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:
- Sen. Jim DeMint (SC)
- Sen. Mike Lee (UT)
- Rep. Scott Tipton (CO)
- Rep. Dennis Ross (FL)
- Rep. Justin Amash (MI)
- Rep. Tim Wahlberg (MI)
- Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC)
Good job, gentlemen!
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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:
Continue reading “Jeff Duncan keeps racking up endorsements”
with Jim DeMint
Just wanted to post a quick note that I met Senator Jim DeMint, and got an autograph on his latest book, Saving Freedom. As of late, Senator DeMint has been the best voice conservatives have. He’s been vocal in his opposition to Obamacare, the out-of-control spending, etc. He’s even taken flack for speaking about a possible “waterloo” for President Obama. I really appreciate the way he firmly speaks out against the left-wing policies, yet calmly diffuses accusations that he wishes ill against the president. THAT is the kind of leader we need.
As for the book, I started reading it a couple days ago. So far (a couple chapters in) it’s been very good. In the introduction, DeMint starts with the old story of the gingerbread man, who is outrunning everyone and in charge of his own destiny, until he reaches a river. Accepting an offer of help from a fox, he sits as far from the fox’s mouth as possible while the fox begins to swim across the water. The gingerbread man is forced to get ever closer to the fox’s mouth as the fox gets into deeper water, and eventually is eaten by the crafty fox. The parallel is then drawn to our country, who, as the gingerbread man, has agreed to let the federal government be our fox. The promise of deliverance has enticed us to trust and depend on it more and more, until we are now in danger of being swallowed up by the government fox. It is this last point that hits home–do we let the government consume us, and destroy the very characteristic that marks us as a great country–our individual liberty? Or do we get off the fox’s back while we still have a chance?
I’m looking forward to the rest of the book. If I can get the time, I’ll add a few more comments as I read, so check back!