Rep. Kevin McCarthy can be reached by email here.
During your decade-plus as representative of California’s 23rd district, you have managed to snivel and scratch your way to become House Majority Leader, not bad for a man who matriculated from CSU Bakersfield (Go Runners!) and was chairman of the California Young Republicans well into his 30s (“I keep getting older, they stay the same age.”)
Save for a power grab, you haven’t done much during your time in office. I mean, folks down at Luigi’s know who you are, but that’s about it. You go as does the latest generation of GOP which is a hapless and hopeless group hell bent on taking down democracy along with humankind as well as the planet we walk on.
If the options are you doing nothing or you undoing all you’re trying to undo, I would choose nothing. So thank you for being so largely ineffective.
Case in point: The single notable piece of legislature you authored, the ill-fated H.R. 1581 (which died in committee) was entitled the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act (is that full release?) of 2011. What a cluster that was. It was to release all wilderness study areas and roadless forest service areas administered and managed by the Bureau of Land Management from federal protection. You know, basically surrendering our public lands to the clutches of corporations for exploitation…great call.
It also attempted to undo the decades-old multiple use approach codified in the National Forest Management Act and Federal Land Policy and Management Act, where wilderness is balanced with other public uses. More than 4 million acres in California would have had their protections eliminated. Both the environmentalist and businesses communities joined forces in opposing this one.
So, to be clear, other than trying to turn nature over to the highest bidder…you’ve (again) accomplished nothing. Well, I take that back, you had an affair with one of your counterparts, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), which caused you to bow out of running for speaker of the House.
Way to dodge that bullet.
Speaking of bullets, I’m sure after you are voted out you may write another book someday. That first one you did called Young Guns with Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor and whatever ghostwriter you got off Craigslist (I’m assuming it was a reference to the Brat Pack western, not the Wham! song), is barely readable. Though you I’m sure you’ve already heard that from the staffer who read it for you.
Prior to having to stay in good standing with the regents at the Stockdale Country Club by booking all those speaking engagements in Lamont, Wasco and Arvin, I do hope you relish your remaining months as an elected official, because I personally, along with my family, friends and neighbors, will see to it that you are never elected to represent the public again.
This week, you voted to roll back the Affordable Care Act in favor of Trump Care, a half-baked bill that will cause tens of millions of Americans to lose health coverage or have to pay far higher insurance costs while at the same time weakening the fiscal stability of Medicare.
I would like to personally thank you and the 216 other GOP reps in the House who voted for corporations, for greed, for an authoritarian state that has surrendered any illusion of governance on behalf of the people today — you have made my job as a voter so clear, so easy. You have showed me beyond any reasonable doubt that the $174,000/year plus benefits (and doughnuts …more on that below) I pay for you to represent me is simply wasted. Nothing, and nobody — meaning nobody in your seat — would be a better alternative.
You voted for an unvetted healthcare solution that gives $600 billion in tax cuts to corporations and an additional $2.8 billion in breaks for America’s 400 richest families while the sick, the poor, the elderly and the children suffer. Whether it passes the Senate or no, you have directly voted against the interest of your constituents, singling out children and the elderly.
You have pointed your finger directly at a segment of the population that already struggles mightily and dashed any semblance of hope to lead healthy, productive lives.
I’m not sure what your strategy is, whether you’re greedy, ignorant, stupid or just plain evil but whatever it is your feckless abandonment of those you represent will not be forgotten.
Tens of millions of lives will be denigrated and/or lost because of your actions. Women, all women — more than half the population of your district — are now defined as being born with a congenital defect. Those who have been raped, have suffered from postpartum depression, had a cesarean section or who have survived domestic violence are all classified as having had a preexisting condition. Your vote will even make it possible for insurance companies to deny coverage for gynecological services and mammograms.
Hell, take them services away, all of them, you heartless goon. I mean, you do need your doughnuts after all.
Yes Kevin, your f*cking taxpayer-subsidized pastry habit cost the people in this country nearly $100,000 in 2012. “Even on his Facebook page, pictures of meetings with fruit, bagels, croissants and coffee,” a U.S. News report stated. “Grand total $95,000 and another $4,000 for bottled water.”
Welp, if you can’t get what you want done, you might as well sugar coat it and shove it down your own throat is what I like to say. Hope you’ve enjoyed that taste of sweet corruption for as long as you have.
Oh, and by the way, I’m not sure Young Guns was the right thing to name your rapey little white guy country club crony gang on Capitol Hill. You’ve seen how that movie ends, right?
P.S. – Great job exempting yourself from this shit sandwich you’re shoving down the collective throats of your citizenry.