Mr. Kelly goes to Washington

posted at 11:20 am on June 24, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

When we sent the new class of freshman off to Washington after the 2010 cycle, we knew – or at least hoped – there were going to be some “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” moments where real people stepped up to challenge the beltway status quo. While it’s hardly the first, one of the better ones took place this week when Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) reminded us all that the budget talks are still underway he’s not really enjoying the process.

I’m trying to understand the criticism of Mr. Ryan’s budget from the side that didn’t even have the courage to pass a budget. To sit there now and rail about Mr. Ryan’s budget, about how it’s so ineffective and how it doesn’t work is, to me, the greatest, most hypocritical statement I’ve heard since coming here. And I’ve got to tell you something… I’m not speaking as a Republican here, I’m speaking as an American. You want to know why the public opinion of Congress is so low? It’s because we don’t listen.

If you want to start the reelection campaign and the strategy for 2012 now, that’s fine. But how about we just fix what’s broken? Instead of standing here pointing fingers at each other, let’s quit spending money we don’t have, let’s not keep borrowing money and using our kids and our grandkids as note signers.

Let’s stop railing against the really wealthy, because I’ve got to tell you something. As a guy who has had to pay his own way his whole life I am greatly offended by the idea that somehow somebody in Washington knows how to spend my money better than I do. That somebody in Washington knows how to regulate me to the point where I can’t even borrow money any more. You want to talk about people who are afraid? The small banks. They’re scared to death to do anything. Why? Because their government has such onerous regulations on them anymore that they don’t know about the rules and the regulations that have been put through or haven’t even been written.

So when you want to sit back and talk about these wealthy, evil people… you want them to spend money? Make their future certain.

Watch the video. It’s one of the best you’ll see this week, I assure you.

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Amen Amen Amen! You tell Mr.Kelly!

red131 on June 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM

We don’t need to write rules down anymore or read the ones that already exist. Our President is a windtalker.

His words are law, much like Pharaoh.

Hening on June 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

“Pipe down, Mr. Kelly, we’re trying to get along here.”

-seedless GOP lifers

Bishop on June 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Here, I’ll help you get 1,000 posts……………

Palin/Kelly!!

BacaDog on June 24, 2011 at 11:26 AM

We need more Mike Kelly’s to separate the wheat from the RINO.

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM

I like this guy!
So will most Americans* I predict
(*except for the liberal/whacko socialist/marxists/communists)

Amjean on June 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

That was refreshing. Finally a congressman with a clue and the stones to call them on the carpet.

txsurveyor on June 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Good job Tea Party for backing this guy! He could be a poster politician for the Tea Party. More like him 2012!

IowaWoman on June 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Well done Mr. Kelly!

Smooth Rooster on June 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

EVERYDAY!!!! CALL THEM ON IT EVERYDAY NONSTOP 24/7 IN FRONT OF EVERY CAMERA AND NEWS SHOW!!!!

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Bravo!! Bravo!! This may be the greatest extemporaneous speech since Daniel Hannan’s Devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government speech.

Buy Danish on June 24, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Please let the adults take charge.

Danny B on June 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Kelly2012

ConservativePartyNow on June 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Most excellent!

Hear hear!

cmsinaz on June 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Well said.

modnar on June 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

More common sense in a couple of minutes than you get from the entire Democrat leadership in a month of Sundays.

novaculus on June 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

That was good. A sober, clarion call. It wasn’t about him. That combination of detachment in analysis and true concern is what we need in our leadership. Like a surgeon. He both cares, and puts caring aside to do exactly what he has to do in the operating room. Kelly, telling it just like it is. If everyone in the Congress did that, we’d quickly have a responsible budget.

