But let the record show that he did vote this week to impose a 90 percent tax on executive bonuses paid by insurance giant AIG.
“I reluctantly supported HR 1586 for a simple and singular reason: it will stop or slow the corporate bailouts that are bankrupting our country,” McClintock explained.
Good going Tom! Here’s how the Republicans in the California delegation voted, according to Associated Press.
Republicans — Bilbray, Y; Bono Mack, Y; Calvert, Y; Campbell, N; Dreier, N; Gallegly, Y; Herger, Y; Hunter, N; Issa, N; Lewis, Y; Lungren, Daniel E., N; McCarthy, N; McClintock, Y; McKeon, N; Miller, Gary, X; Nunes, N; Radanovich, X; Rohrabacher, Y; Royce, Y.
Note that Dan Lungren voted “no” on the tax.
“Although the bonus payments are an outrageous and unjustifiable use of taxpayers’ money, taxing the bonuses at confiscatory rates is unconstitutional,” Lungren explained. “This sets a terrible precedent for the use of the tax code against other groups not favored by the government in the future.”
In our district, I hope Tom does a good job respresenting us. He met with our local elected and staff officials from the county, Grass Valley and Nevada City last week.
Tom kept reiterating to the group that he voted against the stimulus package and thought it was a “bad idea,” but he vowed to bring the money to his constituents, according to the county’s weekly memo on Friday.
He seemed sympathetic toward funding for wastewater and roads, according to the memo.
I hope Tom follows through: As I’ve blogged before, wastewater treatment is one of our county’s biggest problems, if not the biggest. I can’t think of a quicker way to blow through our county’s cash reserves.