Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Cockfighting gets Green's juices flowing

You won't often hear me say this, but I am in agreement today with Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner.

Sensenbrenner and I think Congressman Mark Green's priorities are out of whack.

With all of the pressing issues facing Congress in the closing days of its session, Mark Green's top priority is -- a bill to ban cockfighting and dogfighting.

Green is ready to go to the mat with Sensenbrenner, and may ask the House to suspend the rules to take it up. AP reports:
In a statement, Sensenbrenner said he opposes animal fighting but that Congress should spend its remaining days on more important issues, such as border security, terrorist tribunals, and updating foreign intelligence surveillance laws.

"Trying to ram-through animal fighting legislation with these issues outstanding would win the prize for 'misplaced priorities,"' he said.
It's hard to argue with that, especially since cockfighting already is banned in every state except Louisiana and New Mexico. All 50 states ban dogfighting.

What is it about this issue that gets Green so worked up? It makes you wonder if there's an organization like the Anti-Cockfighting Political Action Committee pushing the bill, in addition to the Humane Society.

Has anyone ever seen a dogfight or cockfight in Wisconsin? Have you even heard about one?

This little dustup with the chairman is just the latest in along list of misplaced priorities for Green.

He's voted for Bush budgets with trillions of dollars in tax breaks for the richest Americans, and billions for big oil, taking the US from its biggest surplus to its deepest debt ever. At the same time, he's voted to cut vital programs that would help Wisconsin famililes -- student loans, health care for seniors, aid to farmers, veterans benefits. He's voted eight times against raising the minimum wage.

All in a day's work. Our man in Washington.

A dog-loving friend says there is dogfighting in Wisconsin. It's already illegal, however, just like gay marriage, so we probably don't need a federal law or a constitutional amendment.

UPDATE 2: Hulk Hogan's for the bill, even though it could end his career.

Almost forgot: On the state level, Green's top priority is trying to get kooky part-time lecturerer Kevin Barrett fired. Cheap thrills, and cheap headlines.


At 10:31 AM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

Nice Bill. Again your mistruth is laughable. 75% of the House members want this bill to come to a vote. This blows up your notion that Green is a RIGHT WING extremist. One more thing, the national debt is not the largest ever. The national debt is 3% of GDP. The smallest % ever in US history. What's your personnal income to debt ratio? By the way, did you give back your $600 refund check in 2001? Why not?

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Walton said...

75%? So then instead of being an extremist, you're saying Green is a lemming when it comes to do nothing legislation? Gee - that makes me feel so much more confident of his governing abilities.


At 12:45 PM, Blogger rdq said...

A federal law is necessary because current misdemeanor penalties are just a slap on the wrist for animal fighters who can make tends of thousands of dollars in a single night. It would also help law enforcement agencies enforce state laws and crack down on illegal gambling, drugs, assaults and murders that have occurred at animal fights.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Mike said...

You called it his top priority, do you have any documentation to prove it?

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Well, let's see. It is the final week of the session, there are thousands of bills stuck in committees, and this is the only bill I am aware of that Green is fighting to pull out of committee for floor action.

Do you know of others?

At 3:20 PM, Blogger dan said...

Where does the article say that Green is fighting to pull the bill out of committee for floor action? The article does name two others who are pressing the issue. Speaking of "others", is your political group the "others" that Maistelman indicates will provide coverage in the media for the partisan election board's decision?

At 3:37 PM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

Bill, now let's talk about Doyle's priorities. What's Doyle doing to stem recent job losses? What's he doing to reduce the state debt? What's Doyle been doing to enforce existing laws on illegal immigration? Answer - Nothing. At least Green is still doing is current job while Doyle's out rigging state election board votes by hiring an unregistered lobbiest, directing state lawyers to redefine the word "conversion". (Democrats like yourself have a habit of trying to redefine words in the dictionary)

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Sven said...

Where does the article say that Green is fighting to pull the bill out of committee for floor action?

Google is your friend:

Green, a candidate for governor from Green Bay, said he was "committed to trying to get this bill passed as soon as possible" and he already had spoken with House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader John Boehner about getting the bill onto the House floor.

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Mike said...

No I don't know of any other issues Green is focused on. And it is strange that he is focused on this on at this point in time. When I do something strange there is usually a women involved, my wife or my daughter. I am guessing that his wife and daughter are animal lovers and behind this. I do know one thing for sure, if your wife and daughter are happy, you are happy. Good night.


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