Saturday, March 28, 2009

Deficit Accountability Act of 2009

I think this is a novel idea. Please take time to contact your member of Congress today and request that they co-sponsor this legislation. Congress should not get a pay increase if they can't balance the books! This was introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (FL-6) and co-sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble (NC-6).

Deficit Accountability Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)

HR 201 IH


1st Session

H. R. 201
To provide that no automatic pay adjustment for Members of Congress shall be made in the year following a fiscal year in which there is a Federal budget deficit.


January 6, 2009
Mr. STEARNS introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To provide that no automatic pay adjustment for Members of Congress shall be made in the year following a fiscal year in which there is a Federal budget deficit.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Deficit Accountability Act of 2009'.


Section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31) is amended--

(1) in paragraph (2)(A), by striking `Subject to subparagraph (B),' and inserting `Subject to subparagraph (B) and paragraph (3),'; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

`(3) An adjustment under paragraph (2) otherwise scheduled to take effect in a calendar year shall not be made if, as determined by the Office of Management and Budget, there was a deficit (as defined by section 3 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974) in the preceding fiscal year.'.

Friday, March 27, 2009

A List of US Reps who Voted for HR 1586, Imposing a 90% Tax on Bonuses for TARP Recipients

What follows is a list of the US Reps who succumbed to populist fervor and voted for H.R. 1586, imposing a 90% tax on bonuses received by employees of certain TARP recipients (the bill was sponsored by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY, and co-sponsored by 51 other Democrats)

The bill, which passed 328-93, is widely believed to be an unconstitutional 'bill of attainder.'

243 Democrats and 85 Republicans voted for the bill; 6 Dems and 87 Repubs voted against it. 6 Dems and 4 Repubs did not vote.

Here is a list of representatives who voted, "Yea" on the bill. See if your congressman is on the list:

Yea HI-1 Abercrombie, Neil [D]
Yea NY-5 Ackerman, Gary [D]
Yea AL-4 Aderholt, Robert [R]
Yea NJ-3 Adler, John [D]
Yea LA-5 Alexander, Rodney [R]
Yea PA-4 Altmire, Jason [D]
Yea NJ-1 Andrews, Robert [D]
Yea NY-24 Arcuri, Michael [D]

