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Revolutionary Ted Poe Sips His Tea In The Harbor

Texas Congressman Ted Poe has been on a revolutionary roll lately. He’s warned about a secret taxacrat conspiracy within the government and he’s been giving a whole lot of speeches warning that the American people are fed up with government spending. This week, in a speech entitled, The People’s Resistance, Representative Poe said,

Freedom’s bell has sounded across this Nation. It is loud; it is clear. The people’s resistance to big, bloated government has begun in the hearts and minds of the American people.

It was shown in their actions over the weekend. Over a million Americans took time off from work, gathered up their families, made their signs, brought their flags and came to D.C. with the cry for government to listen. Their message to Congress and the administration: We have had enough.

They have watched in stunned horror as this Congress has made government bigger and less accountable. Congress has lavishly spent trillions of their tax dollars, money that does not belong to the government, but to the people.

Now the threat of a government takeover of their health care has made it personal to them. It doesn’t matter how many times it’s said otherwise, the American people understand what government-run health care looks like, and they don’t like it.

Thomas Jefferson once said: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” But the tide is turning, Mr. Speaker. The American resistance is awake and on its feet and on the move. People are not happy, and we ignore them at our own risk.

And that’s just the way it is.

ted poeCongressman Poe clearly realizes that, although he stands in the government himself, he can gain a good deal of political support by appealing to the anti-government Tea Party protesters. Whether Poe actually works in alignment with the ideals of the Tea Party protests is another matter.

Ted Poe may give angry speeches against spending in which he even hints at an overthrow of the government of the USA. When he gets down to work in Congress, though, Poe acts to expand big government spending.

Within the space of just five weeks this summer, Representative Poe crafted 23 earmarks to create extra government spending for his pet projects. As much as Poe claims to oppose increasing government spending on health care, five of Poe’s own earmarks were written to increase government spending on health care projects.

One of those projects sticks the American people with the bill for a project at the Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital. That project is designed not to improve the health care patients receive at the hospital, but merely to improve the appearance of the hospital to make it appear more stylish.

Ted Poe is against wasteful government spending like Orville Redenbacher is against popcorn.

And that’s just the way it is.

5 comments to Revolutionary Ted Poe Sips His Tea In The Harbor

  • qs

    Props to him. He’s just trying to get some of the stolen money back for his district.

    All the other congress critters are trying to get earn marks for their districts so you have to make sure your district is represented.

  • He’s getting the people’s stolen money back to the hospital decorators, qs?

    What makes this kind of government spending better than other government spending, qs?

  • He’s getting the people’s stolen money back to the hospital decorators, qs?

    What makes this kind of government spending better than other government spending, qs?
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  • C Fuller

    I am a Republican and constituent of Congressman Poe. I have been fairly happy with his performance since the beginning of this year (especially his early support of HR1207, the “Audit the Fed” bill). However, I have been pretty critical previously to the extent of voting for the Libertarian candidate this past election cycle. Funny that Republicans don’t act like their base expects them to until they are a complete minority, so I call hypocrisy.

    While I agree that appropriations for one’s own district is simply a way for congress critters to get money back into their districts that never should have left in the first place, some of it, such as the project listed in this article, is downright wasteful. If he really cared about saving taxpayers money, he wouldn’t be quite so hawkish on “promoting democracy” abroad, nor the failure we know as the “War on Drugs”.

    “Pork”, a term that needs to be changed to “re-election scheme”, really is inconsequential as a percentage of the entire budget. Why aren’t we railing against all of the functions for which federal government has absolutely no authority to perform under our constitution? So, it amuses me to no end when folks argue over something as minute as “earmarks”, yet remain silent on those items that directly threaten liberty (which I haven’t seen in my lifetime).

    “Earmarks”, a term that is often confused with the term “Pork”, aren’t a bad thing at all. IMHO, every dime in the federal budget should have a stated purpose (or “earmark”). Otherwise, it’s just a big pot of money (your money, foreign money (loans), as well as counterfeited money (inflation of the supply of currency)) that can be used as the bureaucrat in charge sees fit. We should be demanding “earmarks”, in the true sense of what the term really means.

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