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Rep. Mike Kelly
With the Casey Anthony trial-of-the-century now history you might think that perhaps the megamedia would find some time to dig into a few real stories for a change. Well, you might think that if you lived in Pollyannaland.

One missed item attaches to Rep. Mike Kelly, the Tea Party favorite who has represented the Third District of Pennsylvania since January. Kelly, who inherited a few bucks from his car dealer dad and married a natural gas heiress, is all about getting Washington to stop spending so much money. He said the day he was sworn in that it would be "absolutely irresponsible" to raise the debt ceiling.

A couple of months later, however, when it came to cutting $4 billion in subsidies for the top five oil companies, Mr. Frugal voted (along with the entire House Republican caucus) not to stop this giveaway. In his case, there was a personal stake in that vote. He owns more than $6 million of two companies that were just bought by one of those immensely profitable oil giants, ExxonMobil.

As ThinkProgress points out, that didn't sit too well with a constituent at a recent townhall meeting in Erie, Penn. He asked Kelly how he could:

“...justify continuing subsidies for oil companies with record profits while cutting vital services for working families?” The Pennsylvania congressman first responded by citing American Petroleum Institute talking points and argued that we need to help oil companies because they are in many pension plans and retirement portfolios. Kelly then went on to decry what he saw as “class warfare” before being shouted down by constituents who were incredulous that the Pennsylvania congressman was a “rich millionaire” but he wouldn’t end oil subsidies and “fix the tax code” ...

KELLY: First of all, let me just ask one thing. Is there anybody in here that has a pension? Anybody have a portfolio? I want you to very carefully look at those portfolios. Those are usually made up by profitable companies.

CONSTITUENT: Why are we subsidizing them?

KELLY: If you really want to understand the whole thing, I would say that, number one, we want companies to be profitable. I said earlier about the class warfare, if we’re going to start classifying, “they’re too rich, they’re too wealthy, they’re too greedy. We don’t get enough, we need more, and we need to have rich people putting more money in. We need, we need, we need, we need, we need, we need, we need.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Congressman. Given your membership in the National Rifle Association, I'm sure you're familiar with the concept of self-defense. That's what your constituents are engaging in, sir. You and your right-wing buddies didn't call it class warfare during the past three decades that have transferred wealth in an upward direction and sliced off an ever-greater share of income for the top economic tier that you inhabit. But now that people well below that tier are resisting the policies that aided and abetted this transfer, you find the label useful. Cribbed, of course, from Heritage Foundation talking points and the daily Foxaganda spew.

Given your financial interests in companies that are fracking natural gas out of the Marcellus shale, we can no doubt soon count on another stellar townhall performance when some constitutent complains about the risk of fracking to their drinking water. Most likely you'll bellyache about how environmental zealots are determined to drive energy companies out of business and damage job creation.

Congressman, you're as convincing as a 3-year-old with cake frosting all over his face. You think the peasants need to know their place and keep silently to it. Too bad it pits out those fine shirts of yours when they refuse.

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  •  How do you spell "hypocrite"? (6+ / 0-)

    T-E-A-P-A-R-T-Y

    The first 't' is silent.

    Modern Conservatism isn't simply about them owning as much as possible; it's also about breaking anything they can't own.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 05:25:10 PM PDT

  •  I'd say he's as convincing as a coke addict (8+ / 0-)

    with blow all over his face, a razor on the mirror, and an expensive but jittery prostitute on the bed.

  •  an all too familiar story... (2+ / 0-)
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    PAbluestater, yaque

    ...that the media never seem to pick up.

    the ideological power of "rich" is really what we have to break through.  it carries so much more meaning than the mere word denotes.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 05:28:24 PM PDT

  •  "Trust us. We're here, 'To Serve Man'. " n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Communist Capitalism (0+ / 0-)

    From all no matter how poor
    To the few because they deserve more

    Never question what Dear CEO takes home in bonus
    On the workers falls the onus
    Meeting quarterlies and cutting taxes
    On the workers fall the axes

  •  Or it could be 1.5 million (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson
    He owns more than $6 million of two companies that were just bought by one of those immensely profitable oil giants, ExxonMobil.

    One block is marked "1MM to 5MM," the other is "500k to 1MM."  So his holdings in the two companies are somewhere between 1.5MM and 6MM.
  •  Here's the problem right here: (7+ / 0-)
    CONSTITUENT: Why are we subsidizing them?

