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Fearless Philosophy For Free Minds: Shadegg to Run for House Majority Leader

Friday, January 13, 2006

Shadegg to Run for House Majority Leader

Whether or not the charges against Tom DeLay are valid or not, with DeLay stepping down the Republican majority in the House have an opportunity to select a new leader to hopefully move the country back in the right direction. According to The Washington Post Arizona Congressman John Shadegg has decided to make a run for House Majority Leader. I don’t know how good his chances are but if Shadegg should ascend to this post, this would be very good news for those of us who want a limited, and more accountable government.

For reasons of full disclosure, Shadegg was my Congressman in the last election who I enthusiastically supported (I think he was redistricted out of my district but I am not sure). Why am I so enthusiastic about this particular congressman? It isn’t because he happened to be ‘my congressman,’ if I didn’t think he was the best person for the job, I would not endorse him. My support for John Shadegg is based mostly on four issues: he is a co-sponsor of The Fair Tax, is one of the most fiscally responsible lawmakers in Washington (Citizens Against Government Waste gives Shadegg a 97% score (Taxpayer Hero) for the 108th Congress with lifetime score of 95%.), introduced a bill which would deny pensions to politicians convicted of bribery (H.R. 4546) and perhaps his best proposal, The Enumerated Powers Act, H.R. 2458, would require all new bills before congress to “include a statement setting forth the specific constitutional authority under which the law is being enacted.” Perhaps the Enumerated Powers Act would be a pipe dream even if Shadegg won the post of House Majority Leader but imagine how much better the federal government would operate if an attempt was made to keep the government within its constitutional limits?

John Shadegg is a man of ideas. Surely with him at the helm, some of these ideas would have a chance of making real, positive, reforms. While most of the House Republicans favored greater spending and greater growth of government John Shadegg voted his principles. Isn’t that what we want in a leader? Are these not the ideals the Republican Party is supposed to stand for? On February 2, 2006 we will find out for sure what the G.O.P. really stands for.

Related FPFM posts:
We Can Make April 15th Just Another Day
Letter to Congressman Shadegg
End Success-Based Taxation

Related posts by others:
John Shadegg For Majority Leader ? by Doug Mataconis
An Appeal from Center-Right Bloggers by N.Z. Bear (Sign his petition today!)
Time for a Fresh Face at the GOP by Brad Warbiany
Blunt claims he has the votes to win, Shadegg responds by Save the G.O.P.
Shadegg for Leader by The National Review Editorial Page


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