You can ask Jerry McNerney why he is calling for a pullout in Afghanistan, he tweeted today "We can't afford to keep spending billions on an endless war. It's time for the brave men and women who are serving our country to come home"
after campaigning for re-election lass than 6 months ago with this message
Since day one, Iíve been committed to strong oversight of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to make sure that our troops have the resources they need and good plans for success.
I also visited Afghanistan last year on a bipartisan fact finding mission. The stakes in Afghanistan are high, and I believe we have a clear interest in making sure that al-Qaeda can never again use Afghanistan as a safe haven. When I visited Afghanistan, I was impressed by the dedication and courage of American troops, but I know they face serious challenges. For our mission to be successful, we must do a better job reducing corruption by Afghan officials and developing a clear strategy that can result in a stable Afghan government. Web Link
The debt is a growing concern that threatens our long-term economic prospects. Itís essential that we act in a fiscally responsible way.
Iím working to eliminate wasteful spending and control rising deficits. For instance, I voted against using more than $350 billion in bailout money, and Iíve always voted against pay raises for Members of Congress. Iíve voted to trim funding for numerous federal agencies, and I support a bill to identify wasteful programs and require a direct, up-or-down vote to eliminate them.
Iíll keep working with members of both political parties to identify spending thatís wasteful and make sure that every dollar spent is put to good use.
But, this week, Jerry McNerney voted against the second stopgap continuing resolution offered in the House. (H.J. Res. 48, Roll Call #179: Passed 271-158: R 186-54; D 85-104, 3/15/11)
Jerry McNerney continues to reject comprehensive proposals for debt reduction. I have seen nothing from Jerry McNerney that resembles his campaign rhetoric on eliminating wasteful spending.
When it came time to vote again today, McNerney simply continued his efforts to help Nancy Pelosi protect the old status quo of limitless spending and job-crushing debt.
We need a forward-thinking energy policy more than ever. California families have suffered too much from volatile and high gas prices, and buying millions of barrels of oil from overseas...Iíll keep fighting for good energy policies that keep gas and electric bills as low as possible and create high quality jobs.
With gasoline approaching $4 a gallon, it looks like he is losing that fight as well.
Jerry McNerney claimed during the campaign: Iím leading the fight for balanced policies that keep energy bills low by responsibly producing more energy domestically, investing in energy efficiency, and bringing online new forms of clean energy resources.
Constituents may want to ask Jerry about the failure of Solyndra to repay their $500 million loan from the taxpayers to build solar panel manufacturing facilities in Fremont, and the subsequent layoffs there.
According to the article, "this is a make or break year for Solyndra". Constituents may wish to get an answer from Jerry McNerney, if Solyndra cannot make a go of it with $500 million already from the taxpayers, does he support throwing good money after bad at this venture?
Posted by CA-11 voter, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:10 am
Here's a good one, some voters will surely want to ask Jerry McNerney on Monday about his continued support for the 2010 National Health Care law, since latest polls indicate that 62% want the law repealed entirely
Despite the vast amount of wasteful spending contained within the law, Jerry McNerney continues to support it. His Democratic colleague in the House, Rep John Conyers, admitted that the legislation is just a "platform," or a step, toward an eventual government takeover of health care
Of course, the wealthy progressives in Berkeley and San Francisco, the base of donors to Jerry McNerney's re-election campaign, probably do want single-payer health care in this country. He probably listens more closely to them than to actual voters who show up to public events in his district that do not require campaign donations to gain admittance.
Posted by CA-11 voter, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm
SF John - I think we can see some inconsistencies here, and Jerry McNerney has invited constituents to come and ask questions. I feel people should show up and ask questions of their CA-11 Rep.
I think the Republicans have many problems as well. Our US House of Representatives has not passed a budget since 2009. The basic function of our Congress is to decide how taxpayer money will be spent. We have a failure at a very basic level.
I believe corruption is at the root of this problem. And there are just as many corrupt Democrats as Republicans. Rep McNerney just got re-elected in November, and he didn't wait 6 months to start fundraising for the next election. That is a problem.
Posted by Stinky Feet, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm
So, you're saying that McNerney is corrupt? Because he didn't wait 6 months to start fundraising? Is that what you're saying?
