The NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) has launched a campaign against five Democratic representatives who proclaim themselves “Blue Dogs” (a label reserved for fiscally conservative Democrats) but vote consistently with their liberal left-wing colleagues in the US House.
So far, they’ve published five radio ads that dispel the myth that Marion Berry (D-AR), Charlie Melancon (D-LA), Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Zack Space (D-OH), and John Tanner (D-TN) are the least bit conservative with the national checkbook. You can listen to all five ads (and even download them) at the NRCC website.So, are these five as two-faced as the NRCC charges, or is this just a Republican attack on a soft spot in the Democrat’s armor? Let’s take a look at each of the five and see if we can answer this question.
I’ll start with Marion Berry, because he happens to be my representative in Congress. This page on Berry’s website will lead you to believe he stands for a balanced budget, is against excessive borrowing by the federal government, and fights against “reckless spending.” That certainly sounds like a fiscally conservative Democrat, but an inspection of Berry’s votes on the Bank Bailout, the Auto Industry Bailout, Obama’s $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and the latest Bloated Budget tells a different story. Berry voted for all of these, supporting all of those things a “Blue Dog” Democrat supposedly opposes.
Score one for the NRCC. Berry’s obviously conning his constituents with false claims of fiscal conservatism.
Here’s a video I made using the NRCC radio ad for audio. Anyone should feel free to use it so we can replace Berry with a true fiscal conservative.
Score: NRCC 1, Blue Dog Democrats 0.
We’ll focus on the same four bills as we examine the committment to fiscal responsibility of the other so-called Blue Dog Democrats targeted by the NRCC’s campaign. In each case we’ll give the point to the NRCC if the Congressman voted for 3 of the 4 bills in our examination, the Blue Dog Democrats will receive the point if they voted against 2 or more of these bills.
Congressman Zach Space of Ohio doesn’t have a stated position on the federal budget posted on his website, it doesn’t even appear on his Issues page. That’s our first hint that Rep. Space simply adopted the Blue Dog monikker solely to help him remain in office with a conservative constituency. As for our four bills, Space voted for all of them, for the Bank Bailout, for the Auto Industry Bailout, for the $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and for the Bloated Budget.
Video set to NRCC radio ad.
Score: NRCC 2, Blue Dog Democrats 0.
Next on our list is Charlie Melancon of Louisiana. Melancon’s website statement on Tax Relief and Fiscal Accountability doesn’t even hint at responsible spending. The entire statement is little more than a rant demanding the federal government take in enough money to support all the liberal social programs that drain Uncle Sam’s piggy bank and hamstring the economy. (This is already looking bad for the Blue Dogs.) A link on the same page takes you to this press release calling for reinstatement of the pay-as-you-go doctrine in Congress. Melancon is quoted pounding his chest as he boasts on his Blue Dog credentials. So let’s see how he voted on our four key bills–for the Bank Bailout, for the Auto Industry Bailout, for the $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and finally, for the Bloated Budget.
Score: NRCC 3, Blue Dog Democrats 0.
Next we’ll examine North Dakota Representative Earl Pomeroy’s fiscal conservatism credentials. His Issues page doesn’t contain a statement on the federal budget or federal spending either. (Must not be too important to him.) But here’s a press release he issued praising the Obama budget as a “welcome relief from the budgets of his predecessor.” (This stuff just keeps getting better.)
So how does Pomeroy stack up on our four key votes? For the Bank Bailout, for the Auto Industry Bailout, for the $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and for the Bloated Budget. So much for fiscal conservatism.
Score: NRCC 4, Blue Dog Democrats 0.
So the so-called Blue Dogs have one more hound in the game, one more chance to score a point in this contest. Let’s see if they can get on the board.
Our last contestant will be Representative John Tanner of Tennessee. His website doesn’t have a stand-alone Issues page, but this press release boasts of his contribution to introducing the aforementioned pay-as-you-go bill. I guess that’s a better start than we’ve seen out of the other four we already examined on their Blue Dog Credentials.
Now for the good part, the four key votes. For the Bank Bailout, for the Auto Industry Bailout, for the $787 billion Stimulus Spending Bill, and for the Bloated Budget. Geesh!
Final score: NRCC 5, Blue Dogs 0.
