,” and is under investigation for travel abuse and cronyism.
· “TAX CUTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS.’
Giffords opposed the Ryan Amendment that would have provided a one year extension of the alternative minimum tax relief that hits middle class families (Roll Call 211, Mar. 29, 2007). On the other hand, Giffords voted for a tax break exclusively designed for millionaires. This vote (Roll Call 922, 9/27/07) creates a tax break specifically for people with an individual or joint net worth with their spouse of $1 million.
· “INCENTIVES FOR SOLAR ENERGY.”
While focusing on solar energy tax breaks as vice chair of the Energy and the Environment Subcommittee, consumers experienced record high gasoline prices. Giffords voted to block consideration of the America Energy Act, which would have helped lower energy prices by allowing increased drilling and construction of more refineries (Roll Call 562, Aug. 1, 2008). Before telling us how many jobs will come from solar energy in the future, maybe she should answer how many jobs are being lost by $4 a gallon gasoline.