Katie Kieffer has named them: They are all Senators: Rand Paul, Richard Shelby, Chuck Grassley, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee. Each voted “no” on the fiscal cliff deal that roared through the Senate like a runaway pickup truck leaving the scene of an accident.
I expect my leaders to keep their word. If they tell me they are Republican, I expect them to act like Republicans. And being Republican means voting a certain way; saying “no” to new spending, inflation and taxes—and saying “yes” to virtue, freedom, growth, prosperity and small business opportunities.
She thinks that if there had been more Republicans like them in the Senate then we would have “gone over” the cliff, which would have been a good thing: there would have been some modest spending cuts, everyone would have seen their taxes go up, and the real day of reckoning and the national debt would have been put off for a while. Entrepreneurs would leave the country to lower tax environments, unemployment would increase, the country would tip over into a recession, and taxpayers would be motivated to vote for more “good guys” in 2014.
I think she is optimistic. First, she somehow thinks that being a Republican is the key to staunching the flow of red ink. Second, she thinks the spending problem can be fixed. Thirdly, these Senators are “models” that should be emulated.
Let’s look. I just wrote about Rand Paul and Mike Lee possibly hooking up together to run for president in 2016, so let’s look at Katie’s remaining three good guys: Richard Shelby, Chuck Grassley, and Marco Rubio. The screen I use is the Freedom Index which measures how closely they follow the Constitution in their voting. The index, according to its developers, “rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.”
Richard Shelby: FI of 77. Chuck Grassley: FI of 77. And Marco Rubio: FI of 81. (For the record, Paul’s FI is 95 and Mike Lee’s FI is 90.)
As I said, I think Katie is optimistic.