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WaPo (& By Extension, Beltway) Ideas Mired In 19th Cent. Regarding Tea Party

Posted on | June 5, 2016 | 6 Comments

by Smitty

Among the laundry list of problems with Progress is that freezing the size of the House since 1910 has given us an inert Deep State and a crypto-aristocracy on top. We’re supposed to locate people with the fortitude to survive the campaigns and then send them back to the trough again and again to make sure that a “fair share” of the future being mortgaged trickles down to the States, and hopefully makes it beyond the borders of the State capitol.

When she ran six years ago, Ellmers joined the bus tour hosted by the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity that traveled the country railing against President Obama’s health care law. She later spoke at rallies hosted or co-sponsored by the group and promoted AFP events. In 2010, she even nabbed an endorsement from Sarah Palin.

Now, AFP is one of the main players in the costly crusade to oust Ellmers in the group’s premier foray to defeat an incumbent in a Republican race. Others taking on the congresswoman include the Club for Growth and the antiabortion National Right to Life and Susan B. Anthony List.

And why shouldn’t AFP? What is so flipping magical inside that Beltway that anybody gets re-elected At. All.

No. Expanding on Mark Twain, Capitol Hill, like any compost heap, merits frequent turning, and for the same reason. This is a trend that I expect will continue as we crawl out of the Obama/[YourGuessHere] era: voters continuing to do to the public sector what’s been done to the private. I’ve proven the anti-prophet at every turn since commencing blogging, so I won’t hazard a guess just how much desert we have to wander through to get to The Glorious Future, but fuggedabodit–I’m an optimist.

Let’s get Stacy’s cousin safely out to pasture, please, Arizona.


6 Responses to “WaPo (& By Extension, Beltway) Ideas Mired In 19th Cent. Regarding Tea Party”

  1. Old rod
    June 5th, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

    Here! Here!

  2. Bob Belvedere
    June 6th, 2016 @ 7:42 am

    I’ve come around to the belief that the COS should consider an Amendment to write in stone a new minimum ratio for the House.

    The more the merrier!

  3. Quartermaster
    June 6th, 2016 @ 8:55 am

    The constitution already has that. If they adhered to it, the House would not be able to meet in DC. That would be fine with me.
    It would also be so unwieldy that business would be very hard to conduct. That, also, would be fine with me. The more thrown back on the states, the better.

  4. Finrod Felagund
    June 6th, 2016 @ 4:03 pm

    There actually was an amendment that was passed as part of the twelve original amendments to pass the First Congress that should have limited congressional district size, but thanks to a miswording (it would have made districts have more than 50K not less) it never passed like the other eleven did.

    I think it’s time to bring it back.

  5. Finrod Felagund
    June 6th, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

    In other political news (hat tip to RedState), Donald Trump has ordered his surrogates to double down on his racist attacks of the judge hearing the lawsuit against Trump University:

    Here’s Popehat explaining how the judge’s ruling so far has not been out of the ordinary in any way:

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