Do you have a question for House conservatives?

posted at 11:21 am on July 19, 2012 by Rob Bluey

House conservatives gather this morning to take your questions about taxes, sequestration and a range of other issues facing Congress in the coming weeks and months. It’s your opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill. Submit a question in the comments below.

Conversations with Conservatives runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET today. You can watch it below and also follow the action on Twitter (hashtag #CWC112) or Facebook. I’ll have the privilege of moderating.

Today’s gathering comes as lawmakers grapple with the major challenges heading into the upcoming August recess and beyond. With the Bush-era tax cuts expiring, Medicare payments to doctors ending, sequestration looming and the debt-ceiling possibly rising, there’s a lot at stake in the next six months. Add to that unfinished appropriations bills, which might not be done by Election Day or later.

Lawmakers also face a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government. A trio of Republican senators called on the House GOP to remove the threat of a government shutdown during the lame-duck session of Congress. Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) want action before the August recess to fund the government through early next year. Otherwise, they warn of Democrat mischief during the lame-duck session:

During that time, under the gloomy cloud of yet another government shutdown, members of Congress who lose in the 2012 elections can freely vote to raise taxes, increase spending, pass international treaties, increase the debt limit and gut national defense. They will never have to answer to voters again.

These important issues should not be decided in panicked moments. And it would be a complete disservice to the public if we chose to let an old Congress, completely unaccountable to voters, determine the major issues of our day.

We cannot give Reid this chance. Let us repeat: House Republicans need to pass the plan to keep the government funded through 2013 before the August recess.

Conversations with Conservatives is chaired by Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Jeff Landry (R-LA). Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Steve King (R-IA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) are also expected to attend.

The monthly event launched in March with the goal of giving free-market and liberty-minded members of Congress a greater voice on Capitol Hill. Members field questions from journalists and bloggers on Capitol Hill as well as an online audience.

Rob Bluey directs the Center for Media and Public Policy, an investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertBluey


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I would have a question for House conservatives if there were any House conservatives.

Dante on July 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Questions?

Yeah plenty…let me gather my thoughts for a moment.

Scrumpy on July 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Yeah. Where are their spines?

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

One question…when are you gonna grow a pair?

coldwarrior on July 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

What does the House plan to do to reign in the lawless Obama administration that arbitrarily enforces laws, contrary to the oath that the President took?

windbag on July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

And here’s the Heritage Foundation, champions of conservatism:

Romneycare apologists

No thanks, Mr. Bluey.

Dante on July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

What kind of commitment do House conservatives have to entitlement reform?

Follow-up: What are the chances that any entitlement reform will be bipartisan, to ensure that reforms endure regardless of which party is in power?

Mr. Prodigy on July 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

What does the House plan to do to reign in the lawless Obama administration that arbitrarily enforces laws, contrary to the oath that the President took?

windbag on July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

This question, until we get a satisfactory answer.

The Rogue Tomato on July 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I would have a question for House conservatives if there were any House conservatives.

Dante on July 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Shut down the comments section.

This sums it up nicely.

+5,000,000,000,000 Chinese Dollars

mankai on July 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

How do they plan on accomplishing stopping any of this; Bush-era tax cuts expiring, Medicare payments to doctors ending, sequestration looming and the debt-ceiling possibly rising, unfinished appropriations bills, remove the threat of a government shutdown during the lame-duck session of Congress etc etc etc…just for starters…

Answer your own questions…

Meh…

Scrumpy on July 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The monthly event launched in March

Would it be too much to ask that a link be provided to the published transcripts for the previous month’s?

socalcon on July 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

How does it feel to have less backbone than a prolapsed vag1na?

lorien1973 on July 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

When do they plan on cutting off funding from the DOJ until Holder and Obama agree to release all request Fast and Furious documents? The EO issued by Obama is illegal, so do something about it instead of worrying about your precious seats.

Bishop on July 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

why are you so afraid of, at the very least, an incompetent metrosexual?

GhoulAid on July 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Maybe next time you could give us a little less notice and just tell us how it went after its over??

