Advice to the new Congress …

from former Senator Fred Thompson.

“…Don’t judge yourself by the number of bills you pass, and your legislative achievements. Don’t pay any attention to what these pundits around here say, how they brag on the lame duck Congress because X number of bills were passed. Stay committed to the agenda…”

Excellent advice.

Remember “we the people” are watching to make sure you stay committed to the agenda.

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$100 billion is a good start

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner and his new tea-party fueled colleagues are laying the groundwork for what would be, in absolute terms, the largest reduction ever in federal discretionary spending.

During the recent midterm elections campaign, Republican leaders pledged to reduce non-entitlement spending by a whopping $100 billion.

Doing so would effectively roll back the federal government’s non-entitlement spending to 2008 levels, budget experts tell Newsmax.

“I’m here tonight to tell you that our new majority will be prepared to do things differently,” Boehner declared after the elections, “to take a new approach that hasn’t been tried before in Washington by either party. It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it . . . Reducing the size of government instead of expanding it.”

Democratic leaders, keenly aware that budget cutting will draw bitter opposition from special-interest groups, seem almost amused by the “rollback to 2008” mantra that Boehner and the freshman GOP members of Congress have enthusiastically embraced. The newly re-elected leader of House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, said Wednesday she welcomes Republican proposals.

But Pelosi’s openness figures to change once the 112th Congress gets down to business. Experts on the federal budgeting process tell Newsmax there is little doubt that Republicans will move quickly to trim federal spending.

“The Republican leadership has committed to this $100 billion cut,” says Brian Riedl, lead budget analyst for the Heritage Foundation. “I expect them to do everything in their power to enact it. They’re on the record, they ran on this, and if it’s brushed aside there would be harsh political consequences.” (Source: NewsMax)

The big question is will all the talk become actual action once the 112th Congress starts in January.

The fact is this type of boldness is needed to avoid going over the cliff when it comes to uncontrolled spending.

Whether the special interests like it or not, government needs to tighten its belt.

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Ribble feels like Jimmy Stewart

Interesting, but not surprising.

The 8th Congressional District’s new congressman has never held elective office before. So Republican Reid Ribble says he feels a bit like Jimmy Stewart in the 1939 classic movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

“Matter of fact, when I won my election I got four copies of it as gifts,” he said

Ribble says it’s impossible not to be impressed by the surroundings of more than two centuries of making law.

“You stop and it does make you pause and say ‘Look at the giants of American history who have served here’, guys like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln,” Ribble said. “You look at how the American people view Congress today with an approval rating of less than 20 percent.”

Ribble says this freshmen class hopes to reclaim that image over the next two years.

Hopefully Congressman-elect Ribble and the other newcomers to the Washington D.C. scene remember why they were elected.  If they remember that and understand “we the people” will be holding their feet to the fire that image will be reclaimed.

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Pelosi plans a party

Will Nancy be playing this song at her celebration tomorrow?

Outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi plans to host a celebration Wednesday afternoon to recognize “The accomplishments of the 111th Congress.”

Pelosi’s planned event — which coincidentally coincides with her decision to run for Democrats’ House Minority Leader position for the upcoming 112th Congress — is reportedly meant to offering congressional Democrats an “opportunity to reflect on the party’s legislative victories over the past two years,” The Hill reports.

Some of the most significant “victories” Democrats will toast Wednesday include the passage of landmark health care overhaul legislation, financial regulatory reform, as well as climate and energy legislation.  Yet each of these so-called “accomplishments” seemingly contributed to last week‘s wave of Democratic electoral losses as voters rejected the party’s lurch to the left. (Source: The Blaze)

Interesting that the Democrats have chosen to party instead of deal with major issues like the impending Obama tax hikes.  But after the destruction they’ve unleashed on the country the last two years perhaps it’s better that they don’t deal with anything.

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