Republican Leaders Punish Conservatives
The Republican establishment punished four conservative representatives for not towing the party line. The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, removed four Republicans from their committee seats because they were unwilling to ignore their constituents and vote the way the party leadership instructed them to vote on legislation.
Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas have been removed from their seats on the House Budget Committee. Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona lost their seats on the House Financial Services Committee. Thus far, no explanation has been provided to the congressmen as to why they were removed from their seats. Although Leslie Shedd, spokeswoman for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, told Politico, “It had to do with their inability to work with other members, which some people might refer to as the a-hole factor.” I guess if you don’t tow the party line you’re an a-hole.
Reps. Amash and Huelskamp are not guilty of anything other than their inability to shed their principles and their allegiance to their country and constituents and fall in line with the Republican leaders in the House. The final straw for Speaker Boehner was when Amash and Huelskamp did not vote for their party’s official budget as crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan. Amash and Huelskamp not only refused to vote for the budget, but they also supported a conservative budget plan that would balance the federal budget in five years instead of the twenty-three-year plan proposed by Rep. Ryan.
The Republican Establishment is not concerned with balancing the federal budget or reducing the national debt; it is more interested in maintaining power and making sure principled individuals such as Amash, Huelskamp, Jones, and Schweikert are silenced.
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