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From Tad Dehaven @ Cato Institute:
In December 2010, I wrote that “An indicator of the incoming House Republican majority’s seriousness about cutting spending will be which members the party selects to head the various committees.” The final roster ended up leaving a lot to be desired from a limited government perspective. For example, the House Republican leadership and its allies went with “The Prince of Pork” to head up the Appropriations Committee.
Two years later, the committee situation is about to get even worse now that the House Republican leadership has decided to send a message that casting a vote according to one’s beliefs instead of one’s instructions is a punishable offense. On Monday, four congressmen were booted from “plum” committee assignments for failing to sufficiently tow the leadership line. I suspect that the purge was motivated, at least in part, by Team Boehner’s desire to have the rest of the rank and file think twice before casting a “no” vote on whatever lousy deal is struck with the White House to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
Three of the purged Republicans are returning members of the 2010 freshmen “Tea Party Class”: Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Justin Amash (R-MI), and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS). Over the past year, I have been keeping a loose record of how the freshmen voted on opportunities to eliminate programs and prevent spending increases. On seven particularly telling votes*, Schweikert and Amash voted in favor of limited government every time. Out of 87 freshmen, only Schweikert, Amash, and five others had a perfect record. Huelskamp was six for seven. He also was one of only four Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee to vote against the bloated farm bill that passed out of the committee in July. The fourth outcast, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), had become an irritant to the Republican establishment after turning against the Iraq War and associating himself with more libertarian Republicans like Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
As Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fights the “battle of her life”, the local law enforcement has confirmed that the Congresswoman was the target of suspect Jared Lee Loughner. The Congresswoman’s aide for Public Outreach, Gabe Zimmerman is among the dead. Federal Judge John Roll had just attended daily Mass at the Cathedral nearby, and knowing Rep. Giffords, walked through the parking lot to see her. He too, is among those killed. A neighbor of 9 year old Christine Taylor Green thought she might enjoy going to the shopping center and seeing our “government at work”, invited the child to join them. The 9 year old will never go home.
Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va) has announced that all legislative votes for next week, including the Repeal of ObamaCare, have been cancelled. It is thought that there will be some major review of Congressional security, not just on Capitol Hill, but elsewhere.
The Pima County Sheriff, who used his press conference to blast the media and others for the “vitriole” of rhetoric that has “escalated” in recent years (as the Left pointedly blames Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck for the tragedy, not instigators like Van Jones), said that he personally knew the Judge, as well as knowing the Congresswoman.
As President Obama dispatched the FBI Director Robert Mueller to personally lead the investigation (2 Federal officials being involved in the attack), the officials in Arizona are saying that they are, in fact, looking for a second suspect, described as a male in his 50’s. It is believed that there are photos of the individual at the scene, possibly running from it. (Could that be “Blue Boy” on the Daily Kos— just sayin’).
This story will continue to unfold.