Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Finally Some Spending Cutting Congressmen to Praise
Robert Novak reports on some spending cutters...
Shutting Down the Senate's Favor Factory
While House Republicans reacted to stinging rejection from America's voters by refusing to change leadership, their Senate counterparts have tried to use their closing weeks in power to enact a last burst of pork-barrel spending. But that effort was stalled last week by independent-minded Republican senators, spearheaded by two abrasive freshmen and one longtime hairshirt. Before Congress recessed Friday for Thanksgiving, the GOP leadership appeared to capitulate.
The freshmen, Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint, campaigning in 2004 in Oklahoma and South Carolina, promised not to fall in line with GOP leaders. Fulfilling that pledge allied them with the long-termer John McCain. They have been backed by Jeff Sessions of Alabama and another freshman, John Sununu of New Hampshire. In the lame-duck session's first week, they played Horatio at the Bridge by combining to block a pork-filled omnibus spending bill.
FINALLY, some cut spending Republicans to praise!
Now, let's hope they aren't just creating a lame-duck stunt to shove the spending bills into the next congress so that it will merely be the Democratic controlled Congress that gets blamed for their passage. Let's hope this is not just cynical politicking but is REAL fiscal responsibility being pushed by these Representatives.