Sen. “Stand-In” George LeMieux (R-FL) is nearing the end of his career as a placeholder for incoming Sen. Marco Rubio, but he won’t be leaving without doing as much damage as possible in the ongoing GOP War on Americans, in which he is an eager participant. Usually Sen. LeMieux can be found almost daily nagging every move President Obama and the Democrats make via Twitter, and his skill with stretching the imagination is quite something to behold.
When he isn’t nitpicking on Twitter he can be found in the Senate where he can do actual damage rather than merely gossiping, and there his skills are more akin to hostage taking. His pet issue for months has been the same of his Grand Obstructionist Party colleagues: tax cuts for the rich, or the “Millionaire Bailout,” because let’s face it, that’s what pretty much what it amounts to. LeMieux has been brazenly vocal in this department. In October, he cut off unemployment benefits because he didn’t get those tax cuts, claiming that they were really (and stop me if you’ve heard this fiction before) “tax hikes” and going further to say that while unemployment benefits would be nice, he just couldn’t allow them:
“While we’re all certainly sympathetic and want to work to make people go back to work — my home state of Florida certainly suffering with very high unemployment — we need to know how we’re going to pay for it so we don’t put this debt on our children and grandchildren.”
Tax cuts which aren’t paid for however, are another thing entirely to Sen. Stand-In. The unemployed will have to suffer at the feet of penny pinchers like him and settle for dumpster diving for dinner if he and his millionaire friends can’t dine on say, caviar.
Well, George won’t be leaving without at least one more hostage crisis. This time it’s the DREAM Act. He’s been dancing around that issue for a while with mixed messages as to why he won’t vote in favor of it. Recently his reason for voting against it was to “secure the border first.” Now he’s gone back to the party line excuse, one he knows well, and the Senate Majority Leader’s office is taking notice:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Hispanic media spokesman, José Dante Parra, is accusing George LeMieux — a target of Dream Act activists — with coming up with different reasons for voting against the measure.
“It is unfortunate that Sen. Lemieux continues to move the goal posts on a bill as critical as the DREAM Act,” Parra said in an e-mail. “He has raised concerns throughout the past months on border security and procedure around the DREAM Act, and all of those concerns have been addressed.”
“Now, Sen. Lemieux has signed a letter released by Republican leadership vowing to block all legislation in the Senate including DREAM, unless we first give tax cuts to the rich,” Parra said. Our overstretched military cannot wait any longer to have access to quality recruits who want to defend their country. Our economy cannot afford to lose the talent of students who would spur economic growth with their work and by paying taxes. We hope Sen. Lemieux will consider the benefits to our country and support this bill based on its merits, not the obstruction of his leadership.”
I think they needn’t hold their breathe waiting around for LeMieux to do the right thing. He’s been a willing puppet for the GOP, starting with selling out the man who sent him to the Senate in the first place, Charlie Crist, and doing so faster than you can say “Wall Street Fundraiser.”
Now he’ll go out with one last group of hostages, students who indeed have a dream which he’ll gladly strip away.
If George LeMieux and the Republicans can’t get that Millionaire Bailout that they so desperately want, then LeMieux has just one thing to say to them: