Bayh Starts to Spend War Chest

Posted by courage On March - 23 - 2010

From The Hill:

Retiring Sen. Evan Bayh has donated $1 million to help elect Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who is running to succeed him.

Bayh (D-Ind.), who announced in February he won’t run for re-election this fall after amassing a $13 million re-election fund, described the donation as an attempt to help Ellsworth win his seat.

“This is a million dollar vote of confidence in Brad Ellsworth and Indiana Democrats,” Bayh said in a statement released by the Indiana Democratic Party. “Though I am leaving the Senate at the end of my term, I am determined to help Brad Ellsworth and the 2010 Democratic ticket with the financial resources they need to run a successful campaign.”

Anyone really surprised at this move?  Read the entire article at the link above.

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this November, an unexpected decision that hands Republicans an opportunity for a pick-up in a year when Democrats are already defending several open Senate seats.

The two-term senator is known as a moderate Democrat. Former GOP Sen. Dan Coats had been planning to challenge Bayh in November — but a senior Democratic source told Fox News that recent polling showed Bayh way ahead of Coats, and that the retirement must have been a personal decision.

Additional information from the Indy Star:

Sen. Evan Bayh will not run for re-election, a decision that will shock Democrats and Republicans alike in Indiana.

In prepared remarks, Bayh, 54, cited excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” he said.

“My decision was not motivated by political concern,” he added. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.”

“But running for the sake of winning an election, just to remain in public office, is not good enough,” Bayh said. “And it has never been what motivates me. At this time I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor.”

“Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,” he said. “Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right. All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state4 and our nation than continued service in Congress.”

As typical of Bayh, he is speaking out both sides of his mouth.  He continually claims (via emails) to support fiscal responsibility of government yet votes in favor of the Senate health care bill.  Mind you he, along with every Senator who voted in favor of this legislation, knows that maneuvered payment to doctors and hospitals out of the bill; to give the appearance of budget neutrality.  It was and is a lie… once these payments are included this legislation sinks the deficit further in to an abyss of red ink.

The commission Bayh is referring to which failed in the Senate, in my view was correct.  If Senators do not have the courage to face, debate and vote on challenging or difficult legislation then they need to go.  The creation of this commission gave them the easy out, they could finger point to an appointed board and say, “they made us do it.”  Are  they statesmen or politicians?  If the later then here’s the door and good riddance.

While papers want to prop-up Dan Coats, Senator turned lobbyist as the threat against against Bayh.. most Hoosiers know that Coats is nothing but … a power play by Governor Mitch Daniels.  Coats lured out of posh lobbyist ties would remain faithful to the Indiana Republican party.  In fact I dare anyone to name major legislation Coats authored during his 11 years in the Senate?

My concern now is what direction Bayh will take during his remaining months?  Will he again vote in favor of some convoluted reconciled health care bill?  Although Hoosiers are formerly against everything that currently is being offered by Congress.  Will he support legislation surrounding cap and trade, which will hit a coal state like Indiana hard.

Hopefully a new day is dawning for the country, one where government shrinks and the freedom of the people moves back to the envisioned republic of our forefathers.

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Bayh’s Numbers Spell Trouble

Senator Evan Bayh: Numbers Spell TROUBLE in 2010

Posted by courage On January - 25 - 2010

Recently Senator Bayh  stated his internal polling leave him unconcerned regarding his re-election bid in 2010.

A comment from Byah in a recent Bloomberg article:

“It’s a more challenging environment for every incumbent,” and “probably more for Democrats than Republicans,” Bayh said. “But the reports of my poll numbers having declined are not accurate. I can tell you that from direct knowledge.”

Well, Bayh may want to check his data; if these polling numbers come from the same method he used to determine his vote on health care.. he’s toast come November.  New poll numbers from Rasmussen paint a very different picture.

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is another Democratic incumbent who could find himself in a tough reelection battle this fall. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds that Bayh attracts support from just 44% or 45% of voters when matched against his top potential Republican challengers.

Congressman Mike Pence is reportedly considering running against Bayh. At this time, he attracts 47% of the vote while Bayh picks up 44%.

A former Republican congressman, John Hostettler, has already indicated he will challenge Bayh. In that match-up, it’s Bayh with a three-point edge, 44% to 41%.

Freshman State Senator Marlin Stutzman has announced that he is in the race. He trails the incumbent by 12 points, 45% to 33%.

Any incumbent who attracts less than 50% support at this point in a campaign is considered potentially vulnerable. However, incumbents have many advantages in a campaign, and Bayh has already raised a large amount of cash for his campaign.

As in many other states, there is a strong correlation between support for the congressional health care plan and voting behavior. Just 37% of Indiana voters favor the plan, while 60% oppose it. Those figures are similar to the national average and include 16% who Strongly Favor the plan and 48% who are Strongly Opposed.(emphasis mine)

Senator Bayh IGNORED the concerns of his constituents in Indiana, he did more than just vote for ObamaCare; he was instrumental in urging wavering Democrats to vote in favor of the legislation.  His comments after a closed door meeting displayed an egostical juvenile glee. (here)  This is not the actions of a Statesman who is concerned about the future of his constituents but rather a politician who is beholding to special interests and places his party over the people he represents.

