My Hero: Rep. Pete Stark of California
Pete Stark said today on the House floor:
"First of all, I'm just amazed they can't figure out, the Republicans are worried we can't pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don't care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where ya gonna get that money? You going to tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war? You don't have money to fund the war or children." [Hat tip to Atrios]
Read his bio at Wikipedia:
"Stark grew up as a Republican*, but his opposition to the Vietnam War led him to switch parties in the mid-1960s. [As CEO of Security National Bank, he] printed checks with peace signs on them, and placed a giant peace sign on the roof of his bank's headquarters."
There are only three decent people left in Congress: Pete Stark (b. 1937), John Conyers, Jr. (b. 1929) and Louise Slaughter (b. 1929). Significantly (and dramatically) all are of the Silent Generation.[Strauss and Howe]
*A Fiorello LaGuardia Republican, ok in my book.