Who was naughty, who was nice in 2010?
Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 8:01 pm
The Press 12/30
The rapid pulse of the country in 2010 afforded very few slow news days. Body scans, tax cuts, deficits, immigration and elections kept the country on edge. In the holiday spirit, we comprised a Naughty and Nice list of this year’s newsmakers.
“Lumps of coal” were awarded to the naughty for their contribution to the growing anxiety of voters.
1. Senator Harry Reid: The Nevada Senator attempted to ram a wildly unpopular, pork-laden $1.1 trillion omnibus bill through the lame duck Congress.
Lumps of coal: 14.3: the percentage of unemployed in his home state of Nevada
2. Senator John McCain: After years of dithering on border security and even proposing an amnesty bill, Senator McCain is now turning tough on illegal immigration out of political expediency. Meanwhile a massive crime wave has swept through his state of Arizona and made Phoenix the kidnapping capitol of the country.
Lumps of coal: 267: the number of kidnappings in Arizona last year
3. Big Sis Janet Napolitano: In addition to being subjected to porn scans and molestations at airports, American citizens are now treated to Big Sis videos at checkout counters in stores such as Wal-Mart encouraging shoppers “If you see something, say something.”
Lumps of coal: 4: the constitutional amendment that prohibits illegal search and seizure.
4. Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn was for earmarks before he was against them. He recently slammed the omnibus bill Sen. Reid was attempting to ram through Congress, the very bill in which Senator Cornyn himself had requested $16 million in earmarks.
Lumps of coal: 228 (million): Senator Cornyn’s total earmarks in 2009.
5. Rep. Charles Rangel: After being censured in the House for a “pattern” of rule breaking, tax dodging, hiding assets and abusing his position to secure funds for a city college center named after him, the Congressman who writes US tax laws cited his service in the Korean War as part of his defense.
Lumps of coal: 11: the number of convictions Rangel received out of the 12 charges against him.
6. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Credited for losing the House in November, the former Speaker refused to step down and allow a fresh Democrat face fill the position of Minority Leader.
Lumps of coal: 63: the number of Democrat seats lost in the House in November.
7. National Public Radio: NPR abruptly fired Juan Williams for not towing the party line when he expressed nervousness about flying with Muslim passengers.
Lumps of coal: 2 (million): Williams received a $2 million contract with Fox News shortly after the termination.
8. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: In a letter to the insurance lobby, Sebelius threatened companies who blamed increased rates on the new health care reform law, saying “There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”
Lumps of coal: 222: the number of companies to date that have received waivers from the health care reform bill.
9. Judge Vicki Miles LaGrange: The Federal judge blocked certification of a state constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by voters in Oklahoma that prohibits state courts from considering Sharia or other international laws when handing down decisions.
Lumps of coal: 70: the percentage of Oklahomans who voted for the amendment.
10. Mayor Michael Bloomberg: After banning trans fats in the Big Apple, the mayor has found a new enemy: salt. His $370,000 taxpayer-paid ad campaign specifically targets soup this winter. A proposed state assembly bill bans salt altogether and imposes a $1,000 fine on restaurants that do not comply.
Lumps of coal: 2012: a number he seems preoccupied with.
1. Governor Jan Brewer: Brewer signed the Arizona immigration law that enforces existing federal law and stood firm despite personal attacks, boycotts and a suit by the federal government.
2. Governor Chris Christie: A frequent target of unions, Christie unapologetically instructed lawmakers in the state of New Jersey to do what most Americans are doing during these difficult times: tighten their belts.
3. Judge Henry Hudson: The federal judge in Virginia ruled parts of the unpopular health care reform law unconstitutional. Other states have similar suits pending.
4. John Tyner: An everyday American citizen turned John the Flyer, Tyner refused a full body scan before boarding a flight in San Diego and told a TSA agent “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.”
5. Governor-elect Nikki Haley: When Obama refused to consider opening the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility in which South Carolina invested over $1 billion, Haley asked the President for a refund. The Governor-elect also asked Obama if her state could opt out of the unpopular health care reform law.
6. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick: The Arizona Democrat introduced the Taking Responsibility for Congressional Pay Act which called for a 5 percent pay cut for members of Congress, the first cut since 1933.
7. The Los Angeles Times: Inquisitive LA Times writers exposed the egregious salaries of Bell, CA city employees, such as a city manager who earned $787,637.
8. Bikers in Northern California: After a 13 year old California boy was told he could not ride his bike to middle school each day with an American flag, hundreds of bikers, many of them veterans, escorted the boy to school.
• Fruit Cake:
* Congressman Anthony Wiener: Wiener’s rants on both the House floor and television has made out-going Rep. Alan Grayson look like Charles Dickens’ Tiny Tim.
• Ghost of Christmas Past:
* Former President George W. Bush: President Bush’s policies on taxes, Afghanistan and Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and wiretapping have all been kept in place by President Obama.
Go here http://voxverus.com/ to learn who won the Scrooge of the Year Award for 2010 and let us know if you agree.
Editor’s note: Brent Regan is the inventor and developer of “VoxVerus”, http://voxverus.com/, a social networking system designed to promote communication between voters and their elected officials.