Poor Collin Peterson. According to the Star Tribune, he’s struggling for “relevance.”
Moderates used to be a “powerful voting bloc,” as the article says “leaders from both parties coveted their swing votes on legislation ranging from federal health care to budget bills.”
In other words, both parties needed moderate votes to make government larger, whether by more regulation or more spending.
Last night, “Plan B” ended when Speaker John Boehner realized he didn’t have enough votes to pass it. Maybe there’s a new “powerful voting bloc” in Washington DC – members of the US House Republican caucus who realize government is too big and spends too much.
In addition to the “fiscal curb,” there’s also a sense of urgency regarding the Farm Bill and wind subsidies. Both of these bills represent more spending. Let’s see if this group is really committed to controlling to the size and scope of government. After all, we have a $16,000,000,000,000 cavity to fill.
Cross posted at noranndillon.com