Hope you are already looking for a new job Rep. John Boccieri

United States
March 19, 2010 11:47am CST
You are going to need it. Boccieri came out today and said he would vote YES on the healthcare overhaul bill..even though he voted no in the past. Boccieri represents a very conservative district (16th Ohio). He is the first democrat to represent it in 60 years. He may be the last for a while. His district DOES NOT want him to vote for this bill. The mass majority don't want it. They want him to vote NO. But he is giong to ignore them and vote yes anyway. Shame on you for ignoring the will of your district. Shame on you for thinking you know better and that you are their dictator. Shame on you for your arrogance. Following his "party" means more to him than following his people. I have an issue with elected officials that do not vote the will of the people who elected them. I think if your district wants it...vote yes..if they don't vote no. But be the voice of your people...not their dictator. They voted them into office to represent their district. Not to represent their party...not their personal views. But the people...that why they are called "public servants". I hope this guy get voted out in his next election...as well as any other members of the house or congress that vote against the will of their district. Tell me what you think.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
19 Mar 10
Chances are he will be voted out, but the damage will already be done. It is like when some one murders some one else. Sure we can punish the murderer but it does not bring back the person that was murdered.
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• United States
19 Mar 10
Yep. You are right. It won't change anything after the fact. I hope his phone is ringing off the hook with people in district giving him heck and calling for him to resign if he does it.
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• United States
22 Mar 10
I actually watched him speak on Cspan today, and he seems like an upstanding representative. I'll be giving him a call thanking him for voting the right way, and helping to save the lives of 32 million people.
• United States
22 Mar 10
Hope you know you are breaking the law by contacting him. There are laws stating that a representive CAN NOT have contact with a private citizen OUTSIDE of their district. So call or write all you want. But don't exspect him to even hear about it or answer you....he does not want to go to jail. As soon as his aide figures out you are not from his state much less his district they will delete that call so fast it would make your head spin. There is a over sight committee that watches that stuff closely. Big time breach of ethics for them to acknowledge your call. But knock yourself out and waste your time. YOu would do better to call your own rep and thank him or her if they voted how you wanted. Not only will your rep. actually hear about it...but you will probly get a response. You really don't understand "district" representation or the role and laws governing congress do you?
@laglen (19779)
• United States
19 Mar 10
They need to remember who they work for. NOT the DNC or the RNC, they work for their constituents. They need that reminder, the best way to achieve this, FIRE THEM!
• United States
19 Mar 10
I say RECALL his butt. Why wait til the next election? Make him leave NOW. Heck if they don't want to go through the recall process....protest him and put tons of preasure on him to resign. On all of them when they do BS like this.
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• United States
21 Mar 10
This RECALL business is ridiculous. This may surprise all of the anti-universal healthcare-scared of socialism/communism people, but, the USA is a democracy. What that means is, our laws are passed by a majority vote. We vote for people to represent us in congress and their job is to vote bills into active law and policies. Now, they represent all of the United States and its citizens. They have a 50 percent chance of upsetting someone with their vote. We all have a chance of things getting passed that we don't like. That doesn't mean we cry "RECALL" just because we have to be juvenile. It is the judicial process at work. People are doing their jobs, showing up to work, voting yes or no on something. If you don't like it, perhaps democracy is not for you.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Mar 10
"This may surprise all of the anti-universal healthcare-scared of socialism/communism people, but, the USA is a democracy." An oft repeated fallicy. And recall is not at all rediculous and has been a part of many state consitutions for centuries and a perfectly legitimate process. It has a part of the established republic form of government all along.
@peavey (16878)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I agree with you, but I wonder what goes on behind the scenes that we don't know about. Threats? Rewards? Dirty politics as usual, no doubt.
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• United States
19 Mar 10
You can count on it!!!
