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PYTHONS: Dicks’ time better spent elsewhere

Letter by Ora Clark, Federal Way on Jan. 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm with 10 Comments »
January 17, 2012 10:44 am

So Norm Dicks is leading the charge to ban pythons (TNT, 1-16).

I have a suggestion for the good congressman: Stop searching in the grass for something to occupy the time of Congress. Do lead the charge through the morass and swamps to bring the country to fiscal responsibility.

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  1. “Burmese pythons just cost taxpayers way too much money.”

    “As the snakes multiply and spread, Dicks says, the federal government must spend millions of dollars each year to try to control them. Moreover, he says, the giant, fast-growing snakes jeopardize public safety and threaten the government’s huge investment in restoring Florida’s Everglades.”

    Then, perhaps, the state of Florida, or a Florida congressperson should be leading the charge on this issue.

    Norm, we need you to concentrate on bringing home THE BACON to Washington state, not hunting down snakes in the glades!

  2. Dicks is top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.

    He has other obligations other than just bringing home the pork to his district.

  3. But, does he really need to lead the python issue in Florida? How about handing that off to some Floridian who really has a vested interest in that.

    How about Dicks appoint Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) and Allen West (R) to work on it together? That’d be a good team!

  4. SandHills says:

    It is the fat snakes in congress should be controlled, the biggest and fattest among them like Dicks should be the first to be removed. The shame is that Dicks, like his fellow elites in congress can only be removed at the ballot.

    So as long as Dicks’s constituancy are ignorant enough to believe snake control in Florida is something their representative in congress should address, well…

  5. ManuelMartini says:

    SandHills – can you enlighten us on what Dicks’ responsibilities are, aside from the direct representation of his district?

    For instance, should he spend his time on legislation to “reaffirm” that “In God We Trust” is the national motto? Maybe he can worry about requiring drug tests for everyone receiving unemployment benefits, as that would increase the cost of doing business for the government and require that they administer the program, thus growing government.

    Considering his legacy in terms of his service to the military and his continued re-election, dispite smear opposition, it would seem that a majority of his constituents are satisfied with his performance.

    I’m certain that the constituencies of Cantor want all of his work restricted to issues that affect his district only, Boehner should giver up the gavel to focus on his district and Ryan should forget the budget and just think about his home district.

    How could the constituents of those districts be so ignorant to allow their Congressional representatives to do work other than for home base?

  6. ManuelMartini says:

    Oh, now I get it.

    “The proposed rule is opposed by snake traders and some Republicans who say it’s anti-business.”

    The entire reason that the proposal even hit the media. Wanna bet the press release was written by a Republican staffer? Then it becomes the hit piece for the next 10 months.

  7. SandHills says:

    Manuel, well how congress wasn’t providing much oversight to banks, or wall street – or doing much about the illegal alien problem – are just a couple off the top of my head that Dicks and all members of congress should be a bit more responsible to the American public for than Florida snakes.

    But as I stated, it is up to the constituents who return time and time again a longterm congressional member who need to ask their own questions.

    But if you voted for Dicks and are satisfied – then that is your right, but leaves you in a very weak position to argue about any government shortfalls (especially if it involves any in congress who you don’t vote for or who is from the other party).

  8. ManuelMartini says:

    I don’t live in Dicks’ district. I got blessed with a freshman GOP congressperson who follows the GOP party line.

    Step back and take a long look at what is happening in the House of Representatives and then tell me that the GOP should be protecting the import of pythons as a “pro-business” position. Job creators, right?

    There is a very serious cost in policing the swamps of Florida when pet owners tire of their little darlings and they reproduce and threaten people, as well as the ecological balance. The State of Florida has got the federal government picking up the tab.

    Now how are we doing?

  9. ManuelMartini says:

    Oh, and I was under the impression that deportation was up since Obama took office. Did deportations decrease since the 2010 election?

  10. Michael001 says:

    I don’t think that it is a bad idea to stop import of some of the snakes as these snakes can be a danger to other species including human beings. There are lots venomous snakes in Florida and there is a need to keep the amount of these snakes to a certain level. Wanna know about different kinds of Florida snakes and there facts? visit floridasnakes.net.

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