Alliance for Retired Americans Gives Critz 100% Rating, Altmire 70%

Alliance for Retired Americans Gives Critz 100% Rating, Altmire Receives 70%

Alliance of Retired Americans Pres. Jean Friday presents Rep. Mark Critz with 'Social Security and Medicare Hero' Award in 2011. On left is ARA member Ed Friday.

Posted on April 12, 2012 by #

The Alliance for Retired Americans has released their 2011 ratings based on 10 different votes.  While the numbers were released for the entire Pennsylvania delegation, it is particularly noteworthy to look at the numbers for Congressmen Jason Altmire and Mark Critz who were gerrymandered into the same district by Republicans.

The numbers matter not just as a means for comparison, but because both candidates have been trying to appeal to the senior citizen vote and each is trying to paint themselves as the stronger advocate for retired pensioners.

Back in March, Altmire released an attack ad stating that “Mark Critz and I agree on many things but there are some big differences between us.  Mark Critz … didn’t vote against the Tea Party budget that would dismantle Medicare and gut Social Security.”

We described that ad as a “Pants on Fire” distortion.

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White House and Mortgage Fraud: All Talk, No Action

The White House and Mortgage Fraud: So Far It’s All Talk, No Action

By Richard (RJ) Eskow

April 18, 2012 – 2:30pm ET

The Obama Administration worked for months on a deal that would have let America’s biggest banks off the hook for a crime wave of runaway mortgage fraud. All they had to do in return was pledge a negligible sum of money, to be paid by their shareholders and not themselves, and which they would dispense themselves. In return, crooked bankers received immunity from prosecution – and even from investigation.

After the deal came under attack from a number of its allies, the Administration settled with the banks anyway. But it promised millions of wronged homeowners – and the nation as a whole – that it would move “aggressively” to investigate criminal misdeeds and prosecute bankers and anyone else who broke the law.

That was then, this is now. Two and half months later the Administration hasn’t even started to take the inadequate steps it promised it would take. The clock is running out on the statute of limitations and there’s no sign that the Administration has lifted a finger to investigate criminal bankers.

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