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• United States
22 Mar 10
peavey - I actually posted this in another thread, coincidentally on the same subject, with specific regard to what goes on behind the scenes: Speaking of closed door meetings, here is some nifty trivia, taken from the movie "Sicko". It is a magnetic recording between Ehrlichman and President Nixon on Feb 17th, 1971 @ 5:23 PM. Ehrlichman: We have now narrowed down the vice president's problems on this thing to one issue, and that is whether we should include these Health Maintenance Organizations like Edgar Kaiser's Permanente thing. Nixon: Now let me ask you ... You know I'm no too keen on any of these damn medical programs. Ehrlichman: This is a private enterprise one. Nixon: Well that appeals to me. Ehrlichman: Edgar Kaiser is running his Permanente deal for profit. And the reason he can do it... I had Edgar Kaiser come in, talk to me about this. And I went into some depth. All the incentives are toward less medical care, because the less care they give them, the more money they make. Nixon: Fine. Ehrlichman: ... and the incentives run the right way. Nixon: Not bad. THE NEXT DAY: February 18, 1971 Nixon then proposes a new national health strategy. The purpose of the program is that he wanted America to have the finest health care in the world and he wanted every American to be able to have that care when he needs it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlOkY0NfHQk
@peavey (16878)
• United States
22 Mar 10
ladybugmagic, why am I not surprised? Politics as usual and it doesn't matter who is in there.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
20 Mar 10
My Democratic Representative voted no the first time around. We STILL don't know how he's going to vote. A big demonstration is planned for tomorrow to tell him to vote no. If that doesn't do it, we should recall. There's a Republican running against him this fall. He's ahead in the polls. This Republican represented us before and did a pretty good job. He left to run for the Senate and lost to the Democrat, so he's running for his old seat in the House, and he'll most likely get it back, after this Democrat's performance...even if he does vote no. He voted yes on cap and trade, and that made people angry.
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• United States
20 Mar 10
He may vote yes then because he has got nothing to loose. He knows he will lose in the next election anyway...so why vote how you want? Makes you sick huh? Still put lots of preasure on him. It may work. He does have to live in that town/state after his time in office is over. So he may not want to tick people off too bad.
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• United States
21 Mar 10
A corrupt representative should be recalled. One who takes kickbacks from corporations and lobbyists should be recalled. But, recalling a representative for doing his rightful job, which is voting to either pass or deny a bill? That's a little aggressive, don't you think? It's always going to be a yes or no vote. An "Aye" or a "Nay". Are you always going to have this attitude if a vote doesn't go your way? Immediate recall, demonstration, and pressure him? When you tell a child to eat his brussel sprouts, and he doesn't like them, but they are good for him, should his response be to emancipate himself, or, take into consideration that you are looking out for his best interests? When you tell a child to go to school and do his homework, should his immediate reaction be to emancipate himself because he doesn't like homework? That is the kind of message you are sending here.
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@hofferp (4737)
• United States
21 Mar 10
And what would you call a new hospital in his home town. A gift?
• United States
21 Mar 10
I don't live in Ohio, but I live in California. And, being a public servant, and a recipient of my tax dollars, I expect Boccieri to support the bill, even if his district may oppose it. He works for me, too. He works for all of America, not just his conservative district.
• United States
21 Mar 10
Nope. That is not the way it works. He does not work for "America". He works for the people who got to elect him. Did you get to elect him? NO. Therefore he has a responsibility to the people who actually elected him. That is how each state gets representation. Each state elects their representatives to be "their voice" (not the country's voice) in congress. So that each state/district's opinions, wants and thoughts are heard in our government. Without it....then people do not have a voice. Then you are just being dictated to. What about the Congressman from Lousianna? His district strongly wants this bill...but he has stated he will vote against it. He failed to represent the wishes of his district and the people who elected him.
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• United States
22 Mar 10
I would strongly discourage the Louisianna congressman's district to threaten recall over one vote. If the next congressman comes in and votes differently than the way they want, are they going to continuously play recall? It's an abuse of a legitimate practice.
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• United States
22 Mar 10
My last comment here shows I don't play both sides of the coin as you suggested in a comment above.
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@clrumfelt (5440)
• United States
20 Mar 10
Nancy Pelosi made it pretty clear that the representatives should fall on their swords and give up their jobs rather than vote against the HC bill. Why they would listen to her on this is beyond me. It really doesn't make sense unless the Chicago-style politicians are perhaps threatening their families if they vote no.
• United States
21 Mar 10
No goon is placing pressure or threatening anyone or buying votes or sweetheart deals. The democrats are just true to what they were hired to do - look after the people. They don't dance the politics game the republicans do.
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@clrumfelt (5440)
• United States
21 Mar 10
I see plenty of goons (Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, for example) putting pressure on their colleagues out in the open. Why should it shock anyone if they are also threatening people in private?