Want to know how many times Pete Olson has has voted “Nay“? It’s actually easier to count the number of times he has voted “Yea.” And that would be 3 times, twice on the bill that allows loaded handguns in national parks, and once to block the release of federal dollars to fund economic recovery.
Every other time a vote has come up, Pete Olson, my congressman, has voted “Nay” or not bothered to cast a vote at all.
What is amazing to me is that Pete Olson enjoys a singular reality in being the one who represents Texas CD 22: he has the
Pete Olson represents NASA.
And you can believe that Olson makes a lot of hay out of that. No, he doesn’t get a lot of monetary support from NASA engineers. That honor still goes to the sunset industry known as oil and gas. But as the congressman who can rightly claim that he represents NASA engineers and technicians, he heaps upon himself the obligation to wax poetic over NASA in newspapers.
Here he is in the Chron early last month leading the charge to go back to the moon by 2020.
Here he is in the Washington Times, that well-known neocon rag, extolling Apollo 11’s example on the 40th anniversary of the first ever moon walk.
In the latter he says this:
“Following President Kennedy's stirring speech setting the goal to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth, billions of dollars were pledged and spent; technology that was not even invented at the time had to be perfected; and, sadly, lives were lost in our journey to the moon and back.”
And further on:
“I am greatly worried that the Apollo moon landings may have signaled the end of lunar exploration when they should have been the beginning. There is almost universal agreement how tragic it was that Apollo missions 18 through 20 were cut because of budget constraints. Yet each year, Congress seems to endorse those cuts through failure to fully fund the goals we set for NASA.”
Here we have, on the one hand, a congressman who seems to be supportive of government spending on a massive scale, on the scale that we spent in the 60’s to land a man on the moon by a drop dead date, and on the other hand, a congressman who “Just says no.”
Pete Olson voted “Nay” last February 25th for HR 1105, the House Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009.
Among other things, HR 1105 funded NASA to the tune of over $24 billion so it could stay in business until September of 2010.
And Pete Olson, who represents NASA, voted against it.
Pete Olson: all hat, no cattle.