And you say 'The basic function of our Congress is to decide how taxpayer money will be spent.' Isn't that something determined by watchdog agencies? I thought the basic function of Congress was to legislate laws. Can you set me straight on this matter?
And, lastly, since you state you're not a Republican, then I suppose you'd be in favor of repealing tax cuts for the wealthy, yes?
Posted by CA-11 voter, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Thank you for your interpretation of my comments. My first comment was directly talking about Jerry McNerney and his actions vs his campaign rhetoric. The other statements I made were talking about Republicans and Democrats in general.
Finally, I believe that the constant fundraising in politics today is a problem, and it is a corrupting influence on all of our politicians.
To respond to the other two questions, I didn't state I am Republican or Democrat, and I will stick with the topic rather than discuss tax cuts.
Finally for SF John, if you do not understand what the federal budget is and what the appropriations process is then I cannot offer an education
Posted by Stinky Feet John, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Okay, CA-11 voter. I'm just not clear what it is you're trying to say. So, now you're saying that McNerney is NOT corrupt? I ask because your response, combined with your earlier remarks, wasn't very clear. Is he corrupt or isn't he? I like to hear that from you.
What exactly is the topic you refer to? You seem to raise several topics: rising deficits, the nation's energy policy, our new health care law, as well as raises for representatives that you voted against (which leaves me wondering what election we got to vote on that). Oh, yeah, and McNerney. But tax cuts for the wealthy are off topic? Is that what you are saying?
I am always seeking to be informed. And I assume you posted as a means of informing your readers. Consider me an interested reader, please. Are you saying that the basic function of Congress is not that of legislating laws? And why would you limit your several topics to 'how to decide how taxpayer money is spent' but not to how taxpayer money is raised? Doesn't Congress do both? Boy, you're a real puzzler! Please help me out.
McNerney is on the record of going even further and was in favor of single payer. He is way out of sync with CD11. The election results proved this. The two conservative candidaes on the ballot garnered 9000 more votes than McNerney. Even though he won the election, he knows he's lost his district. Thus he needs to get his fundraising into high gear or he's out for sure in 2012.
Posted by Stinky Feet John, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Well, CA-voter. Wasn't trying to 'wind you up'. Just seeking clarity from someone who presented himself as knowledgable. And from your confused statements and then garbled attempt to dissemble, I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. From your recent response, however, it's pretty obvious you're not so much a puzzler. You're just confused and apparently incapable of writing a clear thought. Keep up the good fight on your corruption campaign. Next time perhaps you should try posting with some evidence to back up your poorly veiled insinuations.
Posted by CA-11 voter, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm
That's fine John, you can refuse to discuss my points by asking silly questions and making ludicrous accusations. I raise the points about Jerry McNerney's record, and provide links to information. I am quite knowlegdgable about these topics, it is you who asked so many questions, dissembling on your own. Amazingly, my last post cleared up SO much for you. Look in the mirror.
Do you not think that the constant money raising by our politicians has a corrupting influence? Come on.
I am simply asking voters to learn about McNerney's record, and take the opportunity to question our Congressman about these topics. If you wish to argue the topics themselves, we have nothing to talk about
Posted by Stinky Feet John, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Yes, it's kind of funny. CA-11 voter kind of reminds me of a guy who posts here a lot. Bad grammar, bad spelling, gets flustered when confronted with an argument. Loses his concentration. Likes to hurl names at people he doesn't like, which is just about everyone. His name is Steve. Perhaps CA-11 voter is familiar with him?
Posted by CA-11 Voter, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 19, 2011 at 10:41 am
Jerry McNerney's constituents may also want to question him about something else he campaigned on, and highlighted during the candidate forum just prior to the election, ask for an update on EVI in Stockton
In San Joaquin County, Iím working with local officials to create clean energy jobs, and I was thrilled that just last year a new plant opened up that is manufacturing electric cars and trucks in Stockton.
