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What Passes for Smart Politics in DC PT.2



The Democrat members of the US House want us to know that they are just as good at “smart politics” as their colleagues in the US Senate. For quite a few months the conventional wisdom has been that the US debt ceiling must be raised with no hesitation. In April Peter Welch, representing Vermont’s at-large seat, spearheaded a letter that called for a clean debt ceiling increase vote. There were 114 Democrat Hose members who signed this letter. The House Republican leadership decided to have this clean debt ceiling increase vote, and it occurred one month later, May 31, 2011. The bill was voted down 97-318. You can see the details here.

Apparently any firm statement uttered by any Democrat has an expiration date. They can gush over how wonderful the Obama budget proposal is in February, and to a man all vote against it in May. They can strongly insist upon a clean debt ceiling increase vote in April, and then scream foul when this vote takes place in May. Now I must confess that the debt ceiling vote in the House favored the Obama administration more than the vote on the Obama budget proposal in the Senate, but not by much. Only two states, Vermont and Hawaii, had all their delegation voting Yes.

The other part that passes for being smart is if you are a Democrat do not propose any spending cuts, and instead smear the Republicans for the spending cuts they are proposing. We the People rid ourselves of a lot of stinkers in the US Congress in 2010, and more housecleaning is needed in 2012. I actually think that what passes for “smart politics” in Washington these days helps to root out who really needs to get defeated. Let me list below the 35 Democrat House members who signed the letter for a clean debt ceiling increase vote in April and then did not vote for it in May.

Mike Thompson (CA-1)
Lois Capps (CA-23)
Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Reps. Joe Baca (CA-43)
Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)
Jared Polis (CO-2)
Corrine Brown (FL-3)
Ted Deutch (FL-19)
Alcee Hastings (FL-23)
Hank Johnson (GA-4)
John Lewis (GA-5)
David Scott (GA-13)
Jerry Costello (IL-12)
Leonard Boswell (IA-3)
Elijah Cummings (MD-7)
Bill Keating (MA-10)
John Conyers (MI-14)
Collin Peterson (MN-7)
Russ Carnahan (MO-3)
Steve Israel (NY-2)
Gregory Meeks (NY-6)
Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Betty Sutton (OH-13)
Tim Ryan (OH-17)
David Wu (OR-1)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Mark Critz (PA-12)
David Cicilline (RI-1)
Lloyd Doggett (TX-25)
Jay Inslee (WA-1)
Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. Yes, to BE a Democrat is to lie. To say anything that seems expedient at the time. Having the media run interference for you lulls you into such behavior. And after a few months separate you from the last election, you get lulled again.

  1. Yes, to BE a Democrat is to lie. To say anything that seems expedient at the time. Having the media run interference for you lulls you into such behavior. And after a few months separate you from the last election, you get lulled again.

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