I was not in-country when Jared Polis, the gay heir to Blue Mountain Arts, a greeting-card company created by his mother and netting him tons of money to use to seed his own entrepreneurial aspirations (and he’s a Democrat?!), was elected to represent Colorado’s ultra-Leftist 2d District (which includes Boulder). As such, I was pretty ho-hum to learn another gay Democrat had been elected to Congress, let alone from that district.
But when he wrote an Op-Ed piece for the Wall Street Journal coming out against the auto bailouts in favor of liberty-minded cuts in taxes, in blatant defiance of spendthrift Democrats running the House (before he even got there!), I sat up and took notice. While his voting record has been pretty lock-step Leftist (he voted for the pork stimulus and the cap-and-trade bills), he has recently taken another bold step in defense of sound and responsible fiscal policy and (natch, therefore) against his party’s leadership.
Thursday, Polis led a group of 22 Democrats in the House in a letter to Speaker Pelosi, admonishing her, that, among other things, “[i]f our nation is going to lift itself out of recession, small businesses will once again need to lead the way.”
The entire letter (save for the sops to the notion that this ridiculous healthcare Stalinization bill “could not come at a better time”) reads like it could have come from the Club for Growth or Heritage Foundation. It even gives passing reference to the pending expiration of Bush’s tax cuts. (One wonders if perhaps Jared will be so bold as to call for a halt to that?)
I recommend you read the whole thing. It makes the case that Republicans who oppose the surtax have been making since it reared its ugly head. Perhaps coming from members of her own party, Pelosi will listen.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)
UPDATE (from Dan): Sorry, Nick, not ready to call the guy a hero. So, what if he writes a letter? Obama promised to go line-by-line through the federal budget, rooting out waste, then to give us a “net spending cut.” Not seeing that, are we? Until he puts his money where his mouth is and breaks with his party on key votes, ending that, as you put it, “lock-step Leftist” voting recrod, I’ll see him as just another grandstanding Democratic politician, mouthing the words they know their constituents want to hear while spending our money like drunken sailors and regulating like self-righteous busybodies who “know,” due to their superior education, knowledge and innate wisdom what’s best for all of us.