Debt Ceiling, Balanced Budget Amendment, Real Tea Party Congressman

Thomas G. Brown |

John Boehner (R-OH) is out and about trying to sell the Balance Budget Amendment to the American public. He has sent his minions home over the August break to sell this bill as a way to end the spending spree that has gone on in Washington for over 100 years. Sadly this bill will do nothing if passed but give more lip service to making hard decisions while doing nothing in terms of actual cuts. We already have a way to prevent the budget from being riddled with debt. This is the debt ceiling. All a member of Congress has to do to show he or she is serious about cutting spending is to vote no whenever they are asked to raise the debt ceiling. But sadly most of Congress had gone along with the vote to raise the debt ceiling, sending our grand children’s future further down the toilet.

A part of the debt deal with increased debt by $700 billion (much of which has already been spent) and will add another $1.5 trillion increase if recommendations by the gang of 12 are passed or if the Balanced Budget Amendment is passed (see that BBA is a backdoor deal). The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will work to increase the debt by $2.3 trillion dollars in total by 2013. So twelve folks who are selected by party leaders along with the President are going to make the hard decisions that they were unwilling to make with the rest of Congress? Well at least the lobbyist won’t have to drag themselves all over DC they can meet all twelve members at one time and tell them what should and should not cut. This will most likely create complex bills similar to the Health Care Act and with the added caveat that Congress as a whole can only vote up or down on the bill without filibuster or amendment. What a sweet deal for K Street.

If the recommendations are not voted in by the rest of Congress automatic cuts in the budget will go into effect. Now I am all for cutting the budget, but down to what is allowable by the Constitution and not just arbitrarily cutting percentages form various programs. One cut will target Medicare providers (physicians). This will reduce the number of doctors who offer services to those on Medicare and make a system already strained by a limited number of doctors that much worst. Those who continue to offer services will be paid less and will have their workload increase rapidly due to the reduction of providers. Only true Patriots in Congress

After taking a look at who voted for and against the Debt Ceiling last week. I decided to take a closer look at the members of Congress, the Republicans as they are traditionally the fiscally responsible ones (on paper). After compiling a list of those folks who voted against raising the debt ceiling I realized that they may have just voted that way once the bill was sure to pass. So to look a little deeper I looked at several votes which I believe points out who are on the side of liberty and freedom and who is just paying lip service. After taking a look at votes on re-authorizing the Patriot Act, and the voted on Libya and its unjust war I was surprised to find just 6 members in the House of Representatives who actually care about the budget waste and the illegal wars in Libya. One member did not surprise me and that is Congressman Ron Paul. But the others are also to be commended and supported for their votes. The members are listed below and I ask that you take time out of your day to thank them for actually upholding their oaths and support their re-election campaigns when they come about.

HR 3162 Reauthorized Patriot Act Oct. 24th 2011
S. 627 Budget Control Act of 2011
HR 2278 Limit funds of DOD in Support NATO w. Libya
HJ Res. 68 Authorizing the limited US Armed Forces in Support of NATO in Libya H.Con Res. 51 Directing the President, pursuant to section 5© of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the US Armed Forces from Libya
Justin Amash (R-3-MI)
Nay
Nay
Nay
Nay
Aye
Paul Broun (R-10-GA)
Nay
Nay
Nay
Nay
Aye
Tom Graves (R-9-GA)
Nay
Nay
Nay
Nay
Aye
Tim Johnson (R-15-IL)
Nay
Nay
Nay
Nay
Aye
Tom McClintock (R-4-CA)
Nay
Nay
Nay
Nay
Aye
Ron Paul (R-14-TX)
Nay
Nay
Nay
Nay
Aye

Justin Amash

110 Michigan St. NW, Suite 166 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Phone: (616) 451-8383 Fax: (616) 454-5630

Paul Broun

Augusta / Evans District Office Mailing Address: 4246 Washington Road, Suite 6 Evans, GA 30809 Phone: 706-447-3857 Fax: 706-868-8756

Athens District Office 3706 Atlanta Highway, Suite 3B Athens, GA 30606 Phone: 706-549-9588 Fax: 706-549-9590 Toccoa District Office 194 Remsdale Street Toccoa, GA 30577 Phone: 706-886-1008 Fax: 706-886-1009

Tom Graves

GAINESVILLE, GA OFFICE
311 Green Street, NW Suite 302 Gainesville, GA 30501
T (770) 535-2592 F (770) 535-2765 DALTON, GA OFFICE
702 South Thornton Avenue Dalton, GA 30720
T (706) 226-5320 F (706) 278-0840

Tim Johnson

Champaign Office 2004 Fox Drive Champaign, IL 61820 Phone: 217-403-4690 Fax: 217-403-4691
Tom McClintock
8700Auburn-Folsom Road, Suite 100 Granite Bay, CA95746 Phone: (916) 786-5560 Fax: (916) 786-6364

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