Paul-Cincy on June 24, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Excellent job! Washington really is broken. It’s hard to fathom that they borrower another $.42 on the dollar over what they take in from the citizens.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2011 at 11:37 AM

I saw him on a Face The Nation panel with some Democrats not long after the election…with Michelle Bachmann and up against Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Weiner!! Weiner was an abject weasel–I had no idea who he was at the time–and Debbie Dummy was sneering and condescending as usual I was impressed then with Rep. Kelly and remain impressed. I’m so glad people like him took the risk and decided to get involved in trying to stop this train wreck. (BTW Bachmann was no lightweight in that panel, either.)

Here’s the link for that panel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oK5WPW5j1w

theotherone on June 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Common sense, thrown as pearls before swine.

GarandFan on June 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Gentlemen, there is your keynote speaker for the 2012 Republican National Convention …

PackerBronco on June 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Anthony Weiner hardest hit. Perhaps anyone that hasn’t ever NOT worked for the gov’t or a political think tank should not be allowed to be in these talks. /half sarc

MeatHeadinCA on June 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

How refreshing to hear a politician speak with that kind of candor.

Aronne on June 24, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Awesome!!!!

txmomof6 on June 24, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Because their government has such onerous regulations on them anymore that they don’t know about the rules and the regulations that have been put through or haven’t even been written.

It’s probably the most insidious attack on liberty that these statists are perpetrating. They are making everything so convoluted that it’s impossible to be sure you are in compliance. From the tax code right down to local regulations, no matter how many professionals you hire to help you, it’s usually not possible to know for sure you are safe when you commit the sin of doing something productive/constructive.

Then the Vogons from the Ministry of Compliance can come knocking at any time.

forest on June 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Gentlemen, there is your keynote speaker for the 2012 Republican National Convention …

PackerBronco on June 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Booyah!!!

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Pelosi is still blaming Bush.

IlikedAUH2O on June 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Do you compromise with a thief in court to get back half of your property?

The liberal agenda has stolen our private property should we let them keep it?

Speakup on June 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

434 more Mr. Kelly’s please.

fourdeucer on June 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Impassioned truth straight from the heart.

LOVED IT.

portlandon on June 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM

That’s the oldest freshman in the House, and he talks with the energy of an Allen West. I like this guy.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Nice

Kelly ’12 !!!!!!!

darwin on June 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Get rid of the lawyers and politicians and get more private sector alumni in our congress before it really is too late.

ctmom on June 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM

More! I want more! (clapping)

tinkerthinker on June 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM

The 111th didn’t pass a budget cause they were busy tweeting crotch shots.

Deafdog on June 24, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Proud to say that Mr. Kelly is from our town of Butler, PA, where he has a car dealership that bears his name.

He also played football at Notre Dame.

He’s just full of common sense, which explains why he isn’t being considered for a PA Senate run in 2012.

bcm4134 on June 24, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Encore, encore!! More like this please!

ExPat on June 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Palin/Kely 2012

ctmom on June 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

So refreshing to hear plain spoken truth!

tomshup on June 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Love his bio. Contrast and compare to career politicians (especially Community Agitator Barack Obama – particularly germane now because of his role dictating deals and management for Government Motors and his cronies in the U.A.W.).

Buy Danish on June 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM

If we had an unbiased press that wasn’t also an arm of the Democrat Party the outrage of the Greatest Country in the world going on two years without a budget would be a countdown in every headline!

CCRWM on June 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Just wait, the libs will start digging through his trash and everything else, trying to figure out how to destroy him.

Ward Cleaver on June 24, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Love his bio. Contrast and compare to career politicians (especially Community Agitator Barack Obama – particularly germane now because of his role dictating deals and management for Government Motors and his cronies in the U.A.W.).

Buy Danish on June 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Two big thumbs up for that bio, plus he’s from Pittsburgh – GO STEELERS!

Ward Cleaver on June 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Very Goldwater-esque.

More Kelly, please!

UltimateBob on June 24, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Two big thumbs up for that bio, plus he’s from Pittsburgh – GO STEELERS!

