Sunday, December 14, 2014

Represent NC, Not DC

There was a point of order motion from Senator Ted Cruz last night on the Senate Floor. It was in reference to President Obama's Executive order on Amnesty. It failed by a vote 74-22. Our own Senator Burr voted for the motion. I thank theSenator for his newfound sense of conservatism. We will never know if it was a genuine vote or window dressing for a re-election run in 2016. It doesn't matter, at least he voted the right way. 
This bill was a bad bill. A very bad bill. It represented all that is wrong with Washington. All GOP members of the U.S. Senate should have voted against it for the following reasons: 

     1. Too Much Spending. The spending levels for most government agencies and departments were at the levels, not of sequestration, but of the elevated levels of the Murray-Ryan budget compromise. These spending levels are way too high. The American people realize that the deficits and debts that keep piling up must be stopped. This bill's price tag alone was enough to vote against it. 
     2. It Funds Obamacare. Any spending bill that fails to use the power of the purse to defund Obamacare is a bill that endorses Obamacare. Let's not play games. The only way to stop this terrible law from hurting small businesses, patients, and doctors is to defund it. This bill continues to spend money on Obamacare. 
     3. It Allows Executive Amnesty. The bill funds the Department of Homeland Security. This is the department that is implementing the President's executive order on Executive Amnesty. The Omnibus spending bill could have had prohibitive language in it, a defund rider, that would have prohibited the appropriated funds to be spent on Amnesty. The defund rider was not part of the Omnibus bill. With no language or rider prohibiting the spending, this bill grants permission to implement amnesty. Now, you will hear from staffers that the spending for DHS was not increased. That it was limited. What kind of fools do they take us for? Do we not think that as lawless as this President has been, that he will not make implementing his directive a top priority? The only real way to guarantee that the DHS could not implement lawless amnesty was the defund amnesty rider. The Omnibus bill that passed did not have it. Therefore, every yes vote for omnibus, was a yes vote for President Obama's amnesty. 

I am saddened to say that Rep. Renee Ellmers, along with most of the GOP NC delegation, voted for the Omnibus bill. I was happy for the yes vote on the point Senator Cruz's point of order from Senator Burr. I wish he had voted no on cloture but I guess we can't expect too much. The point is that too many Republican's ignored the will of the people. They either believed the false talking points of the leadership and media, or they allowed themselves to be bullied into voting yes. Either way is unacceptable. I hope that Senator Burr will look to 2016 and vote more conservatively than he has since he came to the senate in 2004. I hope the following Reps. will take stock, and realize that they will be held accountable in 2016 if they don't stop voting with DC instead of representing NC: 

Renee Ellmers, Virginia Foxx, Mark Meadows, Patrick McHenry, George Holding, and Robert Pittenger. 

This may be a lost battle but not a lost war. We need, as conservatives, to continue to study the issues. We need to keep lobbying our representatives to do what's right. Now more than ever we must  keep up the fight. This is not the end. It is only the beginning. 


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  2. Listen to Tom Coburn. There's no truer conservative than Sen. Tom:

    “Every member of the Senate takes the same oath and here’s where I differ with a lot of my colleagues. Let me read the oath to you because I think it’s part of our problem. ‘I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God.’
    Your state isn’t mentioned one time in that oath. Your whole goal is to protect the United States of America, its Constitution, and its liberties. It’s not to provide benefits for your state. That’s where we differ. That’s where my conflict with my colleagues is come. It’s nice to be able to do things for your state, but that isn’t our charge. Our charge is to protect the future of our country by upholding the Constitution and ensuring the liberty that’s guaranteed there is protected and preserved.”