Congressional GOP Weaselship

While I expected nothing less from lame-duck tax-and-spender Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sen. John Cornyn’s decision to vote for a tax hike on 77 percent of American households is like a kick in the gut.

(The Texas delegation votes are found in Update 2, below.)

All those Republicans voting for the Obama tax-and-spend bill are weasels, one and all. Totally indefensible.


John Cornyn
Of course, Mr. Cornyn also voted for the bailouts and the Medicaid expansion, so his willingness to vote for bad government shouldn’t have come as a surprise… But, well, I had hoped to see him do better.

My friend Erick Erickson at RedState.com has written an excellent review of the betrayal of conservatives brought forth by US Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The bill not only raises taxes, on most households, but the Congressional Budget Office says the bill actually increases spending by $330 billion! That is to say, it pushes us further along the path to fiscal insolvency by increasing the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. Way to go, Grand Old Party!


And, of course, President Obama wants even more.

To make matters worse, the incompetent US House GOP leadership (weaselship?) is preparing to join in the irresponsible fun. The vote could come as early as tonight!

(The congressional switchboard can be reached here: 202-224-3121.)

Congress behaves like drunken teenagers on a spending spree with stolen credit cards. It’s irresponsible to give them higher credit limits or more money.

In Washington, DC, the stupid party and the evil party have become mostly indistinguishable.

UPDATE: 
The US House voted in the middle of the night. The measure passed, but a majority of the House Republican Caucus voted against it. Will post the Texas vote tally later this morning.

UPDATE 2:
Here’s how the Texas delegation voted. In the House, four Republicans and all Democrats joined the Senate in voting for higher taxes and more spending; one member (Ron Paul) did not vote.

The correct vote was “nay.” An “aye” vote is to impose higher taxes and new spending.

DISTRICTNAMEPartyHR8|Fiscal Cliff
SENATEJohn CornynRAye
SENATEKay HutchisonRAye
CD-1Louis Gohmert Jr.RNay
CD-2Ted PoeRNay
CD-3Sam” JohnsonRNay
CD-4Ralph HallRNay
CD-5Jeb HensarlingRNay
CD-6Joe BartonRNay
CD-7John CulbersonRNay
CD-8Kevin BradyRAye
CD-9Al GreenDAye
CD-10Michael McCaulRNay
CD-11Michael ConawayRNay
CD-12Kay GrangerRNay
CD-13William “Mac” ThornberryRAye
CD-14Ron” PaulRNot Voting
CD-15Rubén HinojosaDAye
CD-16Silvestre ReyesDAye
CD-17Bill FloresRNay
CD-18Sheila Jackson-LeeDAye
CD-19Randy NeugebauerRNay
CD-20Charlie” GonzalezDAye
CD-21Lamar SmithRAye
CD-22Pete OlsonRNay
CD-23Francisco “Quico” CansecoRNay
CD-24Kenny MarchantRNay
CD-25Lloyd DoggettDAye
CD-26Michael BurgessRNay
CD-27Blake FarentholdRNay
CD-28Henry CuellarDAye
CD-29Gene” GreenDAye
CD-30Eddie JohnsonDAye
CD-31John CarterRNay
CD-32Pete” SessionsRAye

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Michael is president and CEO of Empower Texans. A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Sullivan is married with three children. He divides his time between the Metroplex, the rest of Texas, and Austin.

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