Rep. Jim Cooper, our current Representative in Washington, has long cast himself as a “Blue-Dog” conservative Democrat. In more recent memory, his voting record has moved markedly to the left and essentially placed him in lock-step with Speaker Pelosi. His “Blue-Dog” affiliation is weak at best.
So, in order to make sure his record is clear, we did some research to highlight his five most economically damaging votes in recent memory.
# 5. 2010 vote for the fiscal budget – In 2009, Rep. Cooper was one of 233 votes to pass a budget with a record deficit. The early figures coming out are that the deficit will be around $1.5 trillion.
#4. Raise the debt ceiling – Early in 2010, Congress voted to increase the federal debt limit from $12.4 trillion to $14.3 trillion, an increase of $1.9 trillion. In this same bill, they instituted the “Pay-Go” initiative intended to require our Congress to cut spending if new measures were passed that increased the deficit. That portion has been largely ignored as our Congress continues to spend money we don’t have without cutting the budget elsewhere.
#3. The TARP vote – This vote will haunt many politicians in the coming elections. Some have already watched as constituencies select a new candidate to replace them. 263 Representatives, including Rep. Cooper, voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Rep. Cooper later said that this bailout should have been larger. Recent updates say the program may only end up costing $105 billion.
#2. Health Care Reform – Rep. Cooper was one of 219 votes that passed the most intrusive measure in 2010 thus far. Many democrats at the time lauded the bill because it would save us money. Wrong. Let’s add another $1.0 trillion to the tab.
And finally, #1 on Rep. Cooper’s most economically damaging votes?
The Stimulus package. 246 Representatives voted for this disastrous bill in 2009, Rep. Cooper among them. The $787 billion dollar measure for “Economic Recovery and Reinvestment” has been a dismal failure. The CBO recently said the actual expense of the bill includes an additional $75 billion. So, what does $862 billion look like? 10% unemployment and a shaky recovery at best.
Thanks to Rep. Jim Cooper and these five votes, the Pelosi agenda could potentially cost American taxpaying citizens is $5.367 trillion. That excludes his “yea” votes like Cap-and-Trade, Cash for Clunkers and the budget that was recently “deemed” without a true measure. We must remember these votes so that when people ask why you support our campaign, you can remind them that Rep. Cooper supported legislation pushing America deeper and deeper into debt.