Kurt Schrader has had another election year conversion.He’s gone from being ‘Blue Dog’ to Annoying Orange.He’ll be wearing an Orange Pin at next week’s State of the Union denoting how he’s now a “fiscal moderate” and “problem solver.”
When the 5th Congressional District Representative was in the majority in Congress, he, like all of the other Democrats in the Oregon delegation, crammed through budget busting and civil rights infringing ObamaCare, stimulus, free-for-all spending appropriations, Dodd Frank and its job killing regulations, Cash for Clunkers/Homes and, let us not forget, carbon taxes. There was not a scintilla of difference between the way the Oregon Democrats voted and the far left Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi was running Oregon’s 5th, 3rd, 4th and 1st Congressional Districts.
He told voters at the time that he was a “fiscally moderate” ‘Blue Dog Democrat’. Eyeroll.
Now the bills are coming due. Joblessness is up. Oregon’s U-6 unemployment rate is 16.6% and the
Democrats are pretending not to know why this so-called “recovery” doesn’t come with jobs. They’ve spent up the debt and deficit and inflation is coming. Ben Bernanke can’t protect them– or us–forever.
Since ‘Blue Dogs’ have gone the way of the Do Do, Schrader is trotting out a new schtick in time for the 2014 election. He’s swapped his Blue Dog moniker for an orange one. Next week on television during the State of the Union address Schrader will be one of the handful (40 out of 435) of Congressional reps of both parties to wear the “No Labels” pin.
Here’s what their PR agency says it means,
“The problem solvers comprise a group of congressional Democrats and Republicans who have agreed to meet regularly to build trust across the aisle. We’ve got to work together,” said No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Joe Manchin.[Democrat]. “The ‘problem solvers’ is quite literally the only forum in DC where Democrats and Republicans can sit across from one another to discuss issues and forge solutions. I’m wearing this pin to the State of the Union because I think the ‘problem solvers’ can play a big role in breaking the gridlock in this town and because I want more of my colleagues to join.”
Pardon me for laughing. Democrats crammed through those big spending bills –MINUS DEBATE and COMPROMISE–and now they’re demanding tax increases to pay for their horrible decisions hoping you’ll fall for the feint.
See their release:
State Of The Union 2013: From One Night Stand to Committed RelationshipNo Labels’ Problem Solvers Grows to 40 Republicans & Democrats as Members Don “Stop Fighting, Start Fixing” Pins at State of the UnionAfter Last Year’s Push to Get Members to Sit Together at State of the Union, Problem Solvers Say Now It’s Time to Work TogetherWASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Forty congressional Democrats and Republicans are preparing to proudly tout their membership in No Labels’ “problem solvers” group by wearing the group’s “Stop Fighting, Start Fixing” pin at President Obama’s State of the Union address. The gesture marks a significant step toward more substantive cooperation in Congress one year after No Labels led the charge to convince more than 200 members to sit with members of the other party at the SOTU.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130208/DC55984LOGO )The problem solvers comprise a group of congressional Democrats and Republicans who have agreed to meet regularly to build trust across the aisle. First announced at No Labels’ Meeting to Make America Work! on January 14, the problem solvers have already held their first meeting and have managed to recruit a dozen additional colleagues. The group will be working to convince more colleagues to “get pinned” in the days before the State of the Union and aims to have 70 or more members by year end.“Wearing this pin is a statement that we’ve got to do a lot more than sit together. We’ve got to work together,” said No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Joe Manchin. “The ‘problem solvers’ is quite literally the only forum in DC where Democrats and Republicans can sit across from one another to discuss issues and forge solutions. I’m wearing this pin to the State of the Union because I think the ‘problem solvers’ can play a big role in breaking the gridlock in this town and because I want more of my colleagues to join.”“Members from opposing parties increasingly don’t know or talk with one another,” added No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Gov. Jon Huntsman. “Schedules are packed when in D.C. and at home, leaving precious little time to build relationships across the aisle. The ‘problem solvers’ provides a crucial opportunity to open up the lines of communication.”“I look forward to joining my colleagues in wearing the ‘Stop Fighting, Start Fixing’ pin at the State of the Union address. We all agree that Washington is broken and that America’s future is threatened by hyper-partisanship and gridlock. These pins are a sign that we don’t have to abandon our principles. We just have to commit to problem solving and getting something done,” said Sen. Dean Heller. “There is no ideological litmus test to join this group,” said No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston. “We welcome everyone – left, right and everything in between – so long as they are willing to collaborate with one another to seek shared success for America. This new attitude is what No Labels is all about, and we are excited to see so many members publicly embrace it at this year’s State of the Union.”No Labels is working aggressively with the current crop of ‘problem solvers’ to actively recruit new members to the group and today sent invitation letters to all members of Congress. Click here to see the letter.The following members of Congress will be wearing the orange lapel pin at the State of the Union:Rep. John Barrow (D-GA)Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA)Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA)Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R-TN)Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY)Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR)Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA)Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT)Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KA)Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL)Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME)Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA)Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL)Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY)Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI)Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI)Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA)Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)No Labels is a grassroots movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving. No Labels promotes its politics of problem solving in three ways: by organizing citizens across America, by providing a space for legislators who want to solve problems, and by pushing for common-sense reforms from our Make Congress Work! action plan like No Budget, No Pay. To arrange an interview with a No Labels co-founder, please contact Kelsey McLaughlin at email@example.com or (202) 588-1990. To learn more about No Labels, please visit www.NoLabels.org and follow along with the State of the Union using the hashtag #fixnotfight.