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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's 2011 voting record. One of the worst in the Republican house!

The facts below are found on Heritage Action Scorecard, part of the Heritage Foundation.

With each vote cast in Congress, freedom either advances or recedes. Heritage Action's new legislative scorecard allows Americans to see whether their Members of Congress are fighting for freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society. The scorecard is comprehensive, covering the full spectrum of conservatism, and includes legislative action on issues both large and small.

Heritage Action's legislative scorecard isn't graded on a curve -- it is tough and we don't apologize. After all, we are conservatives, not tenured university professors. [From Heritage Action scorecard] see: http://heritageactionscorecard.com/score...

Rep. Jo Ann Emersons voting record that has earned her one of the lowest scores in the Republican House. She scored 48 out of 100. Only 10 House Republicans have a lower score!

Bill # hr1182-112 Emerson votes NO to stop bailouts to Fannie and Freddie Mack! GSE Bailout Elimination and Taxpayer Protection Act

End Taxpayer Bailouts of Fannie/Freddie: Legislation would end taxpayer funded bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and put both companies on the path towards privatization.

Bill # hr1167-112 Emerson votes NO to cap and reform welfare! Where does Emerson get all this money? From YOU and China!

Welfare Reform Act of 2011

Conservative Welfare Reform: Legislation would build on the successful reforms of 1996 and set a cap on total welfare spending.

Bill # hr750-112 Emerson votes NO to stop job killing global warming regulations!

Defending America's Affordable Energy and Jobs Act

Stop All Job-Killing Global Warming Regulations: Legislation would prevent job-killing global warming regulations via Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Bill # hr2514-112 Emerson votes NO to stop federal intrusion into education!


Empower States to Make Education Decisions: A-PLUS Act would allow states to opt out of the bureaucracy of No Child Left Behind and provide greater flexibility to make decisions.

Vote # h103-2011 Emerson votes NO to cut spending by 11% in Congress!

Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Reduce Congress' Spending by 11% and Other Cuts: Blackburn, R-Tenn., amendment that would reduce funding for the legislative branch by 11 percent and all other funding under the measure by 5.5 percent.

Vote # h143-2011 Emerson votes NO to cut spending to 2006 levels!

Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Reduce 2011 Federal Spending to 2006 Levels: Amendment would reduce 2011 discretionary spending to fiscal 2006 spending levels, with some exemptions.

Vote # h164-2011 Emerson voted YES to expand Obamacare! She said she wanted to repeal it, now she EXPANDS it?

Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act of 2011

Expand Obamacare Provision to Veterinarians: Legislation would expand a provision of Obamacare by making veterinary public health professionals eligible for public health workforce grants and loan repayment.

Vote # h179-2011 Emerson voted YES on ''Kick the Can'' spending! Keep throwing the money at our problems Jo Ann!

Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011

Temporary -- "Kick the Can" -- Spending Measure: Legislation provided for the continuing appropriations for the federal government through April 8, 2011 -- a short-term funding measure that "kicked the can down the road."

Vote # h275-2011 Emerson voted NO to balance the budget in 10 years!

Pass Alternate Conservative House Budget: Legislation - "Honest Solutions: Fiscal Year 2012 Budget" - would bring our country's federal budget deficit in balance in less than ten years.

Vote # h424-2011 Emerson voted NO about stopping wasteful Ag spending.

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012Cut $1.8 billion from Agriculture Appropriations: Chaffetz, R-Utah, amendment would cut $1.8 billion by reducing wasteful spending.

Vote # h538-2011 Emerson voted no to wasteful grants. When will the deficit spending stop?

Cut $3.25 billion from Energy Appropriations: McClintock, R-CA, amendment would reduce or eliminate funding for various programs for the Energy Department and independent agencies by $3.25 billion.

Vote # h633-2011 Emerson voted NO on cuts to depts of Interior and Environment. The Emerson plan? Keep spending your money!

Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012

Cut $3 billion from Interior Appropriations: Huelskamp, R-KS., amendment would decrease funding for various programs in the bill by $3 billion and transfer the money to the bill's spending reduction account.

