Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pence's Legislative Record Shows He's 0 for 62


Mike Pence can talk a good game, but, to put this in Hoosier basketball crazy terms, he’s that annoying guy on the playground that can’t play defense or hit a jump shot.

How can I say that? Well, Pence’s shooting percentage on getting sponsored bills passed committee in Congress is 0.05. Worse than that, he’s gotten exactly ZERO of his bills through Congress. ZERO..ZIP…ZILCH…NADA…NOTHING. In short, he’s been as good of a Congressman for Indiana as I have been, according to GovTrack.us. Now, he wants to be our Governor.

GovTrack.us' analysis is a wonderful picture of Pence’s record as a Congressman since 2001. It rates Pence as a “a far-right Republican” with him high on the leadership scale, and, yes, he has been a Republican leader in Congress despite his rather scant legislative record. However, carrying water for the national GOP’s divisive policies really isn’t what Indiana’s about. Indiana’s politics for the last 23 years have been center to center-right. Certainly, Indiana has not been far right by any stretch of the imagination.

I’m sure Pence will find some way to spin this record. I’m sure it will involve the wheels of Congress not turning his direction and that the Democrats have had control of the Congress during some of his time in office. He’s probably also going to talk about how other Indiana Representatives haven’t had much luck in getting their bills through Congress, either.

While all of those things may be true, Pence has been a longtime high-ranking member of the Republican House Leadership. You would think that he would have called in some of that political capital to get those bills through. Of the nine Indiana Congressional seats, six have had new Congressman that came in behind Pence. Only Dan Burton and Pete Visclosky have represented Hoosiers longer than Pence has in the Lower House of Congress.

These are the things you need to look at when electing an executive of state government. With little to go on legislatively, we really don’t know much about Mike Pence except that he’s, as he says, “Christian, conservative, and Republican, in that order.”

He may be the nicest guy in the world, but I think Indiana deserves better than that. Indiana deserves a guy like John Gregg, who is the kind of Hoosier that can work across the aisle. He's principled, but he's smart enough to listen to people rather than let himself think he has all the answers.

As each week goes by, John Gregg's position looks better and better. When you throw in Pence's scant legislative record, you wonder what might drive anyone to vote for him. He's an ideological empty suit, and he's wrong for Indiana.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Democrats need to look up how many times, Pence voted to raise the debt ceiling during the Bush years.

Anonymous said...

Good call on Pence. His big claim to fame was calling out George Bush on his spending like a drunk sailor. Well spoken, one hit wonder so far. His church/state extremism really bothers me. Not he has religion, but he thinks the US needs to follow the Church of England model that our founders were trying to escape.

To be fair, Andre Carson has not had ANY of his sponsored bills pass out of committee either while in congress. Again a major failure.

Jon E. Easter said...

Your point on Congressman Carson is taken. He is 0 for 19. I will offer this up, however. Congressman Carson is still one of the youngest members of Congress, and he also has not been a member of the leadership. He's been pretty low on the totem pole thus far...at least not as high up as Pence has been.

Pence has been in Congress for 10 years. To have nothing to show for it and having been the third or fourth leading Republican in Congress is pathetic.

As a constituent of Congressman Carson, I feel well-represented by him. You could, however, from a purely statistical standpoint make the same point on Congressman Carson. I still think that the situations are completely different, and Congressman Carson has done other things for his district. He has had a 98 percent attendance rate. He has redirected federal funding to the district in a number of ways. His constituent service is excellent.

Let's see what he's accomplished in March 2018. Then that will be a fair comparison.

Anonymous said...

Hate to go into this on a blog named Indy Democrat, but Andre really needs to step up.

Being a representative in Congress should be based on merit, not being in the gene pool of a incumbent.

Andre has not pulled in any significant dollars to his district. He got nothing of significance from the federal stimulus bill, even though he is a Democrat and a player in the black caucus. He got a few million for some sidewalk and housing money, while other got BILLIONS for Water Infrastructure, High Speed Rail, Broadband Upgrades, Health Care Informatics, etc..

He supports the unproductive nonsense of extotion and finger pointing of Louis Farrakhan, Jessie Jackson, and Al Sharpton, while shunning the calls for self reflection, accountability, education attainment, self empowerment, and strong families from black leaders like Bill Cosby, Juan Williams, Chris Rock, and others.

Your right he is minor leagues when we need major league.

Jon E. Easter said...

Please provide some more flesh your claims or at least provide your name to stand behind your baseless accusations, 8:13 p.m. Your second to the last paragraph reads like something Marvin Scott might post here. Is that you Marvin?

Anonymous said...

No, I am not Marvin.

I'm just a nobody that cares about Indy, and really pays attention to the public sector results, not party rhetoric and fluffy press releases.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, the supporting facts are on www.recovery.gov and the state website www.Invest.in.gov