Wally Whirled

Over at the Big Orange, smileycreek asked me if I ever made posters for political campaigns and asked specifically about her congresscritter, Wally Herger.  I didn’t recognize the name until I googled.  Of course, I remembered Ol’ Wally when I read this at the Mt. Shasta News (August 21, 2009):

Redding, Calif. —

Republican Congressman Wally Herger held a health care town hall meeting Aug. 18 at Simpson University in Redding, where a partisan crowd of over 2,000 people loudly cheered Herger’s position that a public option was “unacceptable.”
Although Herger called several times for the audience to “respect each other’s opinions,” those opposed to president Obama’s health care were greeted with cheers while the few in favor were interrupted with catcalls.

…snip…

“Our democracy has never been threatened as much as it is today,” Herger said to a loud standing ovation.

…snip…

One speaker said he could trace his ancestors back to the Mayflower and said “they did not arrive holding their hands out for help.”
“I am a proud right wing terrorist,” he declared to cheers.
Herger praised the man’s attitude.
“Amen, God bless you,” Herger said with a broad smile. “There is a great American.”

You remember Ol’ Wally now, too, dontcha, kids?

According to wiki:

The audience member clarified that he meant to say “right wing extremist”

That makes it so much better, doesn’t it?  Anyhoo, that’s all I needed to want to make a poster about Ol’ Wally.

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Here’s a little update on what’s going on with Ol’ Wally, from the Redding Record-Searchlight:

U.S. Rep. Wally Herger hasn’t felt the financial sting of the Great Recession like many of his constituents.

Although the value of the 65-year-old Chico Republican’s assets took a dip during the financial plunge, he has more assets now than he did in 2004.

According to 2009 financial disclosure statements analyzed by the Record Searchlight, Herger reported between $3 million and $12.1 million of assets.

That’s at least $1 million more than what he reported five years earlier.

…snip…

To Herger’s Republican base, the wealth is a sign of a man who practices the free enterprise that he preaches, and who understands business. To Democrats, it’s evidence that he’s out of touch.

…snip…

Herger’s family ranch in Rio Oso is valued between $1 million and $5 million. The rental income earned off the ranch was reported at between $50,001 and $100,000. Aside from his family propane business and his real estate holdings, Herger also has between $500,001 and $1 million invested in an annual annuity, from which he collected no income in 2009, according to his financial statements.

The Center for Responsive Politics ranked Herger in 2008 as the 41st-wealthiest member of the House of Representatives. The center hasn’t yet tallied the rankings for 2009.

Herger was unavailable to comment Friday. But spokesman Matt Lavoie said that Herger’s assets are made up primarily of his family’s ranch land and a propane business, which have been in his family for three generations.

As a successful small-business owner, Herger particularly understands the challenges his overtaxed constituents face as they try to build their own businesses and create much-needed jobs in the faltering economy, Lavoie said.

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Many of Herger’s constituents have found their fortunes shrinking as the recession wears on.

In Shasta County, the unemployment rate in May was 15.4 percent, the highest for that month since 1990.

Adjusted for inflation, the U.S. Census Bureau reports the average income in the 2nd Congressional District was around $22,876 in 2008. The same year, Shasta County’s year-over-year income growth was the lowest it had been in a decade, according to federal income figures.

Herger is running for his 13th term in office, after having served 23 years in Congress. He’ll face off in November in the overwhelmingly Republican district against Democrat Jim Reed.

Herger’s Democrat critics suggested his wealth puts him out of touch with the needs of his constituents.

“He started out saying he was this poor, little farmer,” said Ann Nelson, a member of the Shasta County Democratic Central Committee.

Reed, a lawyer who in 2008 ran an unsuccessful campaign for Shasta County Superior Court judge, would say only that his assets total less than $1 million.

“I’m not in the same ballpark” as Herger, he said, “Let’s put it that way.”

…snip…

“Maybe because [Herger] isn’t feeling the pain or it’s because he’s tired or he’s getting old or lazy or whatever it is … but he’s not working hard to bring money into his district like he should be,” Reed said.

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18 responses to “Wally Whirled

  1. dusty

    Wally’s mom must be so proud of the douche nozzle she gave birth to. Some creatures eat their young and sadly Wally was not in one of those groups.

  2. jeb

    He’s an extra-crispy right-winger.

    So, as we’ve always suspected, it’s only terrorism if your not a white christian?

  3. Smileycreek

    Great work, Nonnie…..thank you so much!

    I’ll be using your poster in my fund raising diary for Jim Reed, who is genuinely a good guy and even came on the Great Orange Satan to post a diary and answer questions. Gotta admire a candidate who will do that!

  4. writechic

    Great title! Great poster! You have a gift, Nonnie. So many schmucks. So little time.

    (I thought sure I’d come here and we’d have done the same topic as me…my title tonight felt Nonni-rriffic. :-D )

    • thanks, melissa. i don’t think the title really makes much sense, but it made me giggle, so i went with it.

      i didn’t even have a movie in mind until i read smileycreek’s comment to me yesterday afternoon. i thought i would just try banging something out in a hurry, but it wound up taking me a few hours, so i figured i’d give myself a little break and just use it as the post over here.

      i was just over at your place. you know, if you linked over there, the raisinettes could click on over. geez, i have to do everything around here.

      • writechic

        Made sense to me…he’s dizzy on the koolaid. :lol:

        See how I’m like a Republican and make you do the work. You’re lucky I didn’t kick your terrorist babies from yesterday, feed them deregulated baby formula or something. :twisted:

        • dizzy on the koolaid…yeah, that was what was behind my brilliant title, but i wanted to see if anyone else would get it. :wink:

          don’t hurt the little terrorist babies! :shock: there’s still time to turn them around. we’ll teach them how to read and think for themselves and be good people.