Yea CA-43 Baca, Joe [D]
Yea WA-3 Baird, Brian [D]
Yea WI-2 Baldwin, Tammy [D]
Yea GA-12 Barrow, John [D]
Yea TX-6 Barton, Joe [R]
Yea CA-31 Becerra, Xavier [D]
Yea NV-1 Berkley, Shelley [D]
Yea CA-28 Berman, Howard [D]
Yea AR-1 Berry, Robert [D]
Yea IL-13 Biggert, Judy [R]
Yea CA-50 Bilbray, Brian [R]
Yea FL-9 Bilirakis, Gus [R]
Yea GA-2 Bishop, Sanford [D]
Yea NY-1 Bishop, Timothy [D]
Yea OR-3 Blumenauer, Earl [D]
Yea MO-7 Blunt, Roy [R]
Yea OH-16 Boccieri, John [D]
Yea CA-45 Bono Mack, Mary [R]
Yea AR-3 Boozman, John [R]
Yea OK-2 Boren, Dan [D]
Yea IA-3 Boswell, Leonard [D]
Yea VA-9 Boucher, Frederick [D]
Yea FL-2 Boyd, Allen [D]
Yea PA-1 Brady, Robert [D]
Yea IA-1 Braley, Bruce [D]
Yea AL-2 Bright, Bobby [D]
Yea FL-3 Brown, Corrine [D]
Yea SC-1 Brown, Henry [R]
Yea FL-5 Brown-Waite, Virginia [R]
Yea FL-13 Buchanan, Vern [R]
Yea NC-1 Butterfield, George [D]
Yea CA-44 Calvert, Ken [R]
Yea MI-4 Camp, David [R]
Yea VA-7 Cantor, Eric [R]
Yea LA-2 Cao, Anh [R]
Yea WV-2 Capito, Shelley [R]
Yea CA-23 Capps, Lois [D]
Yea MA-8 Capuano, Michael [D]
Yea CA-18 Cardoza, Dennis [D]
Yea MO-3 Carnahan, Russ [D]
Yea PA-10 Carney, Christopher [D]
Yea IN-7 Carson, André [D]
Yea LA-6 Cassidy, Bill [R]
Yea DE-0 Castle, Michael [R]
Yea FL-11 Castor, Kathy [D]
Yea KY-6 Chandler, Ben [D]
Yea MS-1 Childers, Travis [D]
Yea NY-11 Clarke, Yvette [D]
Yea MO-1 Clay, William [D]
Yea MO-5 Cleaver, Emanuel [D]
Yea SC-6 Clyburn, James [D]
Yea TN-9 Cohen, Steve [D]
Yea VA-11 Connolly, Gerald [D]
Yea MI-14 Conyers, John [D]
Yea TN-5 Cooper, Jim [D]
Yea CA-20 Costa, Jim [D]
Yea IL-12 Costello, Jerry [D]
Yea CT-2 Courtney, Joe [D]
Yea FL-4 Crenshaw, Ander [R]
Yea NY-7 Crowley, Joseph [D]
Yea TX-28 Cuellar, Henry [D]
Yea MD-7 Cummings, Elijah [D]
Yea PA-3 Dahlkemper, Kathleen [D]
Yea AL-7 Davis, Artur [D]
Yea IL-7 Davis, Danny [D]
Yea KY-4 Davis, Geoff [R]
Yea CA-53 Davis, Susan [D]
Yea OR-4 DeFazio, Peter [D]
Yea CO-1 DeGette, Diana [D]
Yea CT-3 DeLauro, Rosa [D]
Yea PA-15 Dent, Charles [R]
Yea FL-21 Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [R]
Yea FL-25 Diaz-Balart, Mario [R]
Yea WA-6 Dicks, Norman [D]
Yea MI-15 Dingell, John [D]
Yea TX-25 Doggett, Lloyd [D]
Yea IN-2 Donnelly, Joe [D]
Yea PA-14 Doyle, Michael [D]
Yea OH-1 Driehaus, Steve [D]
Yea TN-2 Duncan, John [R]
Yea MD-4 Edwards, Donna [D]
Yea TX-17 Edwards, Thomas [D]
Yea MI-3 Ehlers, Vernon [R]
Yea MN-5 Ellison, Keith [D]
Yea IN-8 Ellsworth, Brad [D]
Yea MO-8 Emerson, Jo Ann [R]
Yea NY-17 Engel, Eliot [D]
Yea CA-14 Eshoo, Anna [D]
Yea NC-2 Etheridge, Bob [D]
Yea CA-17 Farr, Sam [D]
Yea PA-2 Fattah, Chaka [D]
Yea CA-51 Filner, Bob [D]
Yea LA-4 Fleming, John [R]
Yea VA-4 Forbes, James [R]
Yea NE-1 Fortenberry, Jeffrey [R]
Yea IL-14 Foster, Bill [D]
Yea MA-4 Frank, Barney [D]
Yea NJ-11 Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R]
Yea OH-11 Fudge, Marcia [D]
Yea CA-24 Gallegly, Elton [R]
Yea PA-6 Gerlach, Jim [R]
Yea AZ-8 Giffords, Gabrielle [D]
Yea TX-20 Gonzalez, Charles [D]
Yea VA-6 Goodlatte, Robert [R]
Yea TN-6 Gordon, Barton [D]
Yea FL-8 Grayson, Alan [D]
Yea TX-9 Green, Al [D]
Yea TX-29 Green, Raymond [D]
Yea AL-5 Griffith, Parker [D]
Yea AZ-7 Grijalva, Raul [D]
Yea KY-2 Guthrie, Brett [R]
Yea IL-4 Gutierrez, Luis [D]