    KELLY: If you really want to understand the whole thing, I would say that, number one, we want companies to be profitable.

    A company that survives on subsidies isn't really profitable on Planet Earth.

    But on Planet Greedy Rich-Ass, "government handouts" are "profits" if the people cashing the checks are wearing suits and ties.

  •  Honestly, I've give up (3+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, OrdinaryIowan, mayim

    believing hypocrites will be taken to task. I've lived too long and have seen the progression of "credible" gaping assholes in this country.

    I have a primitive lake cottage in which to spend time -- and a compost pile there where I've designated my ashes.

    Nothing will change especially since folks are on the tubes rather than the street.  I'll still work with my neighbors re: voting and issues -- but I truly don't see the younger generation picking up the pace.  

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 05:50:24 PM PDT

    •  the only people who care about hypocrisy (4+ / 0-)

      are liberals, people who believe in justice and equity.  

      If you don't believe in those things, then you don't care about hypocrisy.

      its not a bugaboo for the right.  they don't care if they are hypocrites.  hypocrisy isn't considered a problem, in fact, it is a logical extension of a worldview based on hierarchy and inequity.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 06:08:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Spot on sir! (0+ / 0-)

    especially this:

    You and your right-wing buddies didn't call it class warfare during the past three decades that have transferred wealth in an upward direction and sliced off an ever-greater share of income for the top economic tier that you inhabit. But now that people well below that tier are resisting the policies that aided and abetted this transfer, you find the label useful.

    Needs to be tightened up to a bumper sicker and internet sig, but really excellent\ as is!

    "Responsible people leave neither loaded guns nor paranoid, eliminationist ideologies laying around for the mentally ill to play with".....Driftglass

    by KenBee on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 05:50:52 PM PDT

  •  they voted for this ahole Mike Kelly (0+ / 0-)

    because his opponent incumbent Dahlkemper voted yes on Affordable Health Care.

    since I know people in PA-3 who did not vote for ahole Kelly -- I have to be sympathetic to the results of the stupidity of some voters.

    wish there was a way to "weed out" the idiot voters who just wanted someone different to oppose Obama.

    President Obama - will you ever send some Corrupt Wall Street Banksters to PRISON where they belong?

    by PAbluestater on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 05:59:28 PM PDT

    •  there isn't a way to "weed out" (5+ / 0-)

      idiot voters, if you believe in democracy.  If you are a right wing conservative filled with bias against certain classes of voters, there are ways to "weed them out", but they are pretty despicable options called voter suppression.  You can talk to former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, if you are interested in those.  Or check the biography of former Chief Justice Reinquist for more details and how-tos.

      Otherwise, the only option is to counteract "idiot voters" with more democracy and a surplus of "not idiot voters".

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 06:15:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'm not sure (1+ / 0-)
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      PAbluestater

      that's the reason Dahlkemper was voted out of office.  I think Dahlkemper was more a victim of "the wave" than anything.  She was elected in a Democratic wave by a pretty thin majority in a very purple district...surviving 2010, especially as a freshman, would have been a miracle.

      "It's very dear to me, the issue of gay marriage. Or, as I like to call it: 'marriage.' You know, because I had lunch this afternoon, not gay lunch. I parked my car; I didn't gay park it." - Liz Feldman

      by Chrislove on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 06:38:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ah, my Congressman. (3+ / 0-)

    Well, not anymore technically, I moved from Erie into the neighboring district, but the third district is more home to me than the fifth.

    Mike Kelly is an asshole of the highest order, as are many of his supporters (I was interning for a news channel on election night at the Kelly HQ, and when they announced the results periodically they called Kathy Dahlkemper "that woman").  I hope the voters who kicked Kathy Dahlkemper out of office are happy with what they got.  She was a Blue Dog and far from a progressive, but at least she wasn't a fake and a lying asshole.

    "It's very dear to me, the issue of gay marriage. Or, as I like to call it: 'marriage.' You know, because I had lunch this afternoon, not gay lunch. I parked my car; I didn't gay park it." - Liz Feldman

    by Chrislove on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 06:23:26 PM PDT

    •  You're correct. (2+ / 0-)
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      He is my congressman and I attended the gathering. He spoke in a very condescending tone and with style more suitable for a grade school classroom. The crowd was small, but lively -- on both sides -- complete with two armed police officers ready to quell a disruptive crowd. I stayed for approximately one hour of it and just couldn't take any more. I spent 18 years in the automobile business and have always held that dealer principals must share the same mother. Kelly acted like all the ones I've known. He's in way over his head.