Vote # h217-2011 Emerson votes YES for the UNIONS...again! Married to Democrat Union lobbyist husband Ronald C. Gladney!

FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act

Uphold Rules Change that Empowers Unions: Amendment would strike provision in FAA Reauthorization that overturns a National Mediation Board ruling that allows a minority (as opposed to a majority) of workers to create a union at airlines and railroads.

Our 15 year incumbent "conservative" Congresswoman...

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My guess is that the people that run the Heritage Foundation couldn't find the 8th District with a map and a compass. Here is what Ms Emerson does for our District. http://www.semissourian.com/story/179972...

-- Posted by poorbob on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 7:40 PM

Oh yeah, and Bob, she was endorsed in the last election by MO Right to Life, NFIB, and the NRA. They conservative enough for you????

-- Posted by poorbob on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 7:41 PM

So what I am hearing, Bob, is that if you are elected you will vote exactly how some angry stuffed shirt sitting in some ivory tower in Washington DC tells you to vote rather than listen to the people of the Eighth District of MISSOURI.

I don't put much faith in anyone's "voter scorecards." I can make up my own daggum mind, thank you very much. I don't know Heritage Action from my second cousin, and I don't care to let them decide what's best for me, either.

You can say what you want about Ms. Emerson, but she is thoughtful, and she doesn't let anyone push her around.

-- Posted by Dear Reader on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 9:12 PM

Sounds like JoAnn is being thoughtful and considerate, unlike the other boneheads in congress.

-- Posted by semohoot on Fri, Dec 30, 2011, at 8:02 AM

You're whacked out if you think Jo Ann is thoughtful. Her sole criterion for whether or not she votes for something is if it costs the taxpayer money. Not letting anyone tell you what to do is a terrible virtue for someone who is so consistently wrong.

She is the epitome of Washington. You can think what you want of her, but you can't like her and be any kind of conservative.

-- Posted by bearded_sage on Fri, Dec 30, 2011, at 8:27 AM

I have 2 questions for Mr Parker, this so-called conservative: Will he endorse and support the Republican nominee, even if its Mitt Romney? If he can support Romney, the father of Obamacare, then how can he be a true conservative? I assume, without knowing that he supports Ron Paul, the only true conservative in the race.

-- Posted by VIKED on Fri, Dec 30, 2011, at 10:48 AM

I guess Mr Parker is waiting for orders from the Heritage Foundation before he answers my simple questions. By the way, what is conservative about opposing funding for our troops?

-- Posted by VIKED on Fri, Dec 30, 2011, at 1:12 PM

Mrs. Emerson is masterful in directing redistributed wealth--you will recall that the federal government creates no true wealth--to those who will vote for her.

Remember what wise Gouverneur* Morris of PA said, while the Constitution was being framed: "Do not give the poor people the vote, for they will only sell it to the rich." Now "the rich" are the members of the federal government, who are purchasing the votes of the people who are tempted--isn't it evil for a government to tempt its people?--with redistributed money from OTHERS, or worse, with fresh fiat currency, printed from thin air. I have never heard Mrs. Emerson address anything as substantive as this issue, and Mr. Parker understands very well the horrible situation our land and people are in because of the unconstitutional spending.

*Not a typo. He served in the Revolutionary War, and was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention from PA.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 9:14 AM

You guys just can't debate the Emerson record can you? Looks like I am winning this debate. I can't wait until I debate Emerson. See how all your talking points fly with the voters?

If your best shot is will you support the nominee I think you are in big trouble...


-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 5:14 PM

Congresswoman Emerson can ONLY be defeated in the primary election. Do we want to take our district back? Then show up and VOTE in August! Make an informed vote, not just based on name recognition.

She is NOT Bill Emerson, nor does she stand for what Mr. Emerson stood for. She is Jo Ann Gladney, wife of a union lobbyist, and heavily funded by her husband's clients. She is far from conservative. Click the links and read the votes, which by the way, represents the VOTERS of the 8th District.

-- Posted by KiminyKricket on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 5:25 PM

So Jo Ann Emerson says one thing in Missouri and does something else in DC. My what a surprise. She is a big spending East Coast liberal.