Try to remember, CONSERVATIVES are the ones WITH jobs to plan around.

KMC1 on July 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

What action/plan is the House taking on Obamacare?

bluefox on July 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Have you stopped hating women, blacks, gays, Hispanics and public employees?

Why does the GOP want to bring back Jim Crow laws?

/My Lefty friends

mankai on July 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Shut down the comments section.

This sums it up nicely.

+5,000,000,000,000 Chinese Dollars

mankai on July 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Ted Poe and Steve King are great. You should listen to them.

VegasRick on July 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Is there any talk for serious R&D of nuclear fusion as a viable energy source?

nobar on July 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Any thought on moving insurance tax benefits away from employers to individuals (after O-Care is repealed) and opening up markets across state lines?

mankai on July 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Ted Poe and Steve King are great. You should listen to them.

VegasRick on July 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

No thanks.

Dante on July 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM

What does the House plan to do to reign in the lawless Obama administration that arbitrarily enforces laws, contrary to the oath that the President took?

windbag on July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

What he said! Why aren’t they impeaching the would be king for breaking his oath of office (you know, to defend the CONSTITUTION!) As John Adams and John Hancock said, “We recognize no sovereign but God and no king but Jesus.” Would that our “conservatives” would stand on that!

Christian Conservative on July 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

No thanks.

Dante on July 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM

You’re not welcome.

VegasRick on July 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

When are y’all going to start fighting back?

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

this comment thread is ripe for comedy

Yeah. Where are their spines?

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This was the first thing that popped in my head too.

There are just so so many things to ask… like, how much of taxpayer money does Boehner waste on orange spray tan?

Inquiring minds want to know!

johnnyboy on July 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

As John Adams and John Hancock said, “We recognize no sovereign but God and no king but Jesus.” Would that our “conservatives” would stand on that!

Christian Conservative on July 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Amen.

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

How do you plan to have Harry Reid stop running circles around you?

DanMan on July 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

With the president ruling by executive order and the supreme court in his back pocket, what is the point of congress anymore?

Dan_Yul on July 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Eric Holder is laughing in your face.
What are you going to do about that besides nothing…>

NeoKong on July 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

My question: How do we fix NASA?

JackForce on July 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Let’s mock our own. That really seems to help a lot. geez folks.

VegasRick on July 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

The monthly event launched in March with the goal of giving free-market and liberty-minded members of Congress a greater voice on Capitol Hill. Members field questions from journalists and bloggers on Capitol Hill as well as an online audience

…and what were the results of all this in March?…in April?…in May?…in June?

Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Lindsey Graham (Rat-SC) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) want action before the August recess to fund the government through early next year. Otherwise, they warn of Democrat mischief during the lame-duck session:

…what’s Linda Graham doing in this group?…usually she’s making mischief (retching across the aaisle) WITH the Democrats when our backs are turned!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

How ’bout keeping it concise:

WTF?

Longer version:

In 2010, you had the largest turnover in House seats in decades, and you’ve done what with it?

cthulhu on July 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Do they plan to take any action to overturn the president’s lawless actions in making recess appointments when Congress is not in recess, declining to “see that the laws be faithfully executed,” cutting off funding to the DOJ until it complies with Congressional suponeoa, cut funding for the DOE and EPA until the Keystone pipeline is approved and the EPA ceases unlawful expansion of its powers?

Those will do for starters.

Curmudgeon on July 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Yes, I have one:

A chain of uniform mass density per unit length hangs between two given points on
two walls. Find the shape of the chain. (Aside from an arbitrary additive constant,
the function describing the shape should contain one unknown constant.)

Thanks.

Hat Trick on July 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM

When will you dedicate funding to solar energy companies to wean us off of oil?

