Monday, November 29, 2010

Two Key U.S. House Chairmanships in Play

The results of the 2010 General Election indicate that people want change in how the government operates. The American people repudiated the current regime and the current Congresses’ spending excesses. They racked up such great debts that it will take eons of time to pay them down. Therefore, two of the most important leadership appointments in the new Congress will be filling the positions of chairmanships of twp House of Representative Committees. Those committees are the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Appropriations Committee.

Tonight I listened in on a Tea Party Patriots (TPP) Telephone Town Hall. Two of four nominees for the chairmanship of Energy and Commerce participated. Two of the three nominees for Appropriations participated in the event.

Based on what I heard of each of the nominees and some additional information that was provided about the men concerning their voting records, I would like to see Cliff Stearns (R-FL) be the next chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. I would like to see Jack Kingston (R-GA) serve as the next chairman of the Appropriation Committee. Whoever is selected would  begin working on January 3rd, 2011 when the 112th Congress goes into session.

Both of these committees have a mighty daunting task in front of them, They must in the next six to nine months try to reverse some of the tremendous damage done through massive deficit spending by the current President’s and current Congresses’ destructive, wasteful, and unwise legislation.

Some of the critical points which stood out to in the telephone town hall event was the fact that we have so little time in which to act before the next campaign season swings into high gear. Yes, the cycle starts soon. Our narcissistic President and his Teleprompter are itching to hit the roads. The great campaigner and less than adequate executive/leader hopes to fool large sections of the populace again with his ridiculous rhetoric and ‘yes we can’ showboating.

If the House does its job, then history will remember a one-term president who was grossly in over his head, inept, indecisive, and incompetent. Then the debate will get underway to determine who claims the dishonor of being the worst President ever, Barry Soetoro alias Barack Obama, or the peanut farmer from Georgia, Jimmy Carter.

Enough of the hope, now let’s get into the change.

It was mentioned by Representative Stearns and others that the GOP has been given a second chance by the voters this fall. If they blow it this time it will be over for the GOP for a very long time, and a long time before they get back into power. Many of the 60+ new members will be conservatives, who will reinforce the principled conservatives already serving in Congress on both sides of the aisle.

There is a lot that the Appropriations Committee can do to curb the obese spending of this administration. They must start on day one and never let up. They will probably even have to battle the new House Speaker and other long-time or good old boy entrenched country club Republicans along with the Democrats. We need a strong, principled conservative like Jack Kingston (who by the way received 80% of the vote taken of the Telephone Town Hall attendees who voted for who should be the next chairman of Appropriations after listening to both Kingston and Jerry Lewis (R-CA) present their ideas) to lead this key Committee. 

To a large degree Appropriations holds the key to much of the spending that goes on in our government. They can restrict much of the funding of aspects of ObamaCare, EPA, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, etc.   In addition, Appropriations may be able to to bring the epidemic of White House czars under control or make them accountable. They can put a stop to much of the wasteful prolific government grants as well.

Kingston indicated that he would like to see a spending cap put in place similar to the Gramm-Rudman Act passed in the mid 1980s.

This was a very encouraging Town Hall meeting ... Let's see if Congress can get a real grip next year.

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