We are seeing an interesting shakeout this Congress There is a new generation of leaders in Washington who, for the most part, do actually want to shrink government. This stands in contrast with the old school Republicans who really have very little interest in reining in Washington. In fact in most cases the latter group has NO interest in reining in Washington.
Heritage Action (and the Foundation) is doing excellent work.The big daddy of the conservative think tanks is holding GOP feet to the fire.
Matt Drudge voices the frustration of millions of people regularly, but particularly after the TPP vote.
A couple of weeks ago we reported that John Boehner was being backed by House Democrats in the face of a rumored leadership coup effort spurred by the libertarian/conservative coalition in the House GOP.
It’s easy to see why the Speaker gets support from the other side of the aisle. Mr. Boehner wants to spend a pile of money just like the Dem leadership before him. Sure the spending is more heavily weighted toward Republican friendly programs, but by and large with Boehner at the helm the taxpayer financed government train will roll on just just as it has.
Mr. Boehner has no intention of reducing the federal government footprint. Ever.
Making sure that Ex-Im is not reauthorized later this year is important. No one who believes in free enterprise should be for a bank funded and guaranteed by taxpayers which loans loans at below market rates for the benefit of a few large corporations. (Many of the “small businesses” the bank touts as clients are actually parts of larger corporations.) The Republicans in Congress who hold sway on this issue say that they are for free enterprise. We’ll see.
The Export Import Bank of the United States is a boondoggle and corporate welfare. Republicans in Congress need only to let it die a quiet death. Just don’t reauthorize the charter. Relatively simple and not messy.
Boehner has a pretty tough job. He is a Republican stuck in the 20th century trying to lead a caucus which is very much of the 21st Century. The Republican Party has changed. Many within its ranks are actually for smaller government and working within the parameters of the Constitution. They are not of the New Deal “consensus” of which Boehner is a vestige (if a Republican one).
Add a president who seems more than willing to push the envelope of executive power (to be kind) and one has to have some degree of pity for Boehner. Not much. But a bit.
Well Boehner won, but he knows there’s an asterisk next to his victory. It seems that those of us in the hinterlands have put the big guy on notice. Word is he’s unnerved by all the grass roots disaffection. Good, let him be unnerved. The only way we are ever going to put this house (pun) in order is by keeping the heat on these guys. Unrelenting heat.
Boehner quickly moved to punish those who voted against him, removing members from key committee posts. But the grass roots has roared and the Speaker is thinking twice.
Well Boehner’s Speaker again so what else should we expect? Same old same old. More subsidies. More sweetheart deals. More winks. More nods. More crony capitalism.
Don’t you just love the Republicans, that “party of small government”?
Opponents of Boehner for Speaker appear to be halfway there. But the vote is tomorrow.
Well, there are some logistical issues to deal with, but why not expose who’s calling Boehner’s tune so that the world can see?
In this blistering essay, James Lucas at The American Thinker says that it’s time to take on the Chamber of Commerce, an organization which he says has no interest in smaller government and little respect for voters.
Interesting bit of politics. The consternation is not driven as much by Elizabeth Warren as the article makes out. Opposition to CROMNIBUS for the most part is coming from the grass roots libertarian/conservative coalition in the provinces. Ms. Warren’s concern has however opened another front in the pre-Christmas lightning war on Capitol Hill and that is a good thing.
As time runs out on this Congress the rush is on to avoid another “government shutdown.” As such Democrats and Republicans alike see the current omnibus spending bill being crafted on the Hill (fear the omnibus) as an opportunity to get while the getting is good.