Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (affectionately known in these parts as Miss 59%) won her election in 2010 making people believe that she signed on to the limited government agenda of the Tea Party.
Since being sworn in, she’s attached herself to Eric Cantor and John Boehner. She’s been right with those guys as they’ve migrated from the Tea Party agenda to the “Let’s Play Nice and Get Something Done” agenda.
All federal spending HAS to originate in the House. Even though the GOP has firm control of the House, federal spending has INCREASED since the 2010 election.
Ellmers went right along with ol’ Eric and John in voting to increase the federal debt ceiling, and voting to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (an atrocious example of corporate welfare for large companies).
Renee ran for reelection running ads claiming she was the most conservative member of the NC congressional delegation. Objective, non-partisan studies of congressional voting patterns reveal that she is not even as conservative as Howard Coble –our former representative. In fact, her voting record reveals she is one of the least conservative Republicans in the House.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, check out the latest farm bill, as detailed by RedState.com:
Dear Speaker Boehner,
During every election cycle, virtually every Republican candidate affirms his or her support for limited government, free markets, and balanced budgets. They all tout their conservative credentials on the flashy flag-waving issues of the day in an effort to ingratiate themselves with Republican primary voters. However, it is the “inside baseball” issues such as the farm bill that expose many of them as frauds.
Put simply, the farm bill is an anathema to free enterprise, limited government, and individual responsibility. The House version (H.R. 6083) authorizes $957 billion in spending over 10 years, 80% of which will go towards food stamps. Despite erroneous claims in the media regarding severe cuts to food stamps, this bill actually consummates the Obama-era baseline into our entitlement empire forever.
Furthermore, this bill adds an additional 3 crop insurance and price support programs that distort the market, encourage risky behavior, protect parochial interests, and are tendentious towards large farms. This bill also continues the egregious coddling of rich sugar farmers and the dairy supply regulations that you so aptly referred to as “Soviet style.”
Unfortunately, a bipartisan group of 38 Republicans and 24 Democrats, led by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Peter Welch (D-VT), have sent you a letter requesting floor consideration for this big-government, budget-busting monstrosity. If Republicans allow this bill to pass the House and become law under Republican-control of Congress, they will essentially be abrogating all their campaign promises to limit government, terminate special interest politics, decrease dependency and welfare, and balance the budget. In one fell swoop, they will blur the distinction between the two parties to the extent that they are virtually indistinguishable.
This is not the message we need to telegraph to loyal Republican voters ahead of a crucial election. Moreover, if we are going to continue the bond between urban and rural special interests, we will never wean dependency from the broad populace – even among those in conservative states. If we are going to continue imposing Soviet-style intervention in red states, and elect representatives from those localities who support such odious policies, where are we going to implement free market policies and elect conservatives? From blue America?
Let’s win this election decisively by standing on the bold free market, limited government principles that buoyed the Republican majority into power in 2010. Then, after assuming control of all branches of government, we can pursue new policies from a position of strength.
Let’s begin by decoupling food stamp spending from agriculture programs so we can break the indissoluble bond between multiple special interest groups. We understand that food stamps and agriculture programs will not disappear overnight, but we must recognize their deleterious effects on our economy, free markets, and self respect. And it must be our ultimate goal to phase out and wind down these programs in an effort to restore our Constitutional Republic to the entity that it was when originally conceived.
Please reject all calls to bring this bill to the floor during this Congress. Now is the time for us to stand on principle.
Renee Ellmers was one of the 38 Republicans — the only one from North Carolina — who signed the letter to Boehner. She was one of three members from North Carolina — joined by Democrats Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre.
I’ve heard from plenty of local folks who have read about Ellmers’s spending problem, and backed one of her primary challengers, but still plan to vote for her in November. She won the primary, they point out. She’s the Republican choice.
If you do THAT, how on Earth are we ever going to convince her to come back to the limited government agenda?
Libertarian Brian Irving — campaigning on a limited government agenda — will be on the November ballot for the Second Congressional District seat. As will Steve Wilkins, a Whispering Pines Democrat. (Ellmers’s public opposition to the state marriage amendment, and her voting record on economic issues, makes her NOT THAT much different from a centrist Democrat. ) You can park your vote with either of those folks, or you can simply leave that race BLANK on your ballot. Your votes in other races will STILL be counted.
That’s one of the great things about America: You DON’T have to vote for someone who doesn’t share your values.