#NCSEN: The ”effectiveness” argument

kaytomThe Thom Tillis campaign is coming after incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan for being ”ineffective.”   On one hand, it’s a sweet piece of karma.  Hagan beat Elizabeth Dole over the head and shoulders in 2008 with the same accusation.   

The charge is based on the scarcity of Hagan-backed legislation being passed.  (Given Hagan’s liberal sycophancy, I am relieved that she can’t get anything passed.) But is a lack of legislation passed under your name truly a sign of effectiveness? 

Let’s look at Thom Tillis’s record in Raleigh for the 2013-2014 session.  As speaker, he is not required to vote on every matter.  But he is free to introduce whatever he wants.  According to the NCGA web site, Tillis has introduced SIX pieces of legislation this session.  Only one of those, a bill dealing with the humane treatment of animals hunted for captivity purposes, passed. 

South Carolina’s Jim DeMint had little to no legislation passed in his name.  One could argue that he was quite effective in voicing conservative concerns and rallying the grassroots to pressure Congress.  Ted Cruz has little to no record of legislation passed under his name.  But he is doing yeoman’s work for grassroots conservatism on Capitol Hill.

Our very own Jesse Helms was regularly criticized by the Democrats for having few pieces of legislation passed under his name.  Helms was effective by using the rules to block or water down really bad legislation introduced by RINOs and Democrats.  His efforts at obstructionism likely saved us from even worse government overreach.

 I wish the US Senate (and the House) would do a lot less.  I don’t want to “get things done.”

Instead of getting into this tit-for-tat ”Who’s got the most” argument, I’d rather hear about how significantly different Senator Tillis’s voting record will be from that of Senator Hagan.

 So far, I know they’ve both been pretty silent on the border crisis. Hagan champions ObamaCare.  Tillis tried to push through health care exchanges, and was reluctant to refuse Medicaid expansion — both vital components for the launch of ObamaCare. Tillis talks about “replacing” ObamaCare, rather than getting the government’s talons the hell out of our health care delivery system.   Hagan is a big fan of alternative energy.  Tillis voted for alternative energy mandates and used his power as speaker to block efforts to cap or repeal them.