Not only did the so-called Blue Dogs lose each of these five matches, they never even scored a point! Every one of these self-proclaimed fiscally conservative Democrats has proven himself anything but remotely resembling a proponent of fiscal responsibility with these four votes!
I’ll use the NRCC radio ads to make videos for each of the other four falsely labeled Blue Dogs soon. Each time I finish one, I’ll update this post. Anyone who wants to see true fiscal conservatives replace these five is free to use the videos as they see fit. Let’s get the word out on these deceivers of their constituents and bring real fiscal conservatism to Washington in 2010.
Hat Tip: ARRA News Service
Sen. Cornyn: On 100th Day Of ‘Change,’ Democrats Pass Budget Resolution Saddling Nation With Unprecedented Spending, Taxes & Debt
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, issued the following statement regarding his opposition to final passage of the FY10 Budget Resolution, which passed the Senate this evening.
“It’s fitting that, on President Obama’s 100th day in office, Democrats would pass his $3.6 trillion budget that taxes, spends and borrows too much. Since his inauguration, Democrats have spent more than $12 billion a day. Their budget will only make the situation worse because it fails to help middle-class families and small businesses – the backbone of our economy. Democratic leaders rejected many bipartisan, common-sense efforts that would have kept taxes low, reduced wasteful spending and protected small businesses. Despite being approved by an overwhelmingly bipartisan group of 82 Senators, an amendment that I offered to protect small businesses from income tax increases was stripped out by Democrats in conference.
“Saddling our nation with more debt and setting unprecedented levels of government spending is not the best way forward for our economy. I could not support a budget that puts us on such a destructive path. Forcing a flawed budget through Congress with no Republican support is a far cry from the bipartisanship President Obama promised the American people.”
Background on Sen. Cornyn’s amendment
Point of Order against Tax Increases On Small Businesses.
• Sen. Cornyn’s amendment was accepted into the Senate version by a bipartisan vote of 82-16 but was stripped out by Democrat leaders in conference.
• The measure would make it more difficult for Congress to impose new and higher taxes on the American people, especially small businesses and middle-class families, by creating a point of order that would require 60 votes in the Senate to pass legislation that increases income taxes.
• The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has also voiced its support for Sen. Cornyn’s amendment, citing the need to keep individual tax rates low in order for small businesses to succeed.
Joining left-wing hack Janeane Garofalo, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowski, and the MSM in trashing the hundreds of thousands of us who participated in the Tea Parties, the Obamessiah implied Americans concerned over his tax and spend policies aren’t serious.
This arrogant, insolent Chicago shyster has his elitist nose so high in the air he just can’t believe anyone with a measurable IQ could disagree with him!
Well Mr. President, we are serious. We seriously believe you are burdening our children and grandchildren with a mountain of debt that will enslave them to supporting your bloated federal bureaucracy long after you’re gone. We seriously believe your apologizing to and embracing of ruthless dictators who consistently call for the destruction and demise of the US damages our national security and our world standing. We seriously believe the private sector can run corporations more efficiently than can the federal government.
We are serious Mr. President, but go ahead, continue to take us lightly.
Top Conservatives on Twitter is a rapidly growing tech-savvy grassroots movement whose members are connected on the social networking site Twitter. Though this group only sprang into existence following November’s elections, it already counts 2,145 members as of this writing.
Unlike some other conservative networks that were created in response to Democrats’ overwhelming victory last year, from the start #TCOT founder Michael P. Leahy and other early members of the group began to organize and implement action projects designed to advance conservative causes.
Today, one of those action projects, Operation Statement of Principles, has resulted in the release of #TCOT’s 4 C’s–the guiding principles of the group.
For a detailed explanation of each “C” click here.
If you agree with these 4 principles and would like to help in the fight to advance the conservative agenda, join us on #TCOT.
by Aaron Marks on NextGenGOP
It’s been a while since I’ve heard chatter on the blogosphere about building a Rightroots movement (I last commented on it at the end of October). However, over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a number of major developments that suggest we might be on the verge of establishing a true and effective Rightroots movement.
When John Hawkins wrote about this topic, he noted that (emphasis added):
One of the biggest problems online — and this extends outside of the blogosphere — is that there are far more liberals online than conservatives and they’re much more enthusiastic.
Because of that, huge websites that can drive a lot of traffic like Digg, Fark, and YouTube have come to be dominated by liberals, even though they aren’t liberal per se.