Democratic U.S. Rep. Eugene (Gene) Green of the 29th District in Texas (my district) shows his true colors - or lack thereof - in this revealing quote from the Wall Street Journal:
"There are a lot of things in the bill I need to have changed," said Rep. Gene Green (D., Texas). Mr. Green, whose district is home to the largest petrochemical complex in the world, wants Mr. Waxman to give some pollution permits to oil refiners for free. "If that's not in the bill, I can't vote for it."
He is talking about Waxman's "cap and trade" bill that is intended to bring the US into compliance with the Kyoto protocol by mid-century, basically a bill by which Congress attempts to dictate to private industrial companies how much they are allowed to produce.
Apparently, he has no problem with the oppressive essential nature of the bill and wants to vote for it. It's just that he thinks he will lose the support of the big oil companies in his district when he does.
Nice going, Mr. Green.
It is precisely politicians like that who need to be fired. They can never be trusted to vote within the limits of the Constitution. They vote with their own wallets - and they pay for the expensive laws they pass with yours.