-- Posted by Hominy on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 8:27 PM

Yes, poorbob, Emerson bringing home the bacon again! 802 million to re-build a structure that the corp blew up, and will probably have to blow up again at some time in the future. Would have been cheaper to re-build Cairo.

So, any of you Emerson supporters want to actually address some of those votes listed above, or what?

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 9:32 PM

In other words, Mr Parker will not directly respond to my questions about which Republican candidates for President he supports and is critical of Ms Emerson for supporting the funding of our troops. Thank you for your answers, Mr Parker, even if indirect and thereby deceitful.

-- Posted by VIKED on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 9:33 PM


When did it become necessary to take a litmus test about how you might cast your PRIVATE vote in a PRIVATE voting booth for a federal executive, when you are running for a federal legislative seat?

Do you support the union's card check schemes, which rob employees of their secret ballot in unionization deliberations?

If Ms. Emerson cares so deeply about our troops, why isn't she trying to get them out of the decade long quagmire in Afghanistan? I would think returning them home--rather than lining the pockets of a military contractor pushing the latest body armor--and sparing their lives and limbs would be true compassion for the troops.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 10:07 PM

Ahh, so Mr. Parker would follow national political party interests rather than Southeast Missouri interests as Mrs. Emerson has done for us. I imagine it takes tough skin to go against the party grain in D.C. and Emerson does it with grace.

-- Posted by t partier on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 10:14 PM

Bob's got a supporter on here that thinks Jo Ann getting money for the levee is a bad thing... hmmmm wonder how that will play with the voters of Mississippi and New Madrid County Bob. Or the rest of the district for that matter. And Bob, I thought she already answered you on the debates. Didn't sound to me like they were going to happen.

-- Posted by poorbob on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 10:17 PM

Why is Bob Parker so sensitive? We don't know him, yet he refuses to say whether he would support Romney if

nominated. We want to know how a man who didn't do anything to help any Republican in the last general election will handle that situation if nominated. We want to know why he opposes Jo Ann for supporting the funding of our troops. Is he too narrow-minded to support someone who does not have his fringe views? Doesn't he know that we don't support deceit and misdirection in the Eighth? You are running for high public office, Mr Parker. Deceit will not work. Answer our questions, please!

-- Posted by VIKED on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 5:22 AM

Jo Ann Emerson: 16 years in office, $16 trillion in debt.

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 7:26 AM

"Bob's got a supporter on here that thinks Jo Ann getting money for the levee is a bad thing... hmmmm wonder how that will play with the voters of Mississippi and New Madrid County Bob"

No, my point was that the levee shouldn't have been blown up in the first place. A simple survey could have shown if the height of the levee would endanger towns downriver when they built it the first time. Build it, blow it up, re-build it,, how many times are we going to go around this circle at the taxpayer's expense?

I'd be more concerned about how the voters in Mississippi and New Madrid counties appreciated their land being flooded and their homes destroyed with Emerson's approval. People in Cairo don't get to vote for her.

And I still haven't seen any of the Emerson people commenting on those votes listed above.

Also, I do not speak for Bob. My opinions are mine alone. That's why we need a debate, so the voters can find out the views of each candidate directly from the candidates.

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 9:54 AM

@lewis56usa- You may want to check your facts.

What you said-

"I'd be more concerned about how the voters in Mississippi and New Madrid counties appreciated their land being flooded and their homes destroyed with Emerson's approval."


"The levee was intentionally breached by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in three places under the assumption that flooding in nearby areas would be mitigated, AN ACTION THAT EMERSON OPPOSED."


Typical Bob Parker minion. How can you have a productive debate with someone who stands on nothing but lies?

-- Posted by t partier on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 12:34 PM


Since you seem to be so interested in the matter tell us if Jo Ann Emerson will support Mitt Romney if he becomes the Republican nominee. A simple yes or know will work.

And since you seem to be so interested in Parker's views on Obamacare we all know what Mrs. Emerson's were before her hypercritical flip flop on the issue. She publicly thanked President Obama for taking his leadership position on March 5, 2009. Don't believe me? Do the link.