Yea NY-19 Hall, John [D]
Yea IL-11 Halvorson, Deborah [D]
Yea IL-17 Hare, Phil [D]
Yea CA-36 Harman, Jane [D]
Yea FL-23 Hastings, Alcee [D]
Yea NM-1 Heinrich, Martin [D]
Yea NV-2 Heller, Dean [R]
Yea CA-2 Herger, Walter [R]
Yea SD-0 Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D]
Yea NY-27 Higgins, Brian [D]
Yea IN-9 Hill, Baron [D]
Yea CT-4 Himes, James [D]
Yea TX-15 Hinojosa, Rubén [D]
Yea HI-2 Hirono, Mazie [D]
Yea NH-2 Hodes, Paul [D]
Yea MI-2 Hoekstra, Peter [R]
Yea PA-17 Holden, Tim [D]
Yea NJ-12 Holt, Rush [D]
Yea CA-15 Honda, Michael [D]
Yea MD-5 Hoyer, Steny [D]
Yea WA-1 Inslee, Jay [D]
Yea NY-2 Israel, Steve [D]
Yea IL-2 Jackson, Jesse [D]
Yea TX-18 Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D]
Yea TX-30 Johnson, Eddie [D]
Yea GA-4 Johnson, Henry [D]
Yea IL-15 Johnson, Timothy [R]
Yea NC-3 Jones, Walter [R]
Yea WI-8 Kagen, Steve [D]
Yea PA-11 Kanjorski, Paul [D]
Yea OH-9 Kaptur, Marcy [D]
Yea RI-1 Kennedy, Patrick [D]
Yea MI-5 Kildee, Dale [D]
Yea MI-13 Kilpatrick, Carolyn [D]
Yea OH-15 Kilroy, Mary Jo [D]
Yea WI-3 Kind, Ronald [D]
Yea IL-10 Kirk, Mark [R]
Yea AZ-1 Kirkpatrick, Ann [D]
Yea FL-22 Klein, Ron [D]
Yea FL-24 Kosmas, Suzanne [D]
Yea MD-1 Kratovil, Frank [D]
Yea OH-10 Kucinich, Dennis [D]
Yea NJ-7 Lance, Leonard [R]
Yea RI-2 Langevin, James [D]
Yea WA-2 Larsen, Rick [D]
Yea CT-1 Larson, John [D]
Yea IA-4 Latham, Thomas [R]
Yea CA-9 Lee, Barbara [D]
Yea NY-26 Lee, Christopher [R]
Yea MI-12 Levin, Sander [D]
Yea CA-41 Lewis, Jerry [R]
Yea GA-5 Lewis, John [D]
Yea IL-3 Lipinski, Daniel [D]
Yea NJ-2 LoBiondo, Frank [R]
Yea IA-2 Loebsack, David [D]
Yea CA-16 Lofgren, Zoe [D]
Yea NY-18 Lowey, Nita [D]
Yea NM-3 Lujan, Ben [D]
Yea MA-9 Lynch, Stephen [D]
Yea NY-25 Maffei, Daniel [D]
Yea NY-14 Maloney, Carolyn [D]
Yea IL-16 Manzullo, Donald [R]
Yea CO-4 Markey, Betsy [D]
Yea MA-7 Markey, Edward [D]
Yea GA-8 Marshall, James [D]
Yea NY-29 Massa, Eric [D]
Yea UT-2 Matheson, Jim [D]
Yea CA-5 Matsui, Doris [D]
Yea NY-4 McCarthy, Carolyn [D]
Yea TX-10 McCaul, Michael [R]
Yea CA-4 McClintock, Tom [R]
Yea MN-4 McCollum, Betty [D]
Yea WA-7 McDermott, James [D]
Yea MA-3 McGovern, James [D]
Yea NY-23 McHugh, John [R]
Yea NC-7 McIntyre, Mike [D]
Yea WA-5 McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R]
Yea CA-11 McNerney, Jerry [D]
Yea FL-17 Meek, Kendrick [D]
Yea NY-6 Meeks, Gregory [D]
Yea LA-3 Melancon, Charles [D]
Yea FL-7 Mica, John [R]
Yea ME-2 Michaud, Michael [D]
Yea MI-10 Miller, Candice [R]
Yea CA-7 Miller, George [D]
Yea NC-13 Miller, R. [D]
Yea WV-1 Mollohan, Alan [D]
Yea KS-3 Moore, Dennis [D]
Yea WI-4 Moore, Gwen [D]
Yea VA-8 Moran, James [D]
Yea KS-1 Moran, Jerry [R]
Yea CT-5 Murphy, Christopher [D]
Yea PA-8 Murphy, Patrick [D]
Yea PA-12 Murtha, John [D]
Yea NY-8 Nadler, Jerrold [D]
Yea MA-2 Neal, Richard [D]
Yea VA-2 Nye, Glenn [D]
Yea MN-8 Oberstar, James [D]
Yea WI-7 Obey, David [D]
Yea MA-1 Olver, John [D]
Yea TX-27 Ortiz, Solomon [D]
Yea NJ-6 Pallone, Frank [D]
Yea NJ-8 Pascrell, William [D]
Yea AZ-4 Pastor, Edward [D]
Yea NJ-10 Payne, Donald [D]
Yea CO-7 Perlmutter, Ed [D]
Yea VA-5 Perriello, Thomas [D]
Yea MI-9 Peters, Gary [D]
Yea MN-7 Peterson, Collin [D]
Yea WI-6 Petri, Thomas [R]
Yea ME-1 Pingree, Chellie [D]
