Town Hall with Congressman Tom Cole

Congressman Cole will be in Elgin on Monday, August 20, 2012 at the Elgin High School Library, 520 K Street, Elgin at 12:00 noon. His Lawton office number is 580-357-2131. Here is a little background on Congressman Cole…the following are records of his voting record starting in the 110th Congress. This information is taken from the John Birch Society’s Voting Index – Freedom Index which bases its scoring on the Constitutionality of the measure being voted on and the vote itself. During this time, Congressman Cole scored a 50%.

The items voted on were (a constitutional vote is noted by a +, unconstitutional -):
+ The Budget Resolution – increased the national debt and deceptively limited funding for the military.
+ Aid to the Mexican Military – $1.1 billion during 2008-2010 to train the military and law to combat drug trafficking and organized crime. Foreign aid is unconstitutional.
– Farm Bill (Veto Override). Soviet-style central planning and crop subsidies – unconstitutional.
– Warrantless Searches – The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was revised to allow warrantless electronic surveillance to include that of American citizens. This is against the 4th Amendment to the constitution.
+ Energy Price Gouging – would allow states to sue retailers believed to have been price gouging for fuels sold in areas where there was an energy emergency. Price fixing is not sound economics.
+ Mortgage Relief – was basically a bailout for Fannie and Freddie Mac.
– Global HIV/AIDS Program – authorized $48 billion over the next 4 years (2009-2013) to combat AIDS, malaria, and TB overseas. Foreign aid is unconstitutional.
– Employee Verification Program – allow employees to verify employment eligibility of new hires. It uses social security numbers which were never intended to be used for identification.
+ The Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act – allow limited offshore drilling for oil and gas in some areas previously banned by Congress since 1981. All royalties for new oil and gas leases would go to the federal government, not the states. Regulating the energy of the nation is not in the constitution.
– The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 – was the first major bailout bill and was passed under a Republican President (GWB). It was reported to be $700 billion but in actuality seems to have included much more. Of course, it was unconstitutional.

Now, normally, Republicans have a more constitutional record when there is a Democrat in the White House and less so when there is a member of their own party there. During this same time period, District 1 Sullivan voted 60% correctly
District 2 Boren (D) voted 10% correctly
District 3 Lucas voted 60% correctly
District 5 Fallin (our current governor) voted 44% correctly.

We will look at some more of Congressman Cole’s voting record in the next couple of days. I’ll focus then on some of his latest votes.

NOTE: information taken from: http://www.jbs.org/index.php?option=com_rokdownloads&view=file&Itemid=259&id=34%3Afreedom-index-october-2008

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