Ward Cleaver on June 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

My wife would definitely approve, being from that part of the state. :-)

UltimateBob on June 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

This post just made Memeorandum. Here’s hoping it gets a very wide audience!

Buy Danish on June 24, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Love his bio. Contrast and compare to career politicians (especially Community Agitator Barack Obama – particularly germane now because of his role dictating deals and management for Government Motors and his cronies in the U.A.W.).

Buy Danish on June 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM

He’s from my hometown. Butler now has another claim to fame besides the Jeep and biggest steel mill left in Pennsylvania.

forest on June 24, 2011 at 1:01 PM

That guy gets it. Props to those who put him in office.

visions on June 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM

There’s a VP slot waiting for you, Mr. Kelly.

Thank you. Wow.

paul1149 on June 24, 2011 at 1:08 PM

He’s just a Republican shill.
crr6on June 24,2011

docflash on June 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I’d like to see Mr. Kelly debate Mrs. Pelosi on national TV.

Danny on June 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

More Mr. Kelly. More More MORE!!!

See Republicans, and if it exists, sane Dems….this is what we’ve been saying.

capejasmine on June 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Pelosi is still blaming Bush.

IlikedAUH2O on June 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM

While the rest of the Dems are claiming the GOP is trying to sabotage the economy…

ladyingray on June 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Boy, what a racist, sexist homophobe – trying to kill old people, starve children and destroy women’s rights to basic medical care. Obviously part of the Republican plan to destroy the economy to make our President look bad for political gain.

eeyore on June 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Damn skippy! I hope this guy keeps the plug pulled and the rant on. I could feel my blood pressure and stomach acid both returning to healthy levels as he spoke.

Just on a therapeutic level I’m happy to hear this guy. And on a political level? Yeeeeeeah, baby!

Scribbler on June 24, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Hening on June 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Our President is a windtalker.

Is that Ukrainian for “Big, Stupid moronic blowhard?” :)

evilned on June 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM

That was the best five minutes I’ve spent in awhile. Total common sense…….which means that practically no one in that chamber listened.

VikingGoneWild on June 24, 2011 at 2:44 PM

That right there folks is just good old common sense talk!

ButterflyDragon on June 24, 2011 at 2:59 PM

A-freakin’-men

mankai on June 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM

forest on June 24, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Aren’t you lucky to have him!

Buy Danish on June 24, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Speaking against King Hussein puts his Gubment motors franchise at risk.

seven on June 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Speaking against King Hussein puts his Gubment motors franchise at risk.

No it doesn’t, the US has a minority stake in GM, although I hear you, Bush and Obama made a huge mistake in not letting the auto industry collapse. Huge mistake given the high demand for manufacturing labor in the Midwest.

The progressives may have Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Larry Ellison on their side, but I don’t see anyone like this guy in their ranks… he both inherited an auto dealership AND expanded it! Go choke on that Joe the Plumber, you chump…

bayam on June 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I’ve watched this 3 times and I love it!

I’m writing a thank you note to Congressman Kelly, and putting a check in it. I would recommend that every conservative reading this post do the same.

Perhaps if they realize that they could actually raise money doing so, we might see some more speeches like this.

You know, Mike Kelly is good. He could wipe the floor with Obama. We need a Republican candidate who can talk like this, with fire and passion and utter certainty and knowledge of the matters at hand.

Obama will never, ever be able to win a debate with a person like this. He can’t string two honest thoughts together and speak them aloud. He is ignorant – of history, of the Constitution, of God, and of the decent American people who work every day to create the wealth of this country. He has chosen to squander it by passing it along to his lefty buddies.

This must end NOW.

disa on June 24, 2011 at 5:36 PM

This is why it is in fact a good idea to have a businessperson with no prior political experience serve in the legislature. Amen.

sybilll on June 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Oh HECK yes!!!!!!! Bravo, Mr.Kelly, BRAVO!!!!

Now, EVERYONE post this on your FB & Twitter & Blogs.

TN Mom on June 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM