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Boehner Removes Conservatives From Committee Positions

Let’s get right to a story that epitomizes what is wrong with Washington, in general, and the Republican Party, in particular. In 2010, the Republican Party gained a majority in the House of Representatives and came very close to gaining control of the Senate. That move was fueled, in no small part, by the Tea Party. Conservatives in America let it be known they were fed up and they elected representatives to go to Washington and bring a semblance of sanity to the proceedings, especially on fiscal issues. Their impact was not as great as it should have been and much of that was thought to be directly related to Speaker John Boehner and his bid to retain control of the House. I believe that can be confirmed with the news that the Republican leadership has removed several key conservative members from their positions on different committees.

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(Breitbart) House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leadership have removed several conservative House members from their respective powerful committee positions, Breitbart News has Boehner/Obamalearned.

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Effective next Congress, leadership pulled Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert off committees from which they could exert conservative pressure on fiscal matters. Amash and Huelskamp were pulled from the Budget Committee and Schweikert from the Financial Services Committee.

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Huelskamp, a freshman elected during the 2010 tea party wave, thinks the leadership move to pull him from the powerful committee is revenge for him standing up for conservatism. “It is little wonder why Congress has a 16 percent approval rating: Americans send principled representatives to change Washington and get punished in return,” Huelskamp said in a Monday night statement. “The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions. This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP Establishment cannot handle disagreement.”

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As could be expected, John Boehner and his spokesman are both denying this is a move to limit the influence fiscal conservatives may have on what goes on in their respective committees. The decision was based on “a range of factors”, they say. I suspect they are right, but most of those factors are probably related to Huelskamp, Amash, and Schweikert’s refusal to go along with the GOP leadership, just because they ask nicely. Truly, they are trying to serve their constituents and in doing so, they are stepping on the fiscal toes of Boehner and company. That hasn’t been well-received by Boehner and he is moving to limit their ability to step on said toes.

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I am sure I am not the only disillusioned Republican in this crowd. I used to harbor a hope that the GOP would right its course and make its way back to the path of fiscal sanity. After witnessing what we have seen since the election, coupled with this latest move by John Boehner, I no longer harbor that hope. I fully expect Boehner to make a deal with Obama that is borderline fiscal insanity. That kind of compromise is what got us into the fiscal cliff mess we are now facing and I see no reason to suspect he will suddenly come to his senses.

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We have several new members of Congress who are more than willing to step to the plate and work to return fiscal sanity to the workings of our government. Those members are being sidelined by Boehner and the rest of the GOP leadership. Obviously, they do not want them rocking the boat and this constitutes a major problem for those of us who are tired of seeing the Republican Party act like a slightly more conservative version of the Democratic Party.

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I wish I knew what the key to solving this problem is. My first thoughts are for term limits. We have discussed them on this blog before and they have their pros and cons. My feeling is that with the GOP leadership unwilling to allow fiscal sanity back into their ranks, term limits may be the only answer. As long as they are in power, nothing is likely to change. Term limits would eliminate that problem. While it is true term limits would possibly raise their own set of issues, I’m not so sure it wouldn’t be a big improvement on the status quo we are currently facing.

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As long as the leadership of any political party remains entrenched, it is unlikely they will relinquish their hold on that power willingly. Clearly, we need new leadership in the Republican Party, both in and out of Congress. If the old guard is unwilling to step aside and allow new blood to come into play, new blood that wants to bring fiscal conservatism back into the fold, then we need to take it on ourselves to vote them out of office. Because that seems so impossible to do with Republicans such as John Boehner, then term limits may be the only way to accomplish that goal.

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One thing I am positive about, John Boehner needs to be deposed as Speaker of the House of Representatives. He is not representing the will of the members of his party and he should step down.

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  • This is just another indication that the moderates and liberals in the Republican Party are in charge on the national level. Anyone who’s been paying attention knows Boehner is no conservative. As long as the Republicans have leadership like Boehner they should get used to having Harry Reid run the Senate and picking up a visitor’s badge when they go grovel to whichever Democrat will currently be in the White House. Until true fiscal conservatism returns to the Republican Party they will continue to struggle at the polls. And I think you’re right, Larry, Boehner will make a deal with Obama that will make the fiscal situation even worse. And then the Democrats and their friends in the media will blame the Republicans for the aftermath.

  • It’s all an exercise in futility. Voting for them and sending political contributions just encourages them to greater acts of social vandalism and public larceny.

    What enduring thing did the Reagan years accomplish? It’s all been trampled by the feral pigs of both parties.

  • Sadly, we conservatives may have to admit that what the libertarians have been telling us for a long time is true, ours really is a one party system.

  • Mike

    The 2010 election resulted in a sea change in the politcal landscape not just in Congress but in state legislatures across the country. The gerrymandering that followed to redraw district line should have provided a further boon to the GOP majority in Congress; but instead the GOP actually lost ground. Without the gerrymandering I expect it would have been even worse. I think that says that the Tea Party pulled the GOP too far to the right and the resulting inactivity in Congress was placed squarely on the GOPs shoulders.

    You guys really underestimate the incredible impact the Tea Party has had on Republican doctrine. No, Boehner is not a genuine conservative but he gets the fiscal conservative principles and is doing a darn good job of negotiating hard for the best possible conservative outcome without taking the country over the cliff. The economy cannot come to a screeching halt and change directions as you would prefer. It has to be incremental but the bigger the increments the better. But some increment is better than none at all which is what we’ve had these past few years. The President won the mandate for increased tax rates on the wealthy. His proposal for ending the fiscal cliff standoff is outrageous but Boehner came back with a good measured response. Tax rates on the wealthy will go up 1 or 2 points but not back to the pre-Bush rates — fine it won’t mean anything to the wealthy. Both sides “win.” Few if any jobs will be lost assuming there is additional meat on the bones of the deal. Cheer up, it’s not as bad as you think.

    • I have to differ with you on your assessment. I honestly fear that we will see a deal that raises taxes, but does not include substantive cuts in spending. Unless we see those cuts, raising taxes is going to do nothing to curb our debt and deficit. It’s almost humorous to see how many people believe raising taxes on the wealthy is going to cure our fiscal aliments. I’m not saying you believe that, because I know full well you believe spending needs to be curbed, but far too Americans hold that opinion.

      • It’s become pretty clear that the reason for raising taxes is to justify more spending, not reduce the deficit ala the $50 billion new “stimulus” package being proposed to sop up the new revenue gravy. You can use all the logic you want, but you can’t change a Dems nature.

  • Trouble is, replace Boehner with…WHO. There is no messiah in the wings able to smite the enemy.

    The Tea Party led us to a terrific victory for conservative principles in the 2010 mid-terms. Unfortunately they could not consolidate momentum into 2012. Now, either lead, follow or get out of the way.

    Repubs, conservatives, Tea Partiers and Libertarians in Washington are like deer in the headlights right now; frozen into inaction. It’s hard to watch. Obama is pulling the strings like a master puppeteer. And we just sit there and react to each yank.

    We need to craft a credible strategy, roll it out, seize the PR initiative at every step and let the chips fall where they may. The facts and logic are, after all, on our side. And if there’s someone other than Boehner who can pull it off, I’m anxious to hear their name. If there isn’t, we need to get behind our leader warts and all. Otherwise, Obama DOES have a mandate for his socialist policies for the next four years: one being granted him by the Washington Republicans.

    I’m waiting with fingers crossed.

    • I’m not sure who would be best to replace Boehner with, but I remain convinced he should be removed from his position as Speaker and leader of the congressional Republicans. I fail to see where he has done a good job of leading and he shows no signs of changing. I’m not suggesting he has an easy job, but he appears to be too willing to sell out conservatives for my taste.

  • I think what we are witnessing is that the GOP leadership believes the Tea Party peaked in 2010 and elected officials no longer need be “afraid” of them any longer. They view Obama’s re-election as a signal that voters don’t mind if taxes are raises and they’re afraid if they stick to an anti-tax platform they will lose more power. They are fighting within and are caving and this is a sign of that.

  • It’s very clear Boehner wants more progressive/moderate Republicans in these positions. Having said that, Justin Amash is a thorn in everyone’s side. He claims to be the most principled “Constitutional” Congressman while he votes against gendercide abortion bans and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. He’s basically a more extreme version of Ron Paul. I don’t know about the other guys Boehner chased but Amash is understandable.

  • Dragonconservative

    For now, there’s not much that the Republican Party can do. They just lost a presidential election that they could have won. They need to prepare for the 2014 midterm elections by making sure that they retain control of the House, possibly take the Senate, and retain control of individual states through the gubernatorial races. Then, in 2016, they need to win, or they’ll lose power for a long time, just as they did in 1936.

  • Steve Dennis

    And it gets worse Larry, it is now being reported that at a meeting today Boehner threatened to punish more conservatives if they didn’t toe the establishment line. Boehner has to go, if he showed this much passion while going after Obama over the last two years perhaps we wouldn’t be in this mess. This is very disappointing and it shows us that what the Republican leadership cares about more than anything else is protecting themselves.

  • Larry, Washington is about power and control. They want more power so they can exert more control over us. Limited government takes away their power. Fiscal sanity takes away their power. Lower taxes takes away their power. The less power they have the less they can exert control over us. So what incentive do Republicans have to limit government, lower taxes, and reduce spending? They don’t. It’s definitely time for Boehner to go and the only way I see to exert pressure to dump Boehner is to write the RNC and pledge you will no longer support the GOP as long as Boehner remains Speaker. I just sent my email to them about 30 minutes ago. I encourage everyone to do the same. The link is

  • Time to send him packing from leadership. 16 tea party votes will do it.