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There seems to be two Rep. Mike McIntyres. One is the conservative Blue Dog Democrat Mike who shows up when he needs the support of the people.
The other is the Liberal Mike who follows the lead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi when casting his votes in Congress.
On two separate occasions, Liberal Mike has voted, supposedly, to correct the rising cost of gas. The first time, he only addressed a very small part of the problem. He voted with the liberals to crack down on price gouging and fight against those who attempt to fix the price of oil.
Had Conservative Mike been in Washington the day of the vote, he would have realized the increase was due to lost or damaged refineries and the price of crude oil from OPEC, among other things.
Liberal Mike voted against allowing floor debate on H.R.5254, the Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act (Bill HR 5254 resolution H RES 842; Roll Call 2006-228 on June 7, 2006, that would expedite the permit process and allow more oil refineries therefore and lower the cost of fuel).
The second time Liberal Mike joined, lock step, with Pelosi to try and correct the high cost of gasoline, was to attack the big, bad oil companies for making too much money and receiving tax payer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief.
Now, who would have voted to give these mean nasty oil companies those tax breaks? You guessed it; it was Mike McIntyre (Energy Policy Act of 2004; Bill HR 4503 to authorize $25.7 billion tax break over a 10-year period.
The tax breaks include $11.9 billion to promote oil and gas production; Roll call 2004-241 on June 15, 2004. Also, HR.6; Roll call 2003-630 on Nov. 18, 2003).
Lately, Liberal Mike has voted to end the “Bush Tax Cuts” that Conservative Mike voted to pass.
It is seriously troubling these two people seem to occupy the same body. Mike’s actions are not conservative. In the 7th District, it is time to replace, “I can’t make up my mind Mike” with Will Breazeale, the real conservative in NC-7.