-- Posted by Hominy on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 7:57 PM

Jo Ann has always supported the Republican nominee for President. MR Parker's history is to take his ball and go home if his preference does not win. Jo Ann always opposed the Obamacare bill. In March '09 a bill had not even been proposed..

-- Posted by VIKED on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 8:57 PM

Did Mrs. Emerson tell you how she voted in the last presidential election? How do you know who she supported? Do you believe in private ballots or not? Do you insist on a litmus test or not?

Which is more important: the party label, or the ideas? If a Republican believes in socialism, such as redistribution of wealth schemes, or in violations of the Constitution (? where is levee building listed in Article I, Section 8???), do you back them because of their party label? That doesn't seem to be working out very well, now, does it?

Liberty and the Constitution have received very rough treatment under Republican as well as Democrat management. Should this continue, as long as our "team" is winning? Do you realize that the U.S. Federal Reserve is bailing out the European Central Bank? (WSJ 12/28/11) The Fed is just fine, thank you very much, with many Republican candidates: in one debate many of them gave lip service to firing Ben Bernanke, but not to ending the fed. Do you want a "Republican" president who thinks we can let the banking cabal controlling the fiat currency?


-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 7:02 AM

Don't know how she voted, but she openly supported the Republican nominee. If you want the support of the Party, you should support its nominee. If that's a litmus test, so be it. Thanks. I think I have my answers on Mr Parker, even if he refuses to answer.

-- Posted by VIKED on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 7:44 AM

voted 'yes' on the 700 billion TARP bailout

voted 'yes' on 60 billion stimulus bill of '08

voted 'yes' on Cash for Clunkers, twice

voted 'yes' on GM and Chrysler bailouts

voted 'yes' on CAFTA

voted 'yes' on Trade Relations with China.

Voted 'yes' on embryonic stem cell research

Voted 'yes' on raising the debt limit

Voted 'no' on monitoring TARP funds.

Voted 'yes' on union pension fund bailout.

Voted 'yes' on HB 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act, which violates at least the 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments to the Constitution.

...and that's just the tip of the iceburg...

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 10:12 AM


So you support a litmus test for the federal legislature, revealing who they support for president. I would think that would greatly threaten the separation of powers. Didn't the founders think the executive, legislative, and judiciary should have their powers separated?

Consolidation of power is dangerous. Imagine a federal legislature bending to the will of the executive! We can see how that is working, when we study how many things the POTUS enacts with executive order, which effectively recreates the same situation.

Why won't Mrs. Emerson sign on, with 196 other Congressional co-sponsors, to the Audit the Fed bill? Why is she silent on this issue? Does she think we're stupid? Why won't she justify the secrecy at the Fed? Is she happy with the bailouts (with money we don't even have) of large domestic and foreign banks? Does she like the currency swaps between the Fed and the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan? Does she care about the admonition in Article I, Section 8, for Congress to "coin money and regulate the Value thereof?" This was not to be delegated away to an opaque, unaccountable, unelected, secret central bank. The Founders recognized that the people would be shackled to the medium of exchange, and that there must be representation in its valuation.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 11:04 AM

I support candidates that follow and support the U.S. Constitution. I think everyone should too. That would solve most of our problems. It is easy to tell the voting record of Rep. Emerson in no way bothers some people. That is a problem.

This is what I like about true constitutional conservatives, they vote on principal. Hard for many people to understand. I can come up with a list of Emerson votes as long as your leg that are un-constitutional or socialist and it doesn't matter.

I say to those that don't care about this record to continue to vote for Emerson or your favorite Democrat. I know I can't get all the votes, I just need to carve out 16% more of the primary vote to my side and we win. I predict if a poll were taken right now in the 8th district I would be within just a few points of Emerson or even better. I would call it 45% to 55% right now or close to it.

Emerson knows this, that is why she is attacking me and calling me a liar but refuses to say what I have lied about. This is a tactic used by people that are desperate and have nowhere else to go. I continue to expose her for what she is, a Republican in name only for the most part. A true conservative does NOT make these votes and people know it. I guess as long as she supports the nominee, that is fine with many?

