This past Thursday, Representative Vicky Hartzler made stops around Missouri’s Fourth District in town hall/meet and greet events. The picture that emerges from this trip across MO 4 is not a particularly flattering one for the first term politician.
On April 5, Hartzler visited Warrensburg, Sedalia, Warsaw and Clinton. From 10:00 AM until 5 PM, the Representative gave us a clear picture of her agenda moving forward in her first term in Congress.
Her tour began in Warrensburg with a very particular tone and message. The police would maintain order if necessary. “Disruptions and rudeness will not be tolerated,” her Chief of Staff was reported to have remarked under a doomsday-style debt counter.
While in Warrensburg and to a small group, she went on to promote parts of her pro-corporate agenda, which includes:
Maintain and further lower taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
Cut social programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and food stamps.
Continue a crusade against rules and regulations that ‘restrict’ corporations and ‘job creators’.
Maintain historically high levels of defense spending.
In Sedalia, she repeated the same themes, from debt odometer and police presence to threats of China holding “29 % of US foreign debt” and warning of their “military buildup” to the imminent danger the Social Security Trust is in.
She promoted lowering the tax rates on corporations and the wealthy to 25%. To make up the difference in lost revenue, she supports a 10% tax on the rest of us.
In what quickly devolved into an intellectual downward spiral, Hartzler attempted to frighten the crowd with fears of Chinese spy technology. When it was correctly pointed out how much US technology is tied to Chinese factories (such as the notorious ties between Apple and the Chinese corporation, Fox Conn. Their ‘employees’ commit suicide in order to escape.), Hartzler said she would look into it and make sure it stopped immediately.
In the next breath she held China as the business model she hopes to see the US to aspire to. The way to compete with factories who can force people to view suicide as a reasonable escape is clear, according to Hartzler. Placate ‘job-creators’, deregulate and create a more “business-friendly” environment.
Ironically, Obama signed into law on the same day the JOBS Act, which effectively further deregulates the banking industry to a laughable extent exposing millions of Americans to financial ruin as the rules of Wall Street fall away, allowing them access to previously protected retirement funds, among other things.
Hartzler went on to profess her doubts about the President’s citizenship, as well, but minimized her own concerns, stating:
“I have doubts that it is really his real birth certificate, and I think a lot of Americans do, but they claim it is, so we are just going to go with that.”
Blind consent and claimed ignorance is a recurring theme with Hartzler.
Later, in Clinton, when asked about her vote on HR 347, which makes it a felony to protest anyone under Secret Service protection, Hartzler said:
(The excerpt below is from a two-part report from Michael Bersen and Show-Me Progress on Hartzler’s stop in Clinton)
Uh, that’s what, uh, everybody I talked to, uh, you know, has said before the vote. And then afterwards we had a lot of, you know, people have been saying this ’cause it’s been going around the Internet that it takes away your free speech rights, but I double checked with attorneys and, and legal experts and they tell me that’s not the case. Uh, like I said, there’s a lot of misinformation. But, trust me, if, if it turns out there is a problem with that, I mean, I’ll be the first to vote against. I did support it at the time. It was, like I said, not controversial. Nobody called. I mean, it was, everybody said, oh, it was a simple bill, fix a, a, oversight in the statutes, so. But, keep, keep, uh, keep me apprised. If you hear anything different, if there comes problems in the, if, you know, somebody gets arrested for protesting, using a free speech, let me know. ‘Cause we’ll, we’ll vote to try and change it if we need to. You bet. Thanks for bringing that up.
“…if, you know, somebody gets arrested for protesting, using free speech, let me know.”
“Cause we’ll vote to try and change it if we need to. You bet.”
Hartzler stands on the frontlines of the War on American’s Rights.
With votes in favor of the NDAA, which allows for the warrantless apprehension and detention of American citizens without charge or trial, and her aforementioned support of (HR 347) a law that now makes protesting against anyone with Secret Service protection a felony, Hartzler has declared a very distinct legislative path.
Vicky Hartzler, by virtue of her voting record, has declared war on the Constitutional Rights of the citizens of the United States and MO 4.
Her office has enforced the threats of her Chief of Staff, as they HAVE arrested those who seek a conversation. Dissent will not be tolerated. Vicky Hartzler does indeed practice as she preaches. She backs her extreme positions with the conviction of action.
Vigilant Vicky Hartzler marches in perfect goosestep to the drumbeat of her constituents, and with each passing day and each successive vote we are learning it is an agenda that has a shocking historic precedent.
We should have no fear however, as Hartzler’s faith is an “important part” of her life, as noted by the Daily Star Journal’s J.C. Ventimiglia in Warrensburg. (NPG, the corporation that owns the Daily Star Journal, offers no free content. As a result, I cannot include the rest of their coverage of the event.) Hartzler’s record reflects a somewhat questionable moral compass, however.
A click on Hartzler’s official website reveals much. Here, she uses a local problem in the Lake of the Ozarks area as an example of “government overreach” and a reason to use a manufactured crisis to do away with corporate rules. She also uses this site as a platform through which to impose a religious code on others in what appears to be a prolonged campaign designed to undo the separation of church and state. The latest front opened in this advance of religion through government is to claim a woman’s sovereign right to privately use birth control is somehow a violation of someone else’s religious freedom. In fact, it is an excuse to instead impose an employer’s religious view, through legislation designed to ‘protect religious freedom’, on their employees. Perhaps this is what Hartzler meant by making Missouri and our country more “business-friendly”.
To be fair to Hartzler, she was not alone in her rush to appease her benefactors. To add context, Hartzler’s march across MO 4 comes along with a meeting with leaders in Jefferson City on how to best “protect and promote” Missouri’s military bases in the face of potential downsizing. The best way to do that is to pass a rapid fire pro-corporate agenda that benefits companies such as Boeing. In the rush to sell out Missouri, we have Cushing, the precursor for Keystone, cutting across our state and employers who will soon be able to dictate your bedroom behavior to their liking.
The Missouri State Senate weighed in on the birth control issue last week. They decided an employer’s religious views supercede a woman’s right to choose how to treat her body, to say nothing of the disgusting intrusion of privacy this presents. They also passed pro-corporate legislation designed to put Missouri’s workers at the mercy of the corporations, all in an effort to ease the minds of “job creators”. They have repeatedly overturned the will of the people of this state in order to satisfy those who contribute most to their campaigns.
Here, in my county of Camden, the local political leadership, along with the local branch of the Missouri Ministry of Truth, Gatehouse Media’s Lake Sun, is attempting to assume their way to passing a measure that would subsidize a tax break for the big ticket purchases made by the wealthy. They are skillful in their sales pitch and their choice of language, as has been noted elsewhere in this blog, in attempting to tell a population whose median family income is $40,695 they must subsidize a tax break for the big ticket purchases of the wealthy, i.e. boats.
The people in this county are hurting financially and they would threaten us with cuts to our road service if we don’t accept the deal they are offering. In my community, we are already at the mercy of Big Oil every day, and a trip to Camdenton’s Wal-Mart tells you all you need to know about a corporation. The suddenly antiquated notion of customer service that built Sam Walton’s company is inconvenient and costs too much to keep up. Now, they hardly have any checkout lines open, forcing customers to wait in long lines. This produces better bottom lines and besides, where else are you going to go and what else are you going to do?
The media of the Ministry of Truth in MO 4 endorses it because it is in the best interest of their ownership to do so. There is a profit motivation to create an ignorant, uninformed population. The trip to Wal-Mart and to fill up says so.
The result of this philosophy has been Vicky Hartzler and her assault on our rights, the ultimate government overreach.