Yea PA-19 Platts, Todd [R]
Yea CO-2 Polis, Jared [D]
Yea ND-0 Pomeroy, Earl [D]
Yea NC-4 Price, David [D]
Yea FL-12 Putnam, Adam [R]
Yea WV-3 Rahall, Nick [D]
Yea NY-15 Rangel, Charles [D]
Yea MT-0 Rehberg, Dennis [R]
Yea WA-8 Reichert, Dave [R]
Yea TX-16 Reyes, Silvestre [D]
Yea CA-37 Richardson, Laura [D]
Yea TX-23 Rodriguez, Ciro [D]
Yea TN-1 Roe, David [R]
Yea KY-5 Rogers, Harold [R]
Yea AL-3 Rogers, Michael [R]
Yea MI-8 Rogers, Michael [R]
Yea CA-46 Rohrabacher, Dana [R]
Yea FL-16 Rooney, Thomas [R]
Yea IL-6 Roskam, Peter [R]
Yea FL-18 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R]
Yea AR-4 Ross, Mike [D]
Yea NJ-9 Rothman, Steven [D]
Yea CA-34 Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D]
Yea CA-40 Royce, Edward [R]
Yea MD-2 Ruppersberger, C.A. [D]
Yea IL-1 Rush, Bobby [D]
Yea WI-1 Ryan, Paul [R]
Yea OH-17 Ryan, Timothy [D]
Yea CO-3 Salazar, John [D]
Yea CA-39 Sanchez, Linda [D]
Yea CA-47 Sanchez, Loretta [D]
Yea MD-3 Sarbanes, John [D]
Yea IL-9 Schakowsky, Janice [D]
Yea MI-7 Schauer, Mark [D]
Yea CA-29 Schiff, Adam [D]
Yea OH-2 Schmidt, Jean [R]
Yea IL-18 Schock, Aaron [R]
Yea OR-5 Schrader, Kurt [D]
Yea PA-13 Schwartz, Allyson [D]
Yea GA-13 Scott, David [D]
Yea VA-3 Scott, Robert [D]
Yea NY-16 Serrano, José [D]
Yea PA-7 Sestak, Joe [D]
Yea NH-1 Shea-Porter, Carol [D]
Yea CA-27 Sherman, Brad [D]
Yea IL-19 Shimkus, John [R]
Yea NC-11 Shuler, Heath [D]
Yea NJ-13 Sires, Albio [D]
Yea MO-4 Skelton, Ike [D]
Yea NY-28 Slaughter, Louise [D]
Yea WA-9 Smith, Adam [D]
Yea NJ-4 Smith, Christopher [R]
Yea TX-21 Smith, Lamar [R]
Yea OH-18 Space, Zachary [D]
Yea CA-12 Speier, Jackie [D]
Yea SC-5 Spratt, John [D]
Yea CA-13 Stark, Fortney [D]
Yea FL-6 Stearns, Clifford [R]
Yea MI-1 Stupak, Bart [D]
Yea OH-13 Sutton, Betty [D]
Yea TN-8 Tanner, John [D]
Yea CA-10 Tauscher, Ellen [D]
Yea MS-4 Taylor, Gene [D]
Yea NM-2 Teague, Harry [D]
Yea MS-2 Thompson, Bennie [D]
Yea CA-1 Thompson, C. [D]
Yea OH-12 Tiberi, Patrick [R]
Yea MA-6 Tierney, John [D]
Yea NV-3 Titus, Dina [D]
Yea NY-21 Tonko, Paul [D]
Yea NY-10 Towns, Edolphus [D]
Yea MA-5 Tsongas, Niki [D]
Yea OH-3 Turner, Michael [R]
Yea MI-6 Upton, Frederick [R]
Yea MD-8 Van Hollen, Christopher [D]
Yea NY-12 Velazquez, Nydia [D]
Yea IN-1 Visclosky, Peter [D]
Yea OR-2 Walden, Greg [R]
Yea MN-1 Walz, Timothy [D]
Yea TN-3 Wamp, Zach [R]
Yea FL-20 Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D]
Yea CA-35 Waters, Maxine [D]
Yea CA-33 Watson, Diane [D]
Yea NC-12 Watt, Melvin [D]
Yea CA-30 Waxman, Henry [D]
Yea NY-9 Weiner, Anthony [D]
Yea VT-0 Welch, Peter [D]
Yea FL-19 Wexler, Robert [D]
Yea KY-1 Whitfield, Edward [R]
Yea OH-6 Wilson, Charles [D]
Yea VA-1 Wittman, Rob [R]
Yea VA-10 Wolf, Frank [R]
Yea CA-6 Woolsey, Lynn [D]
Yea OR-1 Wu, David [D]
Yea KY-3 Yarmuth, John [D]
Yea FL-10 Young, C. W. [R]
Yea AK-0 Young, Donald [R]
Not Voting LA-7 Boustany, Charles [R]
Not Voting TX-7 Culberson, John [R]
Not Voting TN-4 Davis, Lincoln [D]
Not Voting MA-10 Delahunt, William [D]
Not Voting NY-22 Hinchey, Maurice [D]
Not Voting CA-42 Miller, Gary [R]
Not Voting CA-38 Napolitano, Grace [D]
Not Voting TX-22 Olson, Pete [R]
Not Voting CA-19 Radanovich, George [R]
Not Voting IN-3 Souder, Mark [R]

Update: Michelle Malkin has a broken out a list of the 85 republicans who voted for the bill.

Dave Ramsey: How to deal with setbacks

by Dave Ramsey

(You can catch Dave Ramsey on a radio near you - or go to the FoxBusiness Network to watch his show)

Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks. —Dottie Walters

We’ve all encountered setbacks. They’re just a part of life. But one thing makes the difference between a setback and a failure—your attitude. If you don’t believe that, hello! This is your wake-up call! members Carl and Tricia in Indiana are an amazing example to us all. For several months, they and their three youngest children have been surviving on as much as a 60% pay cut, all while maintaining a fully funded emergency fund and learning how to live on $60-a-week grocery budget. How have they done it?

According to Tricia, the biggest help has been simply having a plan and a six-month emergency fund socked away. They have made substantial sacrifices to maintain their long-term financial goals. Eating out has become a rare, almost celebratory occasion. Tricia cooks nearly all of their meals from scratch. She’s a true home economist who not only hunts for bargains but also home schools her three youngest children. They have avoided Murphy a couple of times thanks to a tax refund and squeezing extra dollars out of their monthly budget.

In addition to day-to-day family obligations, Tricia and Carl have been proactive in their community by helping their neighbors who are financially hurting and losing their jobs. They have hosted a money workshop and Financial Peace University, and they have also been mentoring four families in their hometown. They invite other couples over for dinner, discuss the Baby Steps, and show them how to apply the proven principles to their lives.

While most people would have interpreted Carl’s income drop as a devastating blow, Tricia and Carl have seen it as an opportunity to pass on the knowledge they’ve gained and continue to live on less than they make. Because of their dedication to planning and saving, their family is taking a vacation this year to the Grand Canyon!

See, there’s nothing flashy to it. Your attitude and decisions make a world of difference every day, despite everything going on around you. It takes discipline, creativity and sacrifice to win in all areas of your life. No one ever said it was easy, but most things in life that are worth it are not easy.

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