Bishop on July 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

This is an election year so the Congress digs the wax out of their ears and asks for questions, sorry but you have already answered my questions with your silence and not doing your job. I have to laugh when the politicians say that they represent the people, what BS, you do anything BUT represent the people. Closed door sessions, RHINO’s, you own the check book and the pen that writes the checks do you honestly think the American people are that stupid that we don’t realize what you have been doing for the last three and a half years? There are 435 people that have a staff of thousands that do their grunt work, my source is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_staff When we have people in the Congress of the United States that say things like, “We have to pass this Bill to find out what’s in it”, “Putting 5000 troops on an island would turn it over, wouldn’t it?” and this last one that we need to be an international community takes the cake. Give me a break about asking questions.

mixplix on July 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Do any of you have a degree in economics?!?!

/MSNBC

mankai on July 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Obama swore to uphold and defend the laws of the United States, so why isn’t Congress stopping him from writing Executive Orders that undermine and completely ignore laws passed by majorities of elected representives of the american people? Is Obama above the law? Can I pick and choose the laws I will obey or disobey? If so, then I refuse to pay federal taxes…

Oracleforhire on July 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

According to Senator Jim DeMint SC on Greta Van Sustern last night on Fox News. They are taking the month of August off, before they have reached an agreement to fund the federal government in the next fiscal year- starting in October. You know a month before the November election. According to Jim DeMint the democrats are trying to shut down the government when they come back in September for political points before people vote in November.

Why is John Boehner letting any of them leave on vacation without passing funding for the federal government for the next fiscal year?

Senator Jim DeMint already said he would be more than happy to stay in D.C. and pass this legislation.

I don’t see any reason that any of the law makers Senate or House, should take an entire month off with this hanging over the entire Country.

Really the republicans have to show some leadership in the fiscal responsibility arena if they want votes in November.

They are getting set up like bowling pins to be knocked down by motivated democrats that really want to hold onto their seats and add seats.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

And, the chum has been thrown in the water.

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

When will you dedicate funding to solar energy companies to wean us off of oil?

Bishop on July 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Finally, a sound economic plan for the future.

mankai on July 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Do you have a question for House conservatives?

Yes. If you were a tree would you wear boxers or briefs?

Seriously, what do you plan to do to address the Obama Administration’s Rules of Engagement, from our borders to the Afghan borders, which pretty much amount to “the only person allowed to shoot anything deadly at an enemy is the President when he orders a drone strike”?

Rocks on July 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yes. Why haven’t you requisitions the wood chipper and disposed of Boehner?

CorporatePiggy on July 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Now that Eric Holder has been found in contempt of Congress, what else can be done in order to get to the bottom of the murder of Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata and 200 Mexicans in the aftermath of Fast & Furious?

ted c on July 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Are you ever going to address the rising influence of the Muslim Brotherhood on this Administration?

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Questions? Sure.

Is anyone listening?

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The question I have is for most of the republicans.
Is it mandatory that you have you balls removed when you run for congress? You guys seem to be eunuchs when it comes to dealing with any democrat. You have allowed the democratic party to pervert the constitution. The current president has violated the constitution so many times and yet you do nothing. The national debt is an anchor around our necks and you do nothing.His abuse of the XO is unacceptable. Are you going to write any laws that limit that privilege in anyway?

ColdWarrior57 on July 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

My question: Why shouldn’t we fear a GOP takeover of all three branches of government? Don’t they need checks and balances too?

PattyJ on July 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

My question:

If the Republican leadership is seriously concerned about the fiscal catastrophe the country is heading quickly to, why don’t they display it? All talks about the debt ceiling, entitlement collapse, etc. all seem to be spoken in tones and language of academics and disconnect. It’s as if our dear leaders are not that all too concerned about the problem. If it is as serious as we all know it is, where is the passion and energy to stop it?

Weebork on July 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

PattyJ on July 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

most repub voters hold their reps to the constitution, we have that covered on our side honey

DanMan on July 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

If you were a cheese, what kind of cheese would you be?

I ask because every authentic question which will be asked of you is going to either be ignored or answered with boilerplate anyway, so what the hey.

Bishop on July 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

My question: Why shouldn’t we fear a GOP takeover of all three branches of government? Don’t they need checks and balances too?

