Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Yes, Virgina; There Are Still Fiscal Conservatives in Congress

But, sad to say, not many.

Rebecca Hegelin reports on Indiana's Mike Pence, Texas' Jeb Hensarling, Arizona's Jeff Flake and the Republican Study Committee which is trying to get the House to consider cutting up to $50 billion from the federal budget over the next five years as well as cutting current spending and eliminating wasteful and unnecessary spending.

Makes sense? Of course. But their actions are not being welcomed by the new G.O.P. (Grinding Out Pork). Indeed, these conservatives are being hassled right and left -- make that left and left -- simply by wanting poilticians to be responsible about spending taxpayer money.

My favorite line from the article? The quotation from Rep. Pence in a speech last year to The Heritage Foundation: “Sometimes a small group of people can take a stand, be defeated, and still make a difference.”

Ah! How nice to see a politician choose principle over base pragmatics. That is the essence of statesmanship and the Republican Party greatly needs more of that.