Fighting the good fight

CSRA has a solid pair of footsoldiers in Congress standing for what's right

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One of the oddly frustrating things about Congress is how good some of our own congressmen and senators are.

It's hard to change Washington when your elected representatives are already trying!

In particular, we'd like to single out Georgia Rep. Paul Broun, R-10th District, and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

Both have recently renewed a push for a balanced budget amendment.

Why every member of Congress doesn't jump on board the idea is beyond us. Even a drug addict would probably choose to be addiction free; why wouldn't our members of Congress like to be liberated from their addiction to our money?

Well, never mind. We just answered our own question. But doesn't that kind of spell out the need for an amendment?

Still, we appreciate Broun's and DeMint's cries in the wilderness. We wanted them to know those cries have not gone unnoticed here at home.

But to give you an idea of how vast the wilderness is, we recently asked Broun to comment on the heroes of the fiscal sanity movement -- and the only name that came to mind was DeMint's, who he said stands alone as the Senate's stalwart defender of the people's purse.

Broun said DeMint likes to refer to "constitutionalists," rather than the more elastic and abused "conservative." We'll buy that.

DeMint recently gave a powerful speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee gathering in Washington, in which he talked about the original "Contract with America": the U.S. Constitution.

"Every congressman, senator, president and Supreme Court justice takes an oath to protect and defend that Constitution," he said. "And I think it's time they started honoring that oath!"

We couldn't agree more.

That means respecting freedom, DeMint said, adding that "freedom includes the right to succeed, to build a large business and to make lots of money. It also includes the freedom for mismanaged and insolvent institutions to fail."

The fight to reclaim the Republican Party for its storied conservatism -- oops, for constitutionalists -- is, he said, "a fight between those who take their constitutional oath seriously and those who don't."

We just wish there were more of the former in Washington.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/24/10 - 11:00 pm
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I, too, am proud to have Paul

I, too, am proud to have Paul Broun and Jim DeMint representing our area. Both are hated for their honesty and honorable demeanor by sadly misinformed Americans.

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GGpap 02/25/10 - 03:54 am
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Of course, it might also

Of course, it might also depend on how the Broun, DeMint style constitutionalists--oops, conservatives choose to interpret the U.S. Constitution. GGpap

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/25/10 - 06:31 am
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Exactly, GGpap.

Exactly, GGpap.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/25/10 - 08:01 am
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The AC left out Louie

The AC left out Louie Gohmert, Virginia Foxx, and Michelle Bachman. Broun and Demint are in trhe same company.

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Ga Values 02/25/10 - 10:05 am
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It would be great if Brourn

It would be great if Brourn ran against the SOCIALIST Johnny Isakson, for the US Senate. Johnny is a big spending, big government, pro amnesty LIBERAL, Georgia deserves a Conservative like Paul Broun to balance out our other SOCIALIST Senator Saxby, what's in it for ME, Chambliss.

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grouse 02/25/10 - 08:34 am
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Hmm, the last President to
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Hmm, the last President to balance the budget was Clinton who left with surplus...

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slippery 25 02/25/10 - 09:25 am
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These guys are a blessing.

These guys are a blessing. Spending must be cut.

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chascush 02/25/10 - 09:33 am
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grouse, ‘The last President

grouse, ‘The last President to balance the budget was Clinton’, yes and the only reason he did was there was republican congress. All Clinton was sign what congress gave him.

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dashiel 02/25/10 - 10:10 am
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If DeMint is Broun's hero of

If DeMint is Broun's hero of fiscal sanity, perhaps he needs to spend more time with intelligent Republicans (not an oxymoron, by the way) beyond his district. Paul Ryan, his fellow congressman from Wisconsin, is a heavyweight among featherweights. Though he might lack name recognition now, this man will prevail because he has something valuable to bring to the table. Read his "Roadmap for America's Future 2.0"

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digmick 02/25/10 - 10:11 am
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Why didn't either of these

Why didn't either of these gentlemen vote for the "pay as you go" bill?

digmick
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digmick 02/25/10 - 10:11 am
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Why didn't either of these

Why didn't either of these gentlemen vote for the "pay as you go" bill?

digmick
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digmick 02/25/10 - 10:11 am
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Why didn't either of these

Why didn't either of these gentlemen vote for the "pay as you go" bill?

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Fiat_Lux 02/25/10 - 11:02 am
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Good information, Dash.

Good information, Dash.

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baronvonreich 02/25/10 - 12:48 pm
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The ignorance on here is

The ignorance on here is astounding. Congress comes up with the budget not a president.

If anyone had seen Maxine Waters' questioning of Ben Bernanke yesterday they would realize that unlike some intelligent members like Broun, Paul, Corker, etc there are some members of Congress like Waters who are about as intelligent as the dustbunny living under my sofa.

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LaTwon 02/25/10 - 02:43 pm
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if broun couldnt think of ron

if broun couldnt think of ron paul's name he is a moron. there is no one more in tune with what is happening in this country. [filtered word]bernanke's arrogant ignorance in his reply shows he should not have been re appointed. the fed did launder money for the watergate burglars and did funnel money to saddam. http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2010/02/its-time-for-apology-to-ron...

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jack 02/25/10 - 09:46 pm
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GGpap GGpap Thursday, Feb. 25

GGpap
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Of course, it might also depend on how the Broun, DeMint style constitutionalists--oops, conservatives choose to interpret the U.S. Constitution. GGpap
....More pap from GGpap. I am sure that both Broun's and DeMint's interpetation sould come far closer than what we have in the WH, Pilosi, Reid and their socialist/Progressive ilk.

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jack 02/25/10 - 09:49 pm
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grouse grouse Thursday, Feb.

grouse
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Hmm, the last President to balance the budget was Clinton who left with surplus...
..Heh, heh, good try, but the FACT is, the Republican Congress/House led by Gingrich shoved those balanced budgets down his throat. It was a part of the Contract with America that Gingriich and the Repubs signed on to to get elected.

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