Nick Gillespie: Now Let’s Replace All the Other Big-Spending Eric CantorsPosted: June 12, 2014 Filed under: Politics | Tags: Daily Beast, Declaration of Independents, Eric Cantor, Jay Leno, National Rifle Association, Nick Gillespie, Rand Paul, United States 2 Comments
Eric Cantor was a noxious, cookie-cutter, U.S. Chamber, GOP hypocrite. We need legislators who don’t just talk limited government but do it.
“On spending and economic issues, he was atrocious and hypocritical in all the ways that a Republican can be.”
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Cantor was what passes for a small-government conservative. Which is to say that Cantor was in favor of shrinking the size and scope of government…except for the endless list of exceptions that allowed him to help grow federal spending by more than 50 percent in real terms, and regulatory spending by even more, during the Bush years.
You know the drill: As a “conservative,” Cantor wanted the government out of people’s lives because FREEDOM-FOUNDING FATHERS-CONSTITUTION. Yet Cantor was anti-gay marriage and anti-abortion (he even wanted to prohibit adults from transporting minors across state lines if they were getting abortions). Because the federal government really should dictate all that, right? He endorsed a constitutional amendment against flag burning because free expression doesn’t mean you can actually express what you mean. He was pro-gun or, more specifically, pro-National Rifle Association. He was pro-drug war. Nothing unique or interesting there.
He wavered ever-so-slightly on immigration reform, meaning that he believed some children of immigrants shouldn’t be punished for their parents’ transgressions (big of him, really, at least in a GOP context). But he voted to build a militarized fence along our border with Mexico, pulled a 100 percent rating from the xenophobes at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and he wanted English to be the official language of America (what’s Mexican for WTF?). He loved the national security state (including virtually unchecked surveillance of Americans as well as foreigners), defense spending, and wars (especially when a Republican was in the White House). He voted for No Child Left Behind, the single-biggest increase in federal control over education because education is an issue best dealt with at the local level, unless conservative Republicans run the country.
On spending and economic issues, he was atrocious and hypocritical in all the ways that a Republican can be. Of course he voted for the 2003 expansion of Medicare to include prescription drugs, even as he voted against allowing Medicare to negotiate cheaper prices for that unwarranted giveaway to the nation’s seniors…(read more)
- Eric Cantor Loss: One Down, 200 More Small-Government Fakers to Go (reason.com)
- Eric Cantor Defeated By Conservative Challenger David Brat (dailycaller.com)
- Looking Back at the Tea Leaves on Cantor (nationalreview.com)
- Eric Cantor “Let’s Solve Immigration Crisis I Created with ‘Kids Act’ By Caving In to Obama’s Amnesty Plan” (varight.com)
- Cantor Cancels Keynote Address to Pro-Amnesty Group After Primary Loss (breitbart.com)
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