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Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT): Leading by example


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The new freshman Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican from Utah, will forego the comforts of home while serving in the US House of Representatives. Rather than renting an apartment, he’s decided to sleep on a cot in his office to save money.

“I will save $1,500 a month doing this. I get paid a very handsome salary, no doubt about it, but you know, I’ve got expenses and a future for my kids and my family, too.”–US Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

In tough economic times, this is leadership by example!

Obama’s on television every day now, claiming that he and big government are our only hope for avoiding economic catastrophe.  He wants to spend our way out of this economic downturn with money we don’t have, money (plus interest) our children (and theirs, and theirs, …) will have to repay in the future.  He hopes his plan will trade our children’s future economic security for our ability to buy more big screen TV’s, high-priced video games, and $500 telephones.

Throughout American history, most generations strived to create a better future for their children, but Obama wants to sell our children into fiscal slavery so we can have our toys.

This is not to give Bush a pass.  Though I supported his tax cuts, I expected spending cuts that never materialized in his administration.  Government grew at an alarming rate under his leadership while the MSM and the left labeled him a radical right wing conservative.  Bush’s spending policies didn’t contain a hint of conservatism and that’s a large part of why we are where we are.

What we’re seeing now in Rep. Chaffetz, is an understanding that Republicans must return to true conservative principles if they want to regain the trust of their constituencies.  After the profligate spending of the past eight years, it’s going to take a lot to convince conservative Americans the GOP is once again on the right path.  This is an excellent start.

Chaffetz is sending a message that any real solution to America’s financial crisis is going to require sacrifice on all our parts.  That sacrifice is what Obama’s plan seeks to avoid in the short term while it pushes the trouble down the road for our children to suffer.

This problem was created by overspending.  Government, businesses, and ordinary Americans all had a hand in it.  It won’t be cured by even more, record breaking, overspending, but by a realignment of American priorities.  Wants and needs are two very different things, but in the last few years we’ve treated them as equivalent.  Americans must once again learn to recognize the difference.

Representative Chaffetz’s actions are showing us the way to truly recover from this crisis.  Hopefully we’ll learn the lesson.


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January 10, 2009 - Posted by | Conservatism | , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Rep. Chaffetz is to be commended, however, he is saving money for himself and family, not his constituents. When he and his colleagues cease to be obstructionists in the Congress and become non-partisan in the true literal sense of the word, then our problems can be solved. Otherwise, the Cantors and the Boehners et al of the Republican party will destroy any chance we have to rebuild our country.

    Comment by marty | January 10, 2009 | Reply

    • I agree that he’s to be commended, but respectfully disagree with the “obstructionist” tag.

      It seems when Democrats obstruct conservative legislation, they’re called “principled” by the left and the MSM. When the shoe is on the other foot, the Republicans are tagged with the “obstructionist” moniker.

      Comment by John Allison, III | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. What I’d like to know is who is paying for the extra water and supplies he uses. Can I get free room and board in the congressional chambers is I move to D.C.????? As much as our senators and representatives are OVER paid, if he can’t afford to pay for his own room and board he should go home to Uath!!!!!!!!!!!!! How is he saving the American Taxpayer anything???????????????

    Comment by JohnnyBee | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thank you John, you’ve just made my point.

    Comment by marty | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. Real fiscal conservatism.

    http://www.smellytourist.wordpress.com

    Comment by smellytourist | January 13, 2009 | Reply


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