In my previous post, I discussed the South Carolina delegation to D.C., and how they voted on the 3-week continuing resolution (H. J. Res. 48). I noticed that two of five votes against the resolution were endorsed by the Independence Caucus, or iCaucus, when they were candidates. This got me curious so I checked a list of iCaucus endorsees against the roll call votes (here and here), and found that seven iCaucus-endorsed representatives and senators broke with Republican leadership and voted “no” on the latest CR. Those seven are:
This past week another continuing resolution was passed, providing funds for the (non-essential functions of the) federal government to keep operating for three more weeks. The Republican leadership is proud of the fact that it included $6 billion in budget cuts. Granted, if you extend this over a 52 week period, it would be more than the $100 billion they promised to cut in the first year’s budget. A hundred billion dollars sounds great, but there is reality to consider. Continue reading “To Continue or Not to Continue . . . That Is the Question.”→
Jeff Duncan, candidate for U.S. Congress from South Carolina’s 3rd district, has been racking up endorsements on a regular basis lately. Just in the last couple months, the list includes South Carolina state Senator Shane Massey, who at one point was an opponent in this primary; the well-known Erick Erickson of RedState.com; former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN); two conservative advocacy groups, Conservatives of America and Club for Growth; as well as the Independence Caucus, a very conservative group dedicated to putting constitutionally-minded candidates into Congress. Some quotes:
First, Somali pirates attacked the U.S. Navy. Yep–you read that right. If you hadn’t already heard about that, you are saying “no way!” But I kid you not. Pirates a couple hundred miles off the Seychelles islands fired on a guided-missile frigate. As you might expect, things went downhill for them. The Navy sunk the small skiff the pirates were using to approach the frigate, seized their mother ship, and captured five of the pirates.
Second, a member of Congress (yes, that auspicious group) was grilling an admiral on the planned relocation of several thousand marines to the island of Guam. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) actually said that due to the small size of the island, he feared Guam would “tip over and capsize.” It’s hard to believe this man is actually voting on issues of national importance. It’s also hard to believe the admiral kept his composure. I think I would have just burst out laughing. If you go to Johnson’s congressional web site, he claims it was “subtle humor” and a “metaphorical reference” but I’m not inclined to believe that one. I think Johnson’s staff immediately had to scramble to come up with that excuse.
I’d say the Navy won both skirmishes. The big question is who is more stupid–the pirates, or the congressman? Give me your opinion, then send your friends here to vote!
This morning I did something I’ve never done before: I put a political campaign bumper sticker on my vehicle. In the 25+ years I’ve been driving, I’ve never done so. I’ve always insisted my vehicle be free of such statements. Why would I change after all these years? Because last night I met Jim Lee.