  •  I took a look at a cross reference on jobs (0+ / 0-)

    The ten largest Fortune 500 companies are:

        Wal-Mart Stores
        Exxon Mobil
        Chevron
        ConocoPhillips
        Fannie Mae
        General Electric
        Berkshire Hathaway
        General Motors
        Bank of America
        Ford Motors

    The ten largest US employers are:
    (actually they are dwarfed by the Federal Government at 4.8 Million workers but ....)

    1     Wal-Mart     Retail     1,800,000
    2     Kelly Services     Staffing/Temporary Help     750,000
    3     McDonald's     Fast Food     465,000
    4     UPS     Express Delivery     428,000
    5     IBM     Computer Hardware     355,766
    6     Home Depot     Home Retail     345,000
    7     Target     Retail     338,000
    8     Citigroup     Banking     337,000
    9     General Electric     Leasing & Finance     319,000
    10     AT&T     Staffing/Telephone Service     302,770

    See any correlation?  Only Walmart is big and employs people in proportion to their profit.  

    Where ARE the jobs?

    "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

    by captainlaser on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 06:40:28 PM PDT

  •  Look up "cognitive dissonance" (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    in the dictionary; you just might find that exchange as an example.

    We need companies to be profitable, so let's give profitable companies billions.

    DERP

  •  Is it fair to say, fat, white America is the prob? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm ready to.

  •  I'm totally frustrated (0+ / 0-)

    because these asshats are WINNING.  They are setting the policies and the course for the country for the next generation.  What the hell has happened to my United States?  Without a doubt we are going to be returned to at least the 1950's, only without the good paying jobs, and perhaps to the 1930's, only without an FDR.  The tpartiers (small "t") have been set up to vilify people of color and blame them for their condition, which is going to be worse than they could ever have imagined.  And the rich will endure, within their gated communities,with their private security, while the world of the "lesser beings", who obviously deserve their miserable state because they are lazy,crumbles around them.

  •  Yes, class warfare and it's high time we embraced (0+ / 0-)

    this backward accusation.
    The Gop  have usurped this phrase to take it away as a Democratic talking point/ weapon against the actual perpetrators - Republicans.
    We shouldn't allow that

    Kelly, who owns millions in oil and gas money and personally profits from their success, is only the latest defender of corporate giveaways. It is sad but unsurprising that the Pennsylvania Republican would disparage those who call for an end to subsidies as engaging in “class warfare,” while at the same time arguing that taxpayers should support the very oil and gas companies he’s invested in because “we want companies to be profitable.”

    Too bad Kelly is one of the weaker Rethugs. It'd be nice to take down a Vitter or a DeMint, McConnell would be another Gop breaking point imo.

    Thx MB

  •  his argument about the portfolio doesn't make (0+ / 0-)

    sense.  First the portfolio better be pretty well-balanced, in which case some minor losses in one asset will be more than compensated by the overall increase in the economy once it is back on a sound footing thanks to the government having a proper revenue stream.  He's obviously only thinking of his own selfish interests, like most of his ilk.

    Also, nobody is using the word "too" in conjunction with "rich" besides him (and his ilk).  They are just the rich, and others are poor, and it only makes sense that all who can contribute should do so and those who can contribute more do so.

  •  Congress, Cabinet don't have blind trusts. (0+ / 0-)

    They are in and out of the market at will.  Rumsfeld, as I remember, during Bush (2000) had a company that made drugs that were cheap when he came in as Sec of Defense and did not have to put his business in a blind trust and before he left - his drug was used for one of the antidotes to something like anthrax or the flu and his stock went way up.  Even earlier, according to Shock Doctrine, Rumsfeld had run Reagan's campaign for president and the new president moved the people at FDA out to make sure that Rumsfeld's sweetner that had not gotten approved because it used ingredients that were in some kind of poison, like rat poison.  Reagan moved the person out and Whalla - the sweetner made it through and we still have it on the market.  But Rumsfeld never put his stock and holdings in a blind trust.  Made millions on his other business while working in the Government!  Priceless!

    Congress doesn't have to either.  Why not?  You see they all have insider information.  They know what kind of legislation is coming up....can buy the stock, can tell others in their families the inside information....and Whalla - think of the money they make in the market.  

    Just take the example of Justice Thomas' wife who had a 503 group ready to as soon as her husband and the Court gave Citizens United the go in their ruling.  Inside information!

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