applauded, indeed, by Steve Riley, VP-Sales & Marketing for Electric Vehicles International (EVI):
ďCongressman McNerneyís bill will help make sure that companies like EVI that are playing by the rules and creating U.S. jobs can compete on fair terms for government contracts,Ē said Mr. Riley. ďI appreciate Congressman McNerneyís efforts, which will help companies like EVI expand and create jobs in Northern California.Ē
I think Mr Riley's statement would be more accurate if he said Mcnerney's bill will create new rules to help the industries he has picked as winners, instead of allowing free and fair competition in the marketplace
Posted by jmadison, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Mar 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm
Mr. McNerney, The Constitution of the United States establishes the Rule of Law for governing our REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC. As such, it provides that the majority rule is NOT to trample the minority. Certain provisions within our Constitution establish means for protection of the minority. You might want to educate yourself on this and other important features of our republican form of governement, such as: checks and balances, limited role of the federal government and preservation of individual rights. Let me remind you that these individual rights apply to ALL U.S. citizens, not just the left-wing radical social constituents in your district.
Posted by sore corns curtis, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Mar 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Oh, and I forgot. CA-voter Steve is very knowledgabable. He wants us to return to Herbert Hoover's pure capitalism model. (And more Hoovervilles might mean keeping those kinds out of Pleasantonm, if ya know what I mean.) Mr. McNerney, CA-voter Steve is very knowledgababble about the governement two.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm
The CEO of National Public Radio is on record saying that NPR would be better off without public funding. However, Jerry McNerney votes to continue sending them our tax dollars. If he can't get behind these extremely easy and obvious cuts to the Federal budget, I rather doubt we will be seeing any votes to make the tough cuts. I have to work during Jerry's Congress on the Corner, but someone should ask him why he votes to give our tax dollars to people who don't want the money, don't need the money, and certainly don't deserve the money. We are 14 trillion dollars in debt; the least we should do is quit spending tax dollars on any program that is not absolutely necessary for the country's survival.
Posted by sore corns curtis, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Mar 20, 2011 at 1:33 am
Klick and Klack, Terry Gross, and all the rest of the pampered lot at NPR. Go lick the boots of corporate America like all the other radio stations. Our country doesn't need an independent public radio station; you should make yourselves more beholden to corporate Amerca. And why don't you allow Rush Limbaugh, and Hannity, and Beck, and Savage, and O'Rielly and Coulter on? Do you think you're better than the stations that have to lick the boots of corporate America? What? Are you afraid you're going to become more like Fox News? You're nothing but educated elitists.
Posted by CA-11 Voter, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 21, 2011 at 8:03 am
Of course, 11th district voters who want to question Jerry McNerney today at 2pm at the Dublin library may simply want to ask about Democrat policies and priorities in the face of continued double digit unemployment in California, no to mention U6 unemployment nationally at 18%.
Voters may wish to ask Jerry Mcnerney what has happened with billions in stimulus spending that the Obama administration touted as the key to economic recovery apparently not doing the job. And ask how it is that the Washington DC area seems to be the only region of the US unaffected by the recession. Greece, Spain and Ireland seem to be proof that higher and higher levels of government spending and government expansion are not the solution.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Dear Mr. Curtis,
Please make us aware of those Democratic job-creating policies you mentioned. All I see from Democrats are job-killing taxes, job-killing regulations, and anti-corporation bias on all fronts. The companies who provide our jobs are moving out of California at an alarming rate, and the ones that are staying are not expanding or investing in our state. The only jobs I have seen created by Democrats are IRS agents, census takers, and other public-sector parasites. McNerney himself created 5 new bureaucratic jobs for technical advisers to the FCC - guess where they work (hint: it is not California), and guess how many private sector jobs have been killed by the FCC; and guess how much extra taxes we pay on every phone bill, internet bill, etc. as a result of the FCC.
Oh, I forgot, there is an army of lawyers and consultants at my private sector company whose soul mission is to attempt compliance with IRS, ITAR, OSHA, EPA, DTSC, and a host of other regulatory and tax agencies. You can add those jobs to the long list of private sector jobs created by democratic policies. And you can add those to the LONG list of reasons why my company is building new plants all over the world, and even in other states - but not in California.
Oh, one more item - Dear Stinky John: Go ahead and run your spell checker on my post. Perhaps you will find a misspelled word or two which you can use to prove that democratic policies create private sector jobs.