On Friday, I e-mailed some right-of-center bloggers with an idea:
I had a brainstorm yesterday on something we libertarian-leaning bloggers could do to make sure the 112th Congress does not repeat the mistakes of past Republican Congresses. As you may know, the ethically-challenged,earmark-loving Jerry Lewis (the Congressman not the funnyman) is the Ranking Minority Member of the House Appropriations Committee which means he’ll soon become Chairman.
Unless we stop him.
I thought this was a project which Glenn (Reynolds) and Michelle (Malkin) might embrace. Well, before I even got the project off the ground, seems that Tennessee-based blogger is already on board.
No chairmanship is more important than that of the House Appropriations Committee, which controls federal outlays. More than anything else, voters want Washington to stop irresponsible federal spending and rein in spiraling national debt, but returning sanity to the federal budget cannot be achieved without a new Appropriations panel head. As former Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Y. Tomlinson writes elsewhere in Monday’s Examiner, Boehner’s choice is stark and simple. It would be a horrible mistake to give the nod to either Rep. Jerry Lewis of California or Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky. Lewis and Rogers are both Old Bull Republicans who love earmarks and pork barrel politics. Appointing either would split the House GOP caucus and spark a revolt among conservatives who have been fighting earmarks for years.
I grant that the incoming Speaker has a tough task ahead of him. It won’t be easy to tell a long-serving member of his caucus who have long salivated over chairing this committee that he’s not eligible for the prize he believes is rightfully us. But, the difficulty of turning down these Republican porker will be outweighed the by rewards he reaps from the grassroots, particularly the Tea Party.
By refusing to defer to seniority and instead appointing a true fiscal conservative to helm this committee, Boehner would send a signal that he understands the ideas which fueled Republican victories across the country. At the same time, he’d be taking a step toward cutting out-of-control Washington spending.