Pete Sessions is a RINO. How do I know? I begin by checking his Freedom Index rating. It rates politicians on how closely they follow their oath of office to uphold, support and defend the Constitution:
This voting index is currently published twice a year in The New American magazine. Each index scores all 535 members of Congress on 10 key votes on a scale of 0% to 100%. The more the Representatives and Senators adhere to the Constitution in their votes, the higher their scores on this index.
Sessions’ index rating is 65. One-third of the time he votes against the Constitution. But he’s a conservative, or so he says. He’s also the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and according to an interview at Newsmax, concerning the fiscal cliff, “We are ready to do business.”
The president is intransigent, thinking (accurately, I think) that he has the Republicans over a barrel: no matter what they do, or don’t do, they’re going to get most of the blame for the fiscal cliff. The public already thinks so. So the Republicans are caving in. And Sessions is trying to put a happy face on it:
Members are very much concerned. We want to make sure we pass a bill that does not hurt the economy further.
I’m a member of the Republican leadership and I have known and do know each of these members personally. We will stand together and work together. The president has only himself to argue with.
He says nothing in the interview about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. He says nothing about the Constitution or its limitations on government spending. He just wants to go along to get along. He’s already given up on the Obamacare tax increases:
We know that Obamacare taxation is going to kick in by law and that will mean a massive tax increase. We believe we should digest those first.
He was asked if higher taxes were on the way. Yup:
If it’s a good deal, yes. If it does something long term that betters the circumstance.”
There it is: Republican leadership in action.