Too much emphasis is placed on the Executive office when it comes to elections. While I would like to capture the White House, it isn’t necessary. The Senate was originally designed to protect the interests of the states. Unfortunately, popular elections have changed that constitutional provision. Senators are little more than 3-term congressmen.
If we’re going to keep the House and expand its numbers and take back the Senate, we’ll have to start planning today. The first thing we must do is identify the elected officials to de-elect in 2014 and 2016.
We may want to start with those GOPers who are compromising on raising taxes. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, who will be up for re-election in 2014, needs to be put on the list. Newsmax reports the following:
“Sen. Saxby Chambliss has dumped his long-time pledge to conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist not to support tax increases, opening up the possibility he may go along with raising new revenues to reduce the nation’s debt and avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of year.
“‘I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,’ the Georgia Republican told a local television station in Macon Thursday, referring to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge he signed when he first ran for the Senate 20 years ago.”
I care more about my country than I do about Grover Norquist, that’s why I would never compromise on taxes. Chambliss didn’t need Norquist to keep him in line on taxes. That’s the job of the Constitution that Chambliss took an oath to uphold.
Chambliss is not dumping his pledge to Norquist; he’s dumping his oath before God to uphold the Constitution. In addition, Chambliss made a pledge to Georgia voters not to raise taxes. The man can’t be trusted.
When Chambliss votes to raise taxes, he’s raising my taxes and the taxes of my neighbors. We’re not some abstract “country.” We are hard working Americans who value our labor.
Chambliss went on to say that “Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down. His plan says you continue to add to the debt, and I just have a fundamental disagreement about that and I’m willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves.”
Does Sen. Chambliss really believe that raising taxes will pay down the debt? For that belief alone he should be voted out of office. There is no evidence of the debt ever being paid down by raising taxes.
Reuters reported that at least 16 Republicans in the new Congress have abandoned the pledge not to raise taxes. We need to find out who they are and begin to defund their re-election campaigns and find rock-solid substitutes who will abide by the Constitution and not some anti-tax advocate.