PattyJ on July 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

That’s a good question PattyJ, and what have they done to earn a repeat of the 2010 mid term elections? Answer Not much.

Boehner can be counted on to fold like cheap lawn furniture.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

The GOP have been complicit, for generations, in the expansion of the power of the State.

No, I have no questions for you.

You are judged by your actions, not by your responses to questions.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Blah Blah Blah…

Quote: “You have allowed the democratic party to pervert the constitution. The current president has violated the constitution so many times and yet you do nothing. The national debt is an anchor around our necks and you do nothing. His abuse of the XO is unacceptable. Are you going to write any laws that limit that privilege in anyway?”
ColdWarrior57 on July 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

What you said hits the nail on the head…

This ‘conversation’ is waste of time…

Scrumpy on July 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM

most repub voters hold their reps to the constitution, we have that covered on our side honey

DanMan on July 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

B.S. how do you think they lost their majority in 2006 Abramoff ring any bells.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM

When do they plan on cutting off funding from the DOJ until Holder and Obama agree to release all request Fast and Furious documents? The EO issued by Obama is illegal, so do something about it instead of worrying about your precious seats.

Bishop on July 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

…what he ^ ^ ^ said!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Why not pass a House resolution ‘deeming’ that Obamacare never passed the House? If it can be deemed that a bill had passed, then logically it can equally be deemed that it had not.

It might or might not work, but it’d be prime entertainment!

PersonFromPorlock on July 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

So, why should Paul Ryan trust anyone in the congressional leadership after the knife they planted in his back before the 2010 midterm elections? Who cares if they bear hugged if afterward because that just speaks to their lack of integrity.

BigWillieStyles on July 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Obama is constantly attacking american idividualism, lazzie faire, acquired wealth, investments, hard-working, law abiding citizens; in short, the american way of life. If one extends the logic of his “redistribution philosophy” the next thing that will be in jeopardy (like the Russian Kulaks) will be private property!

Oracleforhire on July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

We need a new law that says if you are on welfare you don’t vote until you are off of welfare.

I’m sick of Democrats buying votes with my money.

Axion on July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

A favor:

Please do not use the phrase “Adults in the room.” It is as meaningless an expression as “Hope and Change”. Everyone is an adult in the room. Conservatives don’t use dopey, empty expressions and slogans, anyway. Those are reserved for the Left.

Weebork on July 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why aren’t you renovating your jail facilities and inviting the media in for a tour?

meci on July 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Will you vote on stopping the Base Line Budgeting?
Will you vote to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety when it counts with Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate?

jeffn21 on July 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Why don’t they start by de-funding Obamacare? At least de-fund HHS and the IRS implementations.

totherightofthem on July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Since the Republican House controls all the spending, why didn’t they dismantle the socialist federal government this year? The senate and the president can’t spend a nickel without House approval so you didn’t need their blessing and you didn’t need any bipartisan help in the House.

Shouldn’t you have at least ended food stamps and welfare? You are forcing me to support these parasites with my labor.

It’s illogical to have a situation where a Democrat congress advances government control and a Republican congress merely freezes it where the last Democrat congress left it. You need to dismantle it and make the Democrats start all over, and they won’t have the support to grown the government to its massive 2012 size again, so that is how you win a victory for smaller government. There will be some pain at first and the Republicans might lose some seats, but they’re gonna lose seats now and again regardless. You having a job isn’t the important thing.

Buddahpundit on July 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Bishop on July 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

…what he ^ ^ ^ said!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

ROTFLMAO… Every once in a while Bishop screws up and forgets himself and asks a real question… ;p

SWalker on July 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I would have a question for House conservatives if there were any House conservatives.
Dante on July 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Good grief! The possible chance to actually have a small contribution to the national dialog and you waste it just to be a smart ass.

Are you a goof or what?

Cleombrotus on July 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

No…really…When did Lindsey Graham switch sides and become a conservative?

trish333 on July 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM

How in the world is it that a man with fewer concrete “accomplishments” than BHO is still Speaker of the House?

