House Committee Appointments of Paul, Rogers and Upton Split Republicans

Ron PaulHouse Committee appointments this week of Ron Paul (pictured), Harold "Hal" Rogers and Fred Upton appear to be splitting Republican opinion, as many conservatives are lauding the 112th Congress's selection of Paul while bashing those of Rogers and Upton.

Rogers (R-Ky.), who was tapped to head the Appropriations Committee, vowed in a statement this week to lead efforts toward "cutting spending, bringing down record deficits, and reining in out-of-control agencies." His nickname of "The Prince of Pork" suggests otherwise, however.

Rogers, long known for seeking spending earmarks for his Eastern Kentucky district, has secured 135 earmarks worth $246.4 million over the last three years and was the fourth-largest earmarker last year, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing Taxpayers for Common Sense.

"You couldn't possibly choose to send a worse message to the people who just drove this election," Mark Meckler, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, told the Journal.

Internal Squabbling

Tea Partiers appear to be more pleased with the appointment of Paul (R-Texas) by Spencer Bachus, chairman-elect of the House Financial Services Committee, to head the Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee, which oversees the Federal Reserve. Paul, who ran for president in 2008, published a book titled End the Fed last year.

"This is the leadership team that crafted the first comprehensive financial reform bill to put an end to the bailouts, wind down the taxpayer funding of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and enforce a strong audit of the Federal Reserve," Bachus said in a statement Thursday.

The choices illustrate that political squabbling is far from over, despite the Republicans' taking the majority in the House majority in the Nov. 2 midterm elections. That squabbling appears to be further fed by the appointment of Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are among conservative commentators who've said in recent weeks that Upton's voting record isn't conservative enough to merit consideration, according to

"We will stand firm in our fight to repeal Obamacare, cut reckless spending, strip away the countless job-killing regulations, and spur job creation," Upton said in a statement Wednesday.

Among other GOP selections include Jeff Miller (Fla.), who'll head the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs, and John Kline (Minn.), who was tapped to chair the Education and Labor Committee.

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hi cat

the demoncrats ignored the majority of America on every issue under this regime since taking office in 2009. Why be surprised that even after they have been thrown out in 2010 they still have the gall to try to ram down our throats dreams and nightmares and such before they check out on 12-31-10. PS I think a flat fair tax would benefit all people who pay tax. Audits, austerity and cutting spending are the answer. Prosecute fraudsters don't protect them because you are on the gravy train.

December 11 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, it still amazes me that liberals look upon conservatives as some kind of Superman and Superwoman type of people (or is Wonderwoman better?). The Democrats are in complete meltdown mode and still can't understand that the American people turned against them in the last election and continue to sputter and spew venom like the'll continue to have power in the house chamber next month and all this writer has to offer is the Tea Party didn't magically transform Washington even BEFORE they took over or that the work of the Tea Party is still at the beginning stages and will require a few election cycles to weed out the Neo-Cons and RINO's before they can restore the sanity. Unbelievable..........

December 11 2010 at 3:07 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
hi cat

If the appointees have the welfare of our citizens and the nation as their 1st priority God bless them they can't get started soon enough. We'll be watching like hawks. Would like to see some REAL PROSECUTIONS. START with the looters of the treasury: Bush, Rubin, Henry Paulson, Tiny Tim Geithner and all of Goldman (Sack the treasury) Sacks; AUDIT the Federal Reserve. All those well guarded secret handouts to their lodge brothers will reveal the rest of the story. (Prison

December 11 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

My goodness! The new Congress has not even taken over and I already see the seeds of their demise. The Republicans have brought the pork home as well as any Democrat and the tea party will soon find that out. We will see what these new lawmakers do to stay in power. If they think they can stay in power by cutting programs that help the very people in the tea party that are too stupid to know who's feeding them until the food is taken away, they better think again. The people who put them in office are really not that smart. Just wait until the fat hits the pan and the tea is burnt. The newbies will need smelling salts along with a ticket home.

December 10 2010 at 10:49 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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hi cat

you wish

December 11 2010 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

sashajjjj, how did you come to be award of the state?

December 12 2010 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hi cat

the Fed has never been audited. Are we stupid or what? Go Ron Paul Go Ron Paul Go Ron Paul !!! My fear is that if he goes too far he'll end up like JFK, RFK or George Wallace and or James Trafficante Congressman from Youngstown Ohio. Vaya con dios Ron !!

December 10 2010 at 9:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Wallace and JFK spoken of in the same breath. Boy, you need pick up a book, a whole lotta books.

December 10 2010 at 10:53 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Let the GOP Games Begin.!!!!

December 10 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Welcome, Lentzes

Congress has decided to add one of its members with the lowest intellectual candlepower to one of the nation's most important committees, especially in these trying economic times. Paul won't have the first clue of the complexity of the economic issues involved and will end up making an idiot of himself and forcing the American people to suffer from his ill-conceived solutions and massive delusions of grandeur. To end the Fed would be a blunder of epic proportions: Bernanke saved this country from a second Great Depression. Are these really the best people we can find to run our great nation?

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