Even a stopped clock is right twice a day
This morning, while getting ready for church, I was listening to George Stephanopolis interviewing Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Now Senator McCain is more of a liberal than he is a true conservative and as such, has taken much scorn from the hard core Republican base. However, what he had to say this morning made a lot of sense. He was saying that if we are going to spend billions of dollars on rebuilding the hurricane ravaged areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas we must find other areas in the budget to cut the spending. Sen. McCain's idea was to cut some $26 billion out of the Highway budget that was just passed. So far, the only governmental "leader" to get behind this idea was Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca). The Republican leadership in both the House and the Senate are dead set against this, as is the White House. This is a shame as the Republicans are supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility...at least that is what the grass roots activists are all about!
It is time for the Republican grass roots to speak up to their leadership! N.Z. Bear, over at www.truthlaidbear.com has started a new project called Porkbusters. He is asking that all concerned citizens, regardless of political party, write to their respective represenatives in both the House and the Senate demanding that they take a stand against this continued deficit spending. I suggest taking it one step further. Send the message to the White House as well! I did. I hope to hear from my representatives (Senators Dayton and Coleman and Rep John Kline) soon and if I do, I will be sending that information on to N.Z. Bear like others have. With the 2006 elections right around the corner, now is the time to make your voices heard. Because if they don't hear and they don't respond, they know that we the voters will take our voices elsewhere.
UPDATE: I sent a letter to Congressman Mark Kennedy (who is running for the Republican nomination to Senator Dayton's seat). I noticed on his website he talks about a $2.5 million grant to a regional airport in his district. I wonder what his reaction to my letter will be in light of that grant. I will keep you all posted.