Yes Senator Bayh, there is trouble on the horizon; dark ominous clouds hang over the trust the people of Indiana placed in you.  The numerous canned emails you spend about “fiscal responsibility” ring hollow and  are void of honest concern.  You whisper in our ears about how as a country we need to reign in spending yet voted in favor of:  Ominubus spending, the stimulus package, cash for clunkers and its increased funding, Congressional pay raises and regulating tobacco, along with its tax increase.  These communications are nothing but a parlor trick, meant to deceive the people.  But as you have seen in Massachusetts, the people have awoken and your days as an elected official may soon be over.

Self-proclaimed “Moderate” Senator Bayh Bamboozles Hoosiers

Posted by courage On January - 22 - 2010

With the vast number of letters I have sent Senator Bayh since the first of the year, we should be on a first name basis.  But this is not the case.  Continually letters are answered with generic form mail, barely addressing the questions this constituent poses.  Rest assured though he can send out mass emails which champion his quest for fiscal responsibility; yet he never makes the connection between this stated policy position and the alarming increase in government bureaucracy, as evidenced by his health care “yea’ vote .  When calling either his local or Washington office I have yet to reach a live person; a vast majority of these times the voice mail box was full.  With legislation that impacts each and ever Hoosier can’t the Senator’s staff even find time to clean out the voice mail?

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Beep…. Senator Bayh’s Voicemail is FULL

Posted by courage On December - 20 - 2009

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Imagine that.. wonder why?

Could it have anything to do with the Reid & Company banging out a sweat deal payoff to Senator Nelson in the health care package?

Pay-offs and bribes seem to be the way Congress is doing business these days, for those unfamiliar with overt tactics.. rest assured it is the Chicago-way.

Lets see heck just since Thanksgiving….

It was Cash for Cloture day for Sen. Mary Landrieu, who secured a $300 million payoff to give the majority the required 60 votes for cloture on a Demcare bill…that has been replaced with another bill that the American public STILL HAS NOT SEEN.  Oh well, maybe in a couple of days?

Now we have Senator Nelson’s vote being bought with an obscene price tag;  Nebraska will never have to pay for it’s share of Medicaid, ever!

How does this sit with you?  How many dollars will your state be forking over to help off-set this sweat deal?

Bayh Flips Like a Fish.. Health Care

Posted by courage On November - 22 - 2009
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Over the last two days I have tried to phone Senator’s Bayh’s office to no avail.  I have emailed his office and received a canned response.  Just once, I’d like him to address the actual issues I raise in my letters to him.. just once!

He keeps stating he is against the escalating national debt and how Congress needs to stop this shameful spending.  Yet he votes to allow the Senate bill to move forward.. along with its $1 plus trillion price tag which will bankrupt the country.  Senator, you can spout the championing of America.. but when Democratic push comes to shove.. you place America, your constituents last on your list of loyalties.

What can you expect from an elitist who didn’t think it important enough to hold a single town hall meeting during the summer break?  Well Evan, I voted for you when you ran for Governor, again when you ran for the Senate… you are up for re-election in 2010.. hmmm and I’m thinking you just may be looking for another job come January 2011.

Consider this your pink slip…

Congress Gives Itself More $

Posted by courage On October - 3 - 2009

Did you know that Congress has issued itself a new stipend raise?  Probably not, much slips under the radar with Congress and the White House throwing new crises daily at the American public.

As Americans are struggling to find work and making cuts in household budgets, Congress believes it needs more money to run their offices.  But hey, its only a 5.8% increase in the legislative office budgets, that is $4.7 billion annually .. I’m sure you received a nifty 5.8% raise last year to help you make household expenses?  Right?  Oh wait .. Are you one of the 15.1 million currently unemployed?

As unemployment inches toward 10%, numbers which “sobered” the White House, the Congresscritters are giving themselves a nice raise in their legislative branch operational budget.

From the Washington Examiner:

Among the goodies, according to Politico, is a $500,000 “pilot program” for senators to mail postcards to constituents about town hall meetings.

Do you really think that Senators need any money to encourage people to attend town hall meetings? Last I looked the town hall meetings during the summer were very well attended, much to the frustration of most elected officials.  In many instances the Congresscritters, didn’t really appreciate We-The-People asking them questions about things that will affect OUR lives, not theirs.   Because well, they wouldn’t be affected by health care reform, conveniently they excuse themselves from the equation.  Plus Congress has that perk of with the Office of the Attending Physician at their beckon call.  You do know about that don’t you?  Read about it here. For a mere $503 a year, every Congressional Representative has, well.. let me quote the article…

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