Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) exhorted Republicans Friday to rally against fiscal excess, promising a conservative crowd that the country is “on the verge of a great American awakening.”
Pence, the House GOP conference chairman, said the simmering unrest that led to tea parties since the spring and the march in Washington last month reflected a country angry about the expansion of government.
“It’s authentic and it’s real and it’s powerful and it’s American,” Pence told about 2,000 conservatives at the annual conference of Americans for Prosperity, a free-market group.
The five-term Hoosier said of the movement: “The politicians aren’t leading this. They shouldn’t be leading it. They’re the ones that created this mess.”
How did Mike Pence pull off this speech so well? Consistency. Pence can say what many others in DC can not say, because of hypocracy. Pence does not have to worry about it. When President Bush and Congressional leaders spent like druken sailors in 2006, Pence and the Republican Study Committee walked the walk and offered a balanced budget. This was when fiscal conservatism was not cool in either party.
Pence delivered fire at both parties, mostly the democrats, but the Republicans can not be left off the hook for the 2002-2008 years. Pence can. He voted against them all, and most importantly, the bailouts.
Pence's quotes on the bailout and deal when he voted against it.
""Ask yourselves why you came here and vote with courage and integrity to those principles. If, like me, you came here because you believe in limited government and the freedom of the American marketplace, I urge you vote in accordance with your convictions. Stand up for limited government and economic freedom. Stand up for the American taxpayer. Reject this bailout and vote no on the emergency economic stabilization act,"
"“"The last time I heard that, I was on a used car lot. The truth is, every time somebody tells you that you've got to do the deal right now, it usually means they're going to get the better part of the deal."
This wasn't just in 2008 when Pence railed against this. In 2006, the same thing happened.
Mike Pence in 2006, after the dems took over Congress.
After 1994, we were a Majority committed to a balanced federal budget, entitlement reform and the principles of a limited federal government. We delivered on balanced federal budgets, welfare reform and responded to a national emergency with defense spending, homeland security and tax cuts that put our economy back on its feet.
However, in recent years, to the chagrin of millions of Republicans, our Majority also voted to expand the federal government's role in education by nearly 100% and created the largest new entitlement in 40 years. We also pursued domestic spending policies that created record deficits, national debt and earmark spending that has embarrassed us and caused many Americans to question our commitment to fiscal responsibility.
Right now, the people are skeptical of the government, including Mr. Obama. They are downright distrustful of Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid. We've had in the first year of Mr. Obama's reign government bailouts, an auto industry takeover, government stimulus that does nothing positive for the economy, jobs killing cap and trade in the name of so called global warming (it's already been cold enough to snow in parts of Michigan before it became October), and now, we have an attempt to take over the health care industry. This is big government on steroids.
The biggest thing the Republicans must do is gain back trust of the people. That starts with a giant rejection of "big government lite" that President Bush gave us. What is needed is a return of limited government, which gave us 1994. Pence gave our party a model to follow. It's time for the GOP to live up to those principles, both at the state and federal level. If that gets done, we'll take back Congress and Michigan in 2010.