I attended a townhall, sponsored by the Walker County Republican Party, in LaFayette on Monday evening. It was a well-attended event organized by Walker GOP Chairman Matt Williamson. The topics covered federal, state, and local concerns. I had to leave early, but I was able to catch the update from our own Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14).
One of the topics that the Congressman discussed were the victories that conservatives have actually made since taking the House in 2010. Here are a few that he discussed:
- The UN Arms Trade Treaty cannot be funded or implemented.
- Obamacare’s Risk Corridor program is prohibited from receiving a taxpayer bailout.
- There is no funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
- Race To The Top, a main driver of Common Core, was eliminated.
- ACORN and its subsidiaries are prohibited from receiving federal funds.
- The Export-Import Bank expired on June 30, 2015 and has not been renewed.
- The House and Senate both passed legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline (ultimately vetoed by President Barack Obama)
- Actually passing a budget since President Obama took office in 2009.
With the exception of the Keystone pipeline, the list above is a sampling of the legislation signed into law by President Obama. In addition to that, discretionary spending is lower today ($1.013 trillion) than what was proposed ($1.019 trillion) in the “Path To Prosperity” budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan and received overwhelming support from conservatives back in 2012.
We are on the right track and heading towards a good direction towards reducing federal spending. I know there are some who want to use the fun words of “slash”, “gut”, “cripple”, “destroy”, “decimate”, etc. to describe how they would budget federal spending. It’s not ideal, but in spite of the noise the “silent base of the Republican Party” is making about how awful everything our Party does, at least we can hang our hat on a few victories. It doesn’t mean we should stop and say our mission is complete. It’s not, but I believe it’s good to be encouraged by being reminded of what has been done.