Leadership starts at the top.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Can they come with a specific and uniform list of proposals in substitute for Obamacare and put it on paper? Liberals and “independents” are under the impression that they don’t care about healthcare and have no ideas.

michaelthomas on July 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

My question:
If the Republican leadership is seriously concerned about the fiscal catastrophe the country is heading quickly to, why don’t they display it? All talks about the debt ceiling, entitlement collapse, etc. all seem to be spoken in tones and language of academics and disconnect. It’s as if our dear leaders are not that all too concerned about the problem. If it is as serious as we all know it is, where is the passion and energy to stop it?
Weebork on July 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

This one.

Cleombrotus on July 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

How do you intend to de-fund the “policies” put in place by unelected agency heads or through EO’s? (See Andy McCarthy’s NRO column of 7/18) Why are you not more vocal in objecting to Obama’s EO’s that flout the existing law? (Do I need to spell them out?)

Why are you not sending the most-informed, most articulate, most personably assertive members of Congress to the talking-head programs when particular issues will be the topic du jour? Why are you relying on seniority to determine who represents the caucus’s views?

How are you preparing for the post-election period if/when Obama loses the election? What will you be doing to prevent damage from the WH and/or from the Dems?

onlineanalyst on July 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Do you have a question for House conservatives?

Sure. Do you know of any to ask?

Benaiah on July 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

How are you preparing for the next nonsense about raising the debt ceiling? Why are all members of Congress, not just the Senate, raising the point that the Senate has flouted its Constitutional duty to pass a budget?

onlineanalyst on July 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Why are you not showing in dollars-and-cents ads and television interviews what the expiration of the Bush tax rates and the implementation of Obamtax will mean to the average voter?

onlineanalyst on July 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Thanks Bluey for putting this up. Nice to see Conservatives speaking without filters!!

bluefox on July 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Please ask them if they intend to capitulate to the demands of liberal Democrats to raise the debt ceiling yet again. If so, please ask them to refrain from calling themselves conservatives.

trish333 on July 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

um, house conservatives? How many of those are there? I do not think that word means what they think it means.

astonerii on July 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Why are you funding the czars?
Why are you funding anything without a budget from White House?

Don L on July 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Do ya’ll have a set of brass ones that can stand there and take the B.S. from the Dems and stand strong?

ProfShadow on July 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Hat Trick on July 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM

What are the boundary conditions?

freedomfirst on July 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM

. If one extends the logic of his “redistribution philosophy” the next thing that will be in jeopardy (like the Russian Kulaks) will be private property!

Oracleforhire on July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Next thing? Haven’t you heard of Kelo?

Don L on July 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Where is the bill to place all government employees including the congress and the White House on Obamacare with horrendous penalties for working around that law?

Don L on July 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

most repub voters hold their reps to the constitution, we have that covered on our side honey

DanMan on July 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

All evidence to the contrary.

Dante on July 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM

So, why should Paul Ryan trust anyone in the congressional leadership after the knife they planted in his back before the 2010 midterm elections? Who cares if they bear hugged if afterward because that just speaks to their lack of integrity.

BigWillieStyles on July 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

You mean Paul Ryan who voted for TARP and the auto bailouts?

Dante on July 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

We need a new law that says if you are on welfare you don’t vote until you are off of welfare.

I’m sick of Democrats buying votes with my money.

Axion on July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I subscribe to that sentiment. I’d probably go further, but that’s a good start.

freedomfirst on July 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

About those Obama Executive Orders. Are any of them unconstitutional? I understand that they can be removed by an act of Congress. Is there one among you who will stand up for our Constitution? One with principles and courage that will stop this government by fiat?

trish333 on July 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Questions:
1)Republican controlled one chamber of Congress, while the Democrats controlled the other along with the White House. Knowing these facts, why haven’t House members taken the advise from Obama’s Simpson-Bowles commission and try to implement them? This would accomplish one of two things, that your ideas are bipartisan and/or the commission was for show only.
2) Why do House Republicans lay down the gauntlet on the budget? House leaders should have informed their Senate colleagues that they will pass a budget and bring it to committee conference (as the way our government works when both parties control one chamber of Congress) and inform the people that the Senate will be responsible if we are forced to shutdown the government.
We all know that we took a huge step forward in 2010 by regaining the House, but not enough to change course by 180 degrees. The House should have taken what it could (through Obama’s initiatives) and let the Democrats scramble for reasons not to enact them.

djaymick on July 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Republican held House: For the most part, you are a gutless bunch of self-serving bastards, only a slight degree from the Socialist Dem.s you offset.