The reason many people attack is they know I will come very close this time and it is within reason that I can beat Emerson in the primary. I predict I will and will work as hard as I can to make that happen.

No one has ever done what my supporters and I have done. No one has ever had this kind of support in the primary against Emerson and no one has ever run twice against Emerson. I just keep coming. I stay on facts and on the issues and that is what I will continue to do. I will continue to educate voters about the Emerson record and about my conservative/constitutional solutions. I am pro life, support the second amendment, support free market solutions, we must stop Obamacare, cut regulations, energy independence, fiscal responsibility, and a strong national defense.

We need a debate. Maybe we could debate the value of a debate that Emerson refuses to have?

Bob Parker


-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 12:06 PM

I now understand that MR Parker will only support those Republicans who have his precise views on the Constitution. I also understand that he would have voted against the appropriations Bill which currently funds our troops. Thanks for the clarifications, MR Parker.

-- Posted by VIKED on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 3:13 PM

Bob, if you're so pro-life why did Jo Ann get the Missouri Right to Life endorsement last time you ran against her? Also, if you're so pro-gun rights, why did she get the NRA endorsement? Also, there is a flier floating around that shows where you said that the Armored Personnel Carriers at DRS in West Plains were actually anti-riot tanks sent to the Ozarks to put down some sort of riot. Care to explain that? Seems like you were loose with the facts on that one.

-- Posted by Bruce1 on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 5:43 PM

One of the up hill battles for a newcomer challenging a 15 year incumbent is that he has no political voting record. But then that is the case with everyone in politics at one point. I would guess that Emerson did some sort of favor for the MO Right to Lifers for them to turn a blind eye on her 'yes' vote on stem cell research.

While she does have a pretty good record on gun rights, which is why I used to vote for her all the time, the NRA endorsement isn't what it used to be since LaPierre started actually writing gun control laws with the "veteran's disarmament" bill a few years back.

MS Emerson-Gladney, however, DOES have a voting record.

Portions of it are listed above.

My personal favorite is the $700 BILLION Banker Bailout of '08 which first made me realize what sort of person she really is.

A close second is the Trade Relations with China vote, which helped create the situation where my job got shipped to China.

What's your favorite?

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 7:21 PM

Oh, and Poorbob, these votes are also found at the Library of Congress.


Those librarians may need a map and compass to find the 8th district,(most easterners would), but it's a pretty safe bet they know how MS Emerson voted.

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 11:00 PM

Bob is not electable as the last election proved. Garner influence with Jo Ann or be left in the realm of irrelevency!! Enough said!!! Bob will not be able to raise near what he did last election and his voter percentage will be much smaller. Bob's ability to attack and antagonize his own potential voting base will be his ultimate downfall. It is sad that someone so passionate is so willing to run from years and years of conventional wisdom of how to win elections and think that he is smarter then all those that came before and thumb his nose at his potential supporters as if he is the first person to ever run an election. Sad sad sad!!!

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 12:20 AM


-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 2:22 AM

"Garner influence with Jo Ann."

What does that mean, really? Is it something to do with getting something from someone else, provided you exchange a vote for the incumbent?

Where, precisely, will this redistribution end? What happens when they come for you? Is it okay as long as you are a net "receiver", just as long as you're not a net "giver?"

Oops, Mrs. Emerson is the one to answer these questions. Wait, she's not going to! Guess I'm just out of luck.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 3:04 PM

Careful, GML. Apparently Jo Ann has been crowned Queen of the Bootheel,(even though her throne is in St. Louis) and we must all bow to Her RINO-ness or be forever banished to the realm of irrelevency.

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 7:38 PM

We are in trouble for 2012 who is the best for the job what a bunch to pick from, and a dip in there now.

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Thu, Jan 5, 2012, at 7:13 AM

National Right to Life and Missouri Right to Life sold us out by endorsing Emerson. They decided that they would "forgive" any vote over two years old. I told Pam Fichter, the head of Missouri Right to life that their endorsment is pretty much meaningless to me now. They follow the money. So much is corrupt anymore. If you like Jo Ann keep voting for her. If you like big government she is your gal.

Bob Parker

-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 3:57 PM

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