#7 Congresswoman Mary Whitaker Bono Mack, it is time to go!

Posted on October 8, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

Mary Whitaker Bono Mack 


Representative Mary Whitaker Bono Mack (Rep) represents California.

She has been in office continuously since 1998 and will be up for re-election in 2010.

There are voting instances in  Representative Mack’s voting record that are somewhat disturbing. The primary issues we found with her record are specific to a lack of fiscal responsibility, yet speaking out to the public stating the importance of fiscal responsibility in these harsh economic times. 

Voted YES on Cap N Trade in June 2009

Congresswoman Mack  represents the great state of California that is bankrupt and suffering from high unemployment rates.  Bearing this in mind, she voted yes to a bill incurring high costs to the taxpayers when her state and the entire country are operating in the red.   This was fiscally irresponsible to vote yes for the Cap N Trade bill that the experts say will add an equivalent 12-15% tax hike on everyone in her district.  This is just a small sample of the spending and further expenses to be paid by the taxpayers of this country:

 -Appropriates $600 million for fiscal years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 respectively to establish the Best in Class Appliances Deployment Program for the following reasons (Sec. 214):

-Appropriates $200 million for fiscal year 2009-2010, $250 million for fiscal year 2010-2011, $300 million for fiscal year 2011-2012, $350 million for fiscal year 2012-2013 and $400 for fiscal year 2013-2014 for the Hollings Manufacturing Partnership Program (Sec. 247).

-Appropriates $15 billion for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 respectively to establish the Clean Energy Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund Program for issuing grants to States to issue loans to manufactures for investments in clean energy technology, including, but not limited to, wind turbines, solar energy, fuel cells, biomass equipment, geothermal equipment, advanced biofuels, ocean energy equipment, carbon capture and storage, and advanced batteries, battery systems, or storage devices (Sec. 246).

-Appropriates $2.5 billion to establish the Residential Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program for issuing grants to States, metropolitan cities and urban counties, Indian tribes, and insular areas to carry out energy efficiency improvements in new and existing single-family and multifamily housing (Sec. 296).

-Appropriates $5 billion to the Alternative Energy Sources State Loan Fund established by this Act for the Secretary of Energy to issue loans to states and Indian tribes to provide incentives

Voted YES Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions  HR 3221

July 2008

She chose to spend more money yet again.

Increases the national debt limit from $9.82 trillion to $10.62 trillion (Sec. 3083).

-Establishes the Home Ownership Preservation Entity Fund to fund the HOPE (Home Ownership Preservation Entity) for Homeowners Program, which will insure up to $300 billion for 30 year refinanced loans for distressed borrowers between October 1, 2008-September 30, 2011 (Sec. 1402).

Editorial note: Giving loans to unqualified borrowers is what has caused the majority of the housing issue.  People should be accountable for their actions, not rewarded for poor judgment.  Let them learn the hard lessons so it won’t be repeated .  People can live in rental properties until they can afford to do better.


Voted YES for HR1424 – Second Economic Package October 2008

Voted to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that allows the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase troubled assets from financial institutions, with a total outstanding balance of up to $700 billion, and also provides tax incentives for alternative energies and contains income tax and alternative minimum tax provisions.

Editorial Note: One would think that this Representative would be especially sensitive to spending as her state is bankrupt (literally). 


In her speeches and papers she speaks of fiscal discipline and curtailing spending. Her voting record states otherwise.  Please see the speech excerpt below that conflict this action of votes with words: 

 Congress must stand for fiscal discipline and reform. I am very concerned about the level of federal spending. One of my top priorities is to reduce unnecessary and wasteful federal spending. It is clear that Congress must work to achieve some balance between the costs that continue to place pressure upon mandatory spending programs and the actual effectiveness of these programs. As we advance in areas like health care, defense, and education, continual changes must be considered that ensure money is spent more efficiently and effectively”. 

There are a lot of “nice to have” ideas about the environment, the arts, etc.  No one denies this to be true. However, these ideas are not critical at this moment when the country is deeply in debt, unemployment rates are higher than they have been in over 50 years, and people struggle to make house payments.  This was irresponsible to vote yes for the Cap N Trade bill that the experts say will add an equivalent 12-15% tax hike on everyone.

This is a matter of priorities and fiscal responsibility.  It is time to get back to our country’s foundation as a constitutional republic.  Representative Mack, it is time to leave.


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