By Richard A. Viguerie
It didn’t take long for the GOP Leadership to put their finger in the eye of conservatives.
John Boehner promised a new era of responsibility in Washington, including drastic cuts to the size and scope of the federal government, but the recently announced chairmanships of Harold Rogers on the Appropriations Committee and Fred Upton on the House Energy and Commerce Committee puts the GOP off to a bad start.
It is a worrying sign, and one that should cause all conservatives and Tea Partiers to doubt how serious the Republican leadership is about cleaning up the culture of waste, seniority and corruption in Congress.
Appointing Old Bull big government spenders like Rogers and Upton to head these powerful committees only shows a business as usual mindset about Republican leaders where nothing has changed but the rhetoric.
Grassroots conservatives are unhappy with the status quo in Washington, and Speaker-designate Boehner needs to balance this slap in the face with something to show conservatives that he is truly committed to reversing the size of government.
Boehner’s public support for anti-earmark crusader Jeff Flake to sit on the Appropriations Committee, and talk of Flake leading a new investigations subcommittee—giving Flake authority to oversee all spending projects—appeared to be positive signs.
Flake has made a name over the past decade as a budget hawk and a rebel unafraid to challenge his party over pork spending and waste.
But Rogers quickly dismissed the idea of an oversight subcommittee just hours after securing the Appropriations chairmanship, saying he would rely on the twelve existing Appropriations subcommittees to do their own oversight. Where is the outrage from Boehner and the GOP Leadership?
Predictably, the pork-lovers, who are drawn to the trough to run these subcommittees, say they are perfectly capable of reviewing wasteful spending themselves. Mr. Boehner, we in the grassroots base have serious reason to doubt their claims.
We appreciate that you say there is a place for the boat rockers and budget hawks the public elected to rein in the federal government. We appreciate the talk, but where’s the change?
It’s been said many times by many people, “Don’t listen to what we say, watch what we do.” We’re watching Congressman Boehner.