Alan Grayson: kickin’ ass and takin’ names

I’ve been meaning to pimp up newly minted U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) ever since I stumbled across his campaign website prior to the election. Dude seemed almost too good to be true, but so far he’s been nothing short of a champ. He campaigned on the basis of having successfully sued war profiteers (aka military contractors) for ripping off taxpayers and endangering troops (see link above). Upon taking office he hired lefty blogger Matt Stoller as a policy advisor and landed a seat on the House Financial Services Committee, a gig which has kept him busy ripping new ones into those involved in the bank bailout debacle, five minutes at a time.  I’ve assembled some choice videos.  Enjoy!

Feb 11, questioning Citigroup CEO, Vikram Pandit:

Here’s a link to the full exchange if you are so inclined.

Jan 13, Grayson’s first hearing, questioning Fed Vice Chair, Donald Kohn

That performance landed him an interview with my personal internet hero, Glenn Greenwald.

On the leader of the Republicker Party:

Rush Limbaugh is a has-been hypocrite loser, who craves attention. His right-wing lunacy sounds like Mikhail Gorbachev, extolling the virtues of communism. Limbaugh actually was more lucid when he was a drug addict. If America ever did 1% of what he wanted us to do, then we’d all need pain killers

May 5, questioning Inspector General of the Federal Reserve, Elizabeth Coleman:

Here’s the link to the Bloomberg report to which he’s referring above.

March 18, playing name and shame with AIG CEO, Edward Libby:

On the heels of that encounter, Grayson got his first bill passed in the House, the Grayson-Himes Pay for Performance Act, which would require all bonuses paid by bailed out firms to be performance-based, in opposition to the ongoing criminal enterprise that is AIG. If you have the stomach, here’s him matching wits with hyperventilating Fox “Business” shill, Neil Cavuto, regarding the bill:

On a side note, the spin and deceit on the part of these bankster apologists is truly breathtaking. When you see how far these “business analysts” go to protect their banker overlords’ millions, how can they have any credibility whatsoever? They are simply the PR wing of the finance industry. Disgusting.

Finally, just for the hell of it, here’s how the minority party characterizes a true progressive champion of the people:

  • Madman

    ‘The surface needs more than a scratch’ – too true…keep scratching Uila…these ‘small government’ assholes who privatize the profits and nationalize the losses are definitely the hypocrites of the decade.