SC Sen. Jim DeMint speaks out against $410 billion omnibus spending bill sure to pass today
Despite voting for John McCain in the 2008 presidential primary election and, as of only three days ago, having a I-95 interchange named for floundering Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the state of South Carolina is certainly turning out a few good, solid, principled conservatives.
Gov. Mark Sanford, reviled by left-leaning South Carolinians, led the charge when it came to state chief executives actually reading the Obama-Pelosi so-called “stimulus” bill to determine just how each and every provision would affect the citizens of their states, just what kind of strings were attached to money from the federal government. Imagine that — politicians who actually want to read legislation before deciding whether to act on it.
In my opinion, however, the real star of the past six-plus months has been South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, otherwise known as the South Carolina senator who does not stand firm with John McCain as he more than periodically reaches across the proverbial aisle in order to stick it to conservatives, or the South Carolina senator who did not dismiss patriotic American citizens as “loud folks” when they voiced their opinions about McCain’s comprehensive immigration reform–amnesty for illegal immigrants–bill.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Lindsey Graham. He was exceptionally nice and gracious on the limited occasions when I had the chance to deal with him while working for his hometown newspaper. Yes, Graham has been wrong on immigration, wrong on the original TARP bill, and wrong on a few other occasions, but he did stand fast with John McCain when the latter was advocating for the Iraq War “surge” designed by Gen. David Petraeus.
DeMint, however, has never deviated from principles, remaining strong when other conservatives have faltered. In the video above, he says pretty much what each of us have been thinking over the past few weeks. At longer than 16 minutes, it’s a fairly long video . . . but worth it.
In the meantime, I am looking forward to being in his state for a brief vacation next week, and moving there permanently next year. We love the weather, the people, the pace of life and pretty much everything else down there, but trading in Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Arlen Specter for Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. Jim DeMint will be an added bonus.