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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Fight to be the New "Senator No"

It seems some people have noticed that despite his flaws, the recently departed Jesse Helms was remembered fondly by conservatives because he fought to hold the line on spending. In 2006 Republicans took a drubbing in the voting booth partly because they had strayed far from their roots of smaller government and spending restraint. After the Republicans became the majority party too many acted just as bad as Democrats. When Republican politicians (Hey you, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) we're talking to you buddy) act like pigs at the the public trough you can't blame the average voter for concluding there is little difference between the parties.

Here are two articles about Senators Jim Demint (R-SC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) where each is described as one to inherit the mantle of fiscal conservatism that goes with the nickname "Senator No." Here is a small snippet from the second article.
Much like the late conservative hero “Senator No” (Jesse Helms), Coburn seems to be the only conservative willing to block legislation that would exacerbate the $9.3 trillion dollar debt this Congress is passing on to future generations.
We can only hope that others senators have the courage to join DeMint and Coburn in the fight for the Senator No title.


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