Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, thinks that Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins is “one of us.” He takes particular umbrage at an ad from a pro-gun group (the National Association for Gun Rights) that attacked Collins for voting for the Manchin-Toomey amendment to Obama’s gun control bill. Although the amendment failed, despite support from Collins, Ruddy thinks she did the right thing and that the NAGR was wrong to attack her.
He’s entitled to his opinion even if I think he’s wrong.
I am not a member of the NAGR. I put my modest financial support behind the Second Amendment Foundation (I’m sending them another small donation today) and Gun Owners of America, the group that Ron Paul called “the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.” Ruddy thinks that one reason Collins is “one of us” [true constitutionalists] is that the NRA gives her “a solid B+ rating.” The GOA gives her a D-.
But let’s take just a moment to look elsewhere to get a clearer picture of Collins’ voting record. The Freedom Index measures how a congressman votes from a constitutional perspective. Ron Paul consistently earned 100% ratings. Collins is rated at 50%. That means that half of her votes are unconstitutional or, at the very least, highly questionable.
Example: When the EPA established standards on toxins that would cost coal-fired power plants $11 billion to implement, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced a resolution to nullify them. Collins voted against it.
Example: Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) offered an amendment to repeal the Forest Services Forest Legacy Program, saying that it would take federal lands out of use – essentially paying people not to use the land. Collins voted against it.
Example: The farm bill which authorizes crop subsidies, food stamps and foreign food aid and estimated to cost $1 billion over the next ten years was passed by the Senate last June. She voted for it.
Each of these are unconstitutional for various reasons. But that doesn’t seem to faze her.
If there is any hope of reining in out-of-control government that continues to ignore the Constitution, it won’t be with the help of people like Collins. No, she is not “one of us.”