  5. Herger is Bachmann in 20 years, if she doesn’t get elected to a higher office (shudders) or is voted out. Let’s hope for voted out.

    • there’s no way batshit bachmann will ever be elected to a higher office. people in her district may be nuts, but she’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone outside the miasma created by those tea fumes to vote for her.

  6. The most outstanding features of Redding are extreme heat in summertime and the highest concentration of convicted child molesters in the state. What a place to live.

  7. Uh yeah I’d like to join y’all in beating Wally, too.
    Can I use my stainless steel vuvuzela?

  8. jacksmith

    I’M PROUD OF YOU LABOR!. Keep standing up. The lives and health of all the American people and the World are in serious jeopardy.

    Further, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.

    It’s over. Tell congress to get the healthcare Merchants of death and injury out of the American peoples lives for good. 2010 is about THE PUBLIC OPTION!

    And that CORRUPT! UNDEMOCRATIC! filibuster must GO! NOW!

    Alan Grayson Honors The Dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV9TRoYMtjs

    Alan Grayson on Healthcare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPpQ2MNaSDo&feature=player_embedded

    Ron Sparks HealthCareReform http://youtu.be/kqlBFRJh4Cw

    John Garamendi – The Public Option http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyBTEke68aQ&feature=player_embedded

    I want to commend all of you for working so hard and being so strong at helping the whitehouse and congress begin to address our U.S. and Global healthcare crisis. You have been AWESOME! my fellow Americans and peoples of the World. America and the World is better and safer for it. My greatest pride is the knowledge that I am one of you. And that you really get it. You really understand the importance of it all.

    There are some potentially very good things in the healthcare legislation. Especially with the reconciliation fix’s. The Democrats, Bernie Sanders and the Whitehouse did a GREAT! job of fighting to produce the best healthcare legislation that they could. They have earned all our strong support. And we should give it to them.

    But it was your relentless pressure and hard work that made the difference. Whatever good comes from this healthcare legislation, America and the peoples of the World will have each of you to thank. You were smart, creative, courageous and relentless. You fought together for the best legislation possible. And when you had to, you fought alone. No matter who stumbled and fell you continued to push and forge ahead. Fighting for the lives and health of the American people and the World. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR-SELVES :-)

    It may come to pass that future generations will look back on us and say that we were ALL Americas Greatest Generations. And that healthcare reform was our finest hour. You should be proud of our leaders President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and the many other Democratic and independent fighters for the people in congress. They proved them-self worthy of the leadership of a GREAT! PEOPLE.

    But we are not done yet. This was just the beginning of healthcare reform, not the end. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, ARE NOT! divided on healthcare legislation. The vast majority of you have been consistently crystal clear that this legislation does not go far enough. You want a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE!! available to everyone on day one. And you want it NOW!

    YOU MUST NOT ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO STAND WITHOUT A STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

    WE THE PEOPLE have been crystal clear that we want an end to dependence on for-profit healthcare and the for-profit proxies called private for non-profit healthcare. The American people want the CHOICE! of a strong Government-run Public Option to replace their need or dependence on healthcare providers whose primary motivation is profit. Rather than providing the highest quality, easiest accessible and most affordable medically necessary healthcare possible. This is what the rest of the developed World has. And the American people want it too. They want healthcare ASSURANCE! Not, for-profit health insurance. And they want it NOW!

    Now is the time to continue the push for a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone that wants it on day one. Rationally it’s clear what we have to do to get this done. SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATS that supported you with a Public Option choice, and REMOVE as many republicans as you can. Not one republican in congress was willing to step across the isle to support a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE!! available to everyone on day one. NOT ONE! Let no candidate prevail this November that does not support a Strong Government-run Public Option.

    47,000 AMERICANS die each year from lack of healthcare. 120,000 die from treatable illness that don’t die in other developed countries. Hundreds of thousands of you are dieing from medical accidents in a rush to profit. And Millions of you are injured. Millions more are driven into bankruptcy. All for the privilege of paying two to three times as much as any other people in the developed world for healthcare. HOGWASH!

    Additionally, tens of thousands of you and your children were killed and millions sickened and injured from a terror attack with H1N1 (swine flu). Released on the American people and the World by the for-profit healthcare industry. All in an attempt to panic and frighten you into accepting the oxymoronic criminal enterprise of private for-profit healthcare (The most costly, deadly, dangerous, and disgraceful product sold in America). H1N1 is still sickening people and killing them. Especially children, the young and the middle aged. And there will be a third wave. These are the terrorist you need to worry about the most. Even the so-called international terrorist would not do something so INSANE! But greed driven medical profiteers would and did.

    Apparently as far as republicans in GOVERNMENT are concerned, YOU! my fellow Americans – CAN JUST DROP DEAD! Including their own family members. Fools!… Hundreds of thousands of you, and possibly millions of you will die from the long-term effects of your infection and poisoning with H1N1.

    So my fellow Human Beings. Rest-up, Take good care of the basics (Balanced nutrition, hydration, exercise, rest and POSITIVE emotional supports). Then wade back into the FIGHT! for a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. Drug re-importation, Abolishment or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. You must take back control of your healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. You MUST do it NOW! This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings. I’m glad to know of you. And proud to be one of you.

    See you on the battle field.

    Sincerely

    jacksmith – WorkingClass :-)

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