HIGGINS IS A TOOL
New Representative Jettisons Principles in Record Time
through the Buffalo News on Sunday I noticed a report about
how our local representatives voted recently in Congress. I
knew some Democrats had voted for the notoriously bad Bankruptcy
Bill (pretty much the same one Bill Clinton vetoed), so I looked
to see if any of the traitors were from around here. To my astonishment,
Brian Higgins was listed as having voted with the Republicans.
is a bill dedicated to giving aid and comfort to the credit
card and banking industry at the expense of the ordinary person,
who may have fallen seriously into debt because of catastrophic
illness or an extended reserve deployment in the military.
The only kinds of Democrats that vote for this sort of bill
are phony androids like Joe Lieberman. I couldnít believe
Higgins would do such a thing.
initial thought was that it might have been a misprint, so
I looked up the Congressional roll call on the official website.
There was no mistake; he actually voted that way. This is
horrible, I thought. How could he sell out the people that
elected him so soon? Did it take only three months for Brian
to turn from being a man of the people to being a bought-and-paid
for political hack? Brian was supposed to be a guy we could
count on in Washington to put the interests of the voter ahead
of the special interests. What happened?
was sure there was an explanation. Maybe he made a mistake
in casting his vote. Heís a rookie, for Christís sake! Maybe
the sun got in his eyes and he pushed the wrong button.
I figured Iíd better call his office and try to get to the
bottom of this.
looked up Congressman Higginsí official website and got
the local number. It was Sunday evening, so I figured I
would call and leave a message. To my surprise, a woman
answered the phone. I told her who I was, that I was with
a Buffalo paper called The Beast, and that our readers
and I wanted to know how the Congressman could have voted
for this horrible bill. "How," I asked "could
he vote for a bill that was so blatantly directed at hurting
the little guy and protecting the financial interests of
the banking industry and wealthy investors? What happened
to the man of the people shtick?" The woman on the
phone became a little indignant, saying, "itís no shtick;
Iím one of his aides and Iím here working hard on a Sunday
night. That should tell you something, that he has aides
working so hard."
I thought was that this stupid aide had a boss that takes
her away from her family on Sunday night, but I said, "OK,
maybe itís not a shtick, but this bill is awful. I would
like someone to explain how he could do this." She
took my information and said she would pass it along to
the "appropriate person."
Monday morning I was anxious to hear from Higginsí office,
but as noon approached I had not heard anything from them.
The woman I spoke to Sunday said Higgins would be in Washington
on Monday, so I called his Washington office. I was connected
to one of his aides, some public relations type by the name
of Suzanne Anziska. I told her who I was and why I was calling
and she promised to get back to me.
morning I received the following email from Suzanne:
Higgins voted for bankruptcy reform that will better protect
the vast majority of our nationís families by fairly holding
men and women accountable for the debts they are legitimately
able to pay, promoting financial literacy, closing loopholes
enabling homestead provision abuse, and imposing new transparency
requirements on credit card companies. This legislation
represents years of fair and bipartisan negotiation, and
will ensure that the our nationís debtors are not penalized
by the few who manipulate the system for their own personal
a load of shit. I really donít know what I was expecting
to get from his office. I was hoping to speak to the Congressman
or at least get some press release they had worked up to
answer questions about this bill, like they thought about
it before the vote was cast. I did not expect to get what
I got, some aide regurgitating a paragraph of lies and meaningless
rhetoric that equates to squirting some whipped cream on
a dog turd instead of scooping the damn thing.
Higgins was going to screw the public for his own gain,
he should at least have the decency to be honest about it.
He should have had his aide tell the truth; at least I would
have respected that on some level. Hereís how that email
should have read:
Higgins voted for bankruptcy reform that will better protect
his seat in Congress by insuring that the banking industry
will aid him in filling his campaign coffers with money
just as they have done with so many Senators and Congressmen
for so very long. The industry is the number one giver of
aid when it comes to campaign contributions, and Congressman
Higgins doesnít want to miss out on that.
Congressman realizes that the vast majority of our nationís
families are deep in debt and even allowing a small portion
of them off the hook would deprive the hugely profitable
credit card industry from getting every last dime it can
out of you suckers.
bill helps the credit car industry in promoting financial
literacy because when you are a slave to the credit card
company you have been taught a very important lesson,
which is that your life means nothing.
could have closed loopholes to prevent the ultra-rich
from abusing the Homestead Provision to protect their
multi-million dollar homes, or prevented them from setting
up expensive asset protection trusts, but we didnít, because
rich people wouldnít like that. Instead, we made it harder
for senior citizens living on a fixed income to protect
their homes when faced with crushing debt.
allowing credit card companies to say they are explaining
the way your balance grows exponentially on your statement,
it will make it easier for them to just hang up on you
when you call asking why you keep paying but your balance
never seems to go down.
legislation took the credit card companies a lot of time
and money to write, and if we didnít pass it then we might
have to write our own bills. That would require learning
about issues and doing work thereby depriving us of sufficient
time for fundraising, campaigning, and golf.
bill will ensure that the our nationís creditors are not
penalized by the few who manipulate the system for their
own personal gain, because thatís what credit card companies
do and it was their idea first.
guess its no big news flash to find out Brian Higgins is
just another lying politician. We knew that his years in
Albany had exposed him to the virus of political prostitution,
but when we found out he sided with the credit card bastards,
we were just caught a little off guard by the speed at which
Higgins had dropped to his knees and started sucking once
he got to Washington. Itís astonishing really; the man is
course, Higgins has to run again next year, and then weíll
have the lovely choice of voting him out of office in favor
of an even worse Republican whore, and this time it will
probably be the intolerably dim-witted Jim Kelly. You know
Republicans love dipshit sports stars, and they certainly
have been grooming Kelly for something. You saw him at the
Republican National Convention, acting like the choke-happy
douchebag he is. Heís their dream candidate: Bushonian intellect,
great name recognition and all he has to do is talk about
the Bills, throw in a few sports metaphors and nobody will
bother him about anything like issues.
what did we expect from Higgins? Nothing, really. Heís just
another bit player in the farce called American democracy.
The system is not functioning, and too many are unable or
unwilling to see that the people in office are tools, and
whether a tool is a Democrat or a Republican is largely