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Rumor has it that I’ve been removed from the House Committee on the Budget. Remarkably, I still have not received a single call, e-mail, or text from Republican leadership confirming this story. In fact, I wouldn’t even have learned about it if not for the news reports. I look forward to hearing from my party’s leadership about why my principled, conservative voting record offends them. That’s sure to be a lively and entertaining conversation.
In the meantime, I can only speculate as to what specifically would make Republican leadership punish several of its party’s most principled members. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who was kicked off of both Budget and the Committee on Agriculture, voted with me against the 2013 House budget resolution because it does not sufficiently address the federal government’s debt crisis. That was one of only three times during this Congress that I voted against the Chairman’s recommendations in committee. In fact, I voted with the Republican Chairman more than 95% of the time, and I have voted with my party’s leadership more than three-quarters of the time on the House floor.
What message does leadership’s heavy-handedness send? It says that independent thinking won’t be tolerated, not even 5% of the time. It says that voting your conscience won’t be respected. It says that fulfilling your commitment to your constituents to work with both Republicans and Democrats to reduce our debt takes a back seat to the desires of corporate special interests. And, most troubling for our party, it says to the growing number of young believers in liberty that their views are not welcome here.
I’ll miss working with my colleagues on Budget. I don’t relish this situation, but if one thing is clear based on the response from the grassroots, it’s that leadership’s actions will backfire. If they think kicking me off of a committee will lead me to abandon my principles or stifle my bipartisan work toward a balanced budget, I have a message for them: You’re dead wrong.
not clinge to vestages of an old empire
some people think they have a monopoly on how the government should look, with a glossy revisionism of history to boot
Read up on Barry Goldwater and Goldwater conservatism. You will embarass yourself less in the future.
Originally posted by GreenGlassDoor
reply to post by ThirdEyeofHorus
So is that a "no?"
Considering you conjured up nonsense I'm guessing you don't have a rebuttal.
Or that the Bill of Rights only applied to the Federal government and not the states (see Baron v Baltimore)? You see, laying claim to wanting some kind of return to the principles of the Founding Fathers is intellectually dishonest. You could get away with wanting a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution, but you didn't. The same old 'we are the inheritors of the Founders' malarky.
Originally posted by eLPresidente
reply to post by GreenGlassDoor
The point isn't the figure that comes out of the budget in the end. The point is how the GOP establishment (establishment in general) claims to be one thing and acts like another.
The point is to expose liars and crooks.
Originally posted by macman
reply to post by eLPresidente
And that is why I am not republican.
They are eating their own, all in some vain attempt to get Liberals, Progressives and Moderates to 'like' them.