Saxby caught in a lie

October 16, 2008 10:51 am

by Jason · 28 comments

Sen. Saxby Chambliss called into the local Republican talk show this morning to join in the bashing of Jim Martin.

Chambliss said the attack on the FairTax was to be expected because it’s all they have. He called Obama a socialist, something I don’t disagree with. Boortz interjected that Republicans have done a lot to grow the government, including the nationalization of financial institutions. Chambliss responded that the spending has been defense related to prevent future terrorist attack.

Wrong, Sen. Chambliss.

Non-defense discretionary spending skyrocketed under the Bush Administration and a Republican-controlled Congress. You can cut taxes all you want, but it doesn’t mean much if you aren’t balancing it with spending cuts. That’s the reason we are running $450 billion deficits and why the dollar has gone to hell. I want the tax cuts, but I want spending cuts too. You failed that test, Sen. Chambliss.

Sen. Chambliss has crowned himself as a small government conservative. That is absurd. Chambliss has never gone against the Bush Administration on spending. He voted to add another entitlement to Medicare, which was already a ticking economic time bomb because of massive unfunded liabilities, with the prescription drug benefit. Chambliss voted to add another $9 trillion in unfunded liabilities to it. That burden will ultimately come down on taxpayers. This entitlement was referred to as “the most fiscally irresponsible piece of legislation since the 1960s,” by former Comptroller General David Walker.

He voted for and supported the veto override of the pork-laden farm bill. This bill hurts Americans by jacking up prices at the grocery store. He supported the Gang of 10 plan to increase taxes by $30 billion on oil companies. And, let’s not forget the gift $812 billion gift he helped send to Wall Street.

If Saxby Chambliss is the model of a small government conservative, then Barack Obama is a moderate. Really, Democrats should love Saxby Chambliss. He has helped bring the big government that Clinton and Cleland promised.

Disclosure: Jason Pye is on staff with Bob Barr 2008 and is a member of the Libertarian Party of Georgia Executive Committee.

Bill Simon October 16, 2008 at 11:13 am

Jason,

I caution you against immediately labeling what Saxby said as a “lie” that he knew was a lie.

I contend (and, have done so for YEARS) that Saxby is nothing other than an empty-suit who is only able to patter what Bush says to him and what any other Republican-hack says to him.

The Democratic Party is led by crooks (and it has been that way for years).

The Republican Party is led by morons, and it has been that way since Bush got elected.

It’s the battle of The Corrupt vs. The Stupid.

IndyInjun October 16, 2008 at 11:18 am

In this case the Senator has been PAID to be “stupid.”

btpull October 16, 2008 at 11:39 am

The record the Federal Budget increase from $1.8 Trillion to $3.0 Trillion between 2001 and 2009.

The $1.2T increases is from:

$.4T National Defense
.2T Social Security
.2T Medicare
.1T Income security (i.e. Housing Assitance, unemployment, disability)

btpull October 16, 2008 at 11:40 am

.1T Health Care Services
.2T Other

RuralDem October 16, 2008 at 12:10 pm

So, Buzz, since you’ve called the DSCC out for their ad, will you call Saxby out as well for failing to be honest?

AtlConservative October 16, 2008 at 12:21 pm

I’m not a fan of Saxby. I have been quite upset with him for the past several months. I’m not sure how I’m going to vote – EXCEPT I will NOT vote for Martin no matter what! Saxby has completely lost his mind and his Republican values, but Martin? He’s just awful!

Doug Deal October 16, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I agree with Bill. Our Senators are big empty suits and it is doubtful they understand much of anything they vote on, except what their handlers and backers tell them to do.

Ga Values October 16, 2008 at 3:02 pm

AtlConservative

Allen Buckley is the only Conservative in this mess.. Saxby is a socialist controlled by Lobbyist..

http://www.buckleyforsenate.com/welcome.asp

ramblinwreck October 16, 2008 at 3:49 pm

One way to fix this is to repeal the 17th Amendment. Do you think Saxby and Johnny would have voted for the bailout with calls against at 100:1 if they thought the legislature could have recalled and replaced them as could have happened before the 17th was enacted?

Excuse the pipe dream. Of course all this will be better when comrade Obama is sworn in. Don’t worry be happy. Ask Joe the plumber.

AtlConservative October 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm

ramblin’ – what are you talking about? How does the 17th change the situation?

The Seventeenth Amendment (Amendment XVII) of the United States Constitution was passed by the Senate on June 12, 1911 and by the House on May 13, 1912. It was ratified on April 8, 1913 and was first put into effect for the election of 1914, during the Progressive Era, with the support of the political group known as the “Progressives”. It replaces Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution to the extent that it provides for the direct election of Senators by the people of a state rather than their election or appointment by a state legislature. Also, it allows the governor or executive authority of each state, if authorized by that state’s legislature, to appoint a Senator in the event of an opening, until an election occurs.

