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Congressman Joe Pitts: ‘It is incumbent on Ariel Sharon and Yasir Arafat to restart a peace process’

by Ian Rhodewalt, Mondoweiss, May 13, 2012

Apparently, my congressman believes that the solution for peace in the Middle East will be reached by encouraging negotiations between a vegetable and a dead man.

My father recently received a form letter response from Joe Pitts (Pennsylvania’s 16th district). A year ago, after visiting me in Ramallah, my father contacted Pitts’ office, expressing his opposition to House Resolution 268, a one-sided resolution that condemned Palestinians and reaffirmed the US “commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. The incredibly baffling, much-delayed response from Pitts included this gem:

“With the global war against terrorism, it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasir Arafat to clamp down on Palestinian extremists that have perpetuated violence and to restart a peace process that has collapsed.”

This response was dated April 20, 2012. I realize that members of Congress use form letters to communicate quickly with their constituents, but when they are as outdated as this on an issue that is so central to US foreign policy, one might question the intelligence or efficacy of such a politician….

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Mr. Pitts has it wrong

letter, Daily Local News, 9/9/10

Referring to Congressman Joe Pitts’ Op-Ed, “It’s all about listening to America,” (DLN, Sept. 6) what the congressman apparently fails to grasp is that America spoke in the last presidential election by electing Barack Obama president. That was when America spoke, sir, according to our great Constitution and the tenets of democracy.

That a noisy, whining and misled minority has held boisterous “town halls,” often “yelling down” duly elected officials and has threatened and cajoled itself into notoriety, all the while injecting a racist and xenophobic mob mentality into our democratic process, does not mean that no one is “listening to America.”

The minority “America” Congressman Pitts writes about is financed by huge corporate conglomerates (that also finance him) that have created not grassroots, but Astroturf, and is egged on by those greedy corporate interests that back Fox News.

The “America” Congressman Pitts writes about fans the fires of racism, bigotry, and xenophobia constantly day-in, day-out with one goal: To make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Mr. Pitts, you are not speaking about my America, which spoke most eloquently and intelligently in the democratic election of Barack Obama as our president. Perhaps you, sir, are the one who should “listen to America.”

Karen Porter
West Goshen

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Progressive ratings of Congress

ProgressivePunch rates the US House of Representatives for progressive votes on individual issues and overall. Their overall ratings for SE PA, out of 431 in Congress, based on 2009-10 votes, are:

51 (tied) Robert Brady, CD 01 (-0.80)
57 (tied) Chaka Fattah, CD 02 (+5.70)
145 Allyson Schwartz, CD 13 (-2.22)
156 Joe Sestak, CD 07 (-7.18)
176 Patrick Murphy, CD 08 (-22.62)
266 Jim Gerlach, CD 06 (-74.59)
376 (tied) Joe Pitts, CD 16 (-70.77)

The second figure, in parentheses, compares the rating to the district. E.g., Gerlach and Pitts are ranked far less progressive than their districts.

Check the full chart for lifetime rankings and rankings by individual issues.

We find, for example, that on environment, supposedly one of his strong points, Gerlach’s lifetime votes earn him 262nd place. Since on all issues his district is rated “Strong Dem,” maybe he has a problem here?

In the Senate, based on 2009-10 votes:

Casey 32 (+5.20)
Specter 56 (-50.90)

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Does Your Representative Show the Military Industrial Complex Enough Love? (I’m Naming Names)

by rossl, March 10, 2010, at Alternet

Today in America there is a big and under-reported issue. There are actually people out there, some of them unbelievably in Congress, crazy enough to challenge that great American institution, the military industrial complex. Who doesn’t love Halliburton? Or Dick Cheney? Or the Iraq War? Or useless projects that do nothing more than enrich and empower an already powerful and rich elite?

I’ll tell you who. 65 good for nothin’ Congresspeople. They’re the ones who today voted against a symbolic resolution to get our troops out of Afghanistan.

Now, cutting the snark, so many of the other 356 don’t even have the gall to vote against a symbolic resolution to end a war! I understand that some people honestly support it, but when less than half of the country supports the war in Afghanistan, it’s a bad sign that all of these Congresspeople still do:

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(The 356 include all 5 SEPA representatives, D and R alike.)

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