Trout du Jour: Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-STOOPIT)
Virginia Foxx is CLUELESS about history
See her voting record on the issues. Oh, and let me not forget the "death panels" nuttery.
Virginia Foxx denounced the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill and in fact calling Matt's murder in terms of as it being a bias crime because he was gay "a hoax":
"I also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay. This -- the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills," said Foxx.See it here for yourself. Shepard's mother was present for her remarks on the floor that day and has responded to Foxx's remarks here. Foxx is no stranger to bigotry, as you can hear for yourself here.
Now she's slated to become the subcommittee Chairperson for the House Education and the Workforce Committee, even though her work as the president of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, N.C., and has a voting record against the best interests of education bills for student aid (More on that here):
12/08/2010 DREAM Act — NOThen we have the newest bit of fuckery from Foxx's incomprehensible exercises in neck-fart bloviating and fear-mongering to try and gin up the base's fears about issues and exploiting them for political gain. During the health care reform debates, Foxx went on the record with this gem: "I believe that the greatest fear that we all should have to our freedom comes from this room, this very room, and what may happen later this week in terms of a tax increase bill masquerading as a health care bill. I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country."
08/10/2010 Aid To States for Medicaid and Teacher Employment — NO
07/01/2010 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations — NO
03/25/2010 Health Care Reconciliation Act — NO
03/21/2010 Health Care Reconciliation Act — NO
09/17/2009 Student Aid Program Modifications — NO
So, adding insult to injury, she's weighed in on the murders in Tucson (emphasis mine):
"This guy appears to be a communist," Republican U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk told the Winston-Salem Journal. "His beliefs are the liberal of the liberals. There is no evidence whatsoever that this man was influenced by Sarah Palin or anybody in the Republican Party. This man is not a conservative; he's a fan of communism - that's the opposite of conservatism...Within two days of both the shooting and her comments, Foxx's spokesman says there’s no room for post-Tucson rhetoric like that (of Virginia Foxx), adding "It's premature to address any of the political and rhetorical debates."
"I don't think members of Congress incite that kind of rhetoric - I don't think the things we say incite that kind of behavior. And I don't know that the things other people say incite it. I just think we have deranged individuals in this country and occasionally they do bad things."
Unless of course you're aligned with the party most consistently guilty of employing such tactics - then it's apparently a fair call and you shouldn't be held to unfair scrutiny from those Marxist/Socialist/Communist/Goddless/Chr