No vacations, no funding for this crap-pile the Democrats have inflicted on our country. NO forgiveness for the criminals, such as Holder, and NO forgiveness for the criminals on the Right, either. What the hell are you waiting for?

trl on July 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I applaud conservatives when it comes to matters of economic freedom.

However when it comes to social freedoms such as gay marriage, the failed war on drugs, etc., they do an about face which is why I have a hard time supporting them on voting day.

My question is when do you suppose that conservatives will support freedom in all areas of life, so that I can join them? When will freedom become the primary trumping issue for conservatives as it ought to be?

Also, when can we expect a candidate to run that stop trying to do things for us, and promise to just leave us the hell alone? Ever?

jjrakman on July 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Yeah, I have a question or two for House Republicans:

Can any one of you clearly articulate the political philosophy that favors small government? Can you explain the relationship between the size of government and its impact on the rights of the individual? Can you explain the historic role private ownership has had in making men free? Can you articulate the moral and practical differences between a socialist country and a republic? Can you explain how a free market system contributes to human freedom and dignity? Can you make a defense of the original intent of the Constitution?

Would you be willing to learn?

ahem on July 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM

When are we going to tell the difference between those who supposedly regulate our financial institutions and those lthat are regulated?

Do you have any plans to pursue white collar Wall Street thuggery with the same enthusiasm we pursue crack addicts?

If not, why?

Do you plan on Subjecting yourselves to the same laws you pass?

If not, why?

i’ll hang up and listen.

rickyricardo on July 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

My favorite quote on here:

How does it feel to have less backbone than a prolapsed vag1na?

lorien1973 on July 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The current BIGGEST issue RIGHT NOW is the Presidential Signing Statements that obama keeps releasing. And NOT a word about them, that perhaps they are illegal and unconstitutional!!!!!
So, where are all the supposed conservative constitutional Republicans. Hiding behind other issues while ‘that’ guy keeps signing them!!!! So what if most Presidents have used them. It is time to put a stop to them. They are clearly illegal. And I have no hope to hear from any of you about this issue. As stated “how does it feel being a ‘prolapsed vagina’?
The current issue is:
Illegal Presidential Signing Statements
Illegal Presidential Signing Statements
Illegal Presidential Signing Statements
Illegal Presidential Signing Statements

boogieboy on July 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Now that Boehner’s proven to be a squish, are you going to kick him out of the Speaker’s seat next January?

TMOverbeck on July 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM

What surprised me is that so few members from the House participated in this. Their answers to the various isses reflected the problems that all good ideas have; getting them implemented and voted on. There are many bills that have been passed in the House, but as long as Reid is Majority Leader in the Senate, he won’t bring any up.

John Boehner is the Speaker & he is to blame for many options the House can take. The members can’t do anything on their own.

House & Senate Leadership are to blame in that what needs to be done isn’t being done.

I have the impression that these members that spoke today are just as aggravated as we are.

Replacing Boehner & Reid is the only way we can have any progress.

bluefox on July 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Yeah. I have one question for the so-called House conservatives.

How in the heck did you let this Obama turkey do so much damage with nary a walkout, or outright revolt?

dockywocky on July 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM

My question:

WTF? I mean really man, W—T—F?

Sinner on July 19, 2012 at 2:26 PM

About the rising price of corn…and food in general. Are you going to put an end to these subsidies in helping to lower the deficit and put to rest the fallacy of a greener fuel alternative?

plutorocks on July 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

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