Bill Simon October 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Maybe he meant the 14th Amendment…?

Or, maybe he meant the 12th Amendment?

Darn! Why do we have all these numbers to deal with in this here Con-stit-u-tion?

Ronald Daniels October 16, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Atl,

ramblinwreck is saying that if the Senators were not directly elected and could be recalled by State Legislatures at any time, the two Georgia Senators would not have voted for the bailout. Essentially, the bailout was so unpopular that the State Legislature would feel the reverberations and axe the Senators who voted for it. So out of fear of being removed, the Senators would have note voted in favor of the bailout.

concernedhall October 16, 2008 at 6:24 pm

I seriously doubt this State Legislature would recall anyone even if they could. The General Assembly has become a mini-washington.

Doug Deal October 16, 2008 at 7:26 pm

I don’t think a legislature could recall a senator, otherwise there would have been no reason to specify 6 year terms divided into 3 classes, or allow a governor to appoint one. The legislature could simply appoint and recall the senators at their whim and have them serve whatever length of term they wanted.

ramblinwreck October 16, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Ronald, thank you, that’s exactly what I meant. Sorry for not explaining it better. Now, if Saxby for instance, is reelected he’s bullet proof for another 6 years and voting for him simply rewards his bad liberal behavior.

kcordell October 16, 2008 at 7:45 pm

All 3 candidates were supposed to appear on our local radio show and take questions from callers. Saxby didn’t want to face tough questions so he called in 20 minutes late. It didn’t leave any time for many questions. The host refused to ask him about his son’s lobbying actions and the entire segment boiled down to Saxby telling us that “the aveage voter didn’t understand the bailout bill” and that there was “no pork in the bill.”

Game Fan October 16, 2008 at 7:52 pm

In my world politicians are simply a continual threat, a hindrance and a distraction, an “inconvenient truth” if you will.

Harry October 18, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Speaking of lies. It now appears Obama and Bill Ayers shared an office for at least three years around 1999-2001, at 115 S. Sangamon Street, 3rd floor, Chicago. Obama’s spokesman had said they encountered one another “occasionally”. Right. The NY Times described Obama and Ayers as having “crossed paths”. Check. There’s strong evidence to suggest that Ayers ghosted Obama’s book.

Another guy in the same office was Michael Klonsky, a leader of the New Communist Movement.

More nails in the coffin.

rugby fan October 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Goodness Harry,

couple this information (highly conclusive proof that the two want nothing more than America’s extinction) with those multiple chain emails I’ve received that Obama is the Anti-Christ and this campaign is done!

And to think all this time the McCain campaign has said, now, finally, Ayers will start to get traction!

So tell me, was it over lunch or tea that Ayers and Obama plotted America’s downfall?

Harry October 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm

It just speaks to Obambi’s niavete and lack of judgement, considering that he was attempting to break into national politics.

However, McCain is correct to say Obambi’s a socialist. Obambi wants to “spread the wealth”.

And I’m sure Ayers and probably Klonsky coached the little guy on how to be a good socialist.

rugby fan October 19, 2008 at 9:11 am

So a lack of judgment means you need to know your office building’s floormates? Is the GOP slipping further and further into absurdity?

Bill Simon October 19, 2008 at 9:51 am

Rugby,

Are you in favor of the confiscation of wealth from one group of people and “spreading it” around to everyone else?

IndyInjun October 19, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Saxby is in favor of wealth redistribution – from frugal, middle class Georgians TO his Wall Street patrons.

– The very Wall Street firms who get the $750 billion Saxby bailout have announced 10% of that amount in bonuses to be paid by the end of the year.

-Meanwhile, savers are looking at interest rates going to zero while the $trillions in combined bailouts are paid to Wall Street and FOREIGN INVESTORS. The savings of Americans are to be conflagrated to nothingness by inflation. Thanks to Saxby, that is our future and present.

Saxby Chambliss is the biggest income/wealth redistributionist in Georgia history.

rugby fan October 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Bill:

No.

Glad to see you are learning some of the tenets of Communism.

Bill Simon October 20, 2008 at 1:20 am

Rugby,

Are you voting for Obama?

rugby fan October 20, 2008 at 11:27 am

Nice try Bill.

I never say who I will vote for, but I have long been an advocate of Saint Michael Jesus Archangel for President.

rugby fan October 20, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Hey Harry:

Keep up the Ayers line. Its working wonders.

http://abcnews.go.com/PollingUnit/Politics/story?id=6067150&page=1

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