The Madison Project
The Madison Project is a group of conservatives fighting for free enterprise and individual liberty. They have unveiled a new scorecard for conservatives to see which legislators belong in the “Hall of Fame” and which belong in the “Hall of Shame.”
The Madison Project has concluded that there “are only a few dozen consistent conservatives in the House.” The top members for the House are Reps. Tom Graves (R-GA), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Joe Walsh (R-IL). These heroes have represented their constituents as constitutional conservatives.
The low-ranking members “are the worst of the worst, radically underperforming the conservative expectations of their districts.” The Madison low-performing members in the House are Reps. Don Young (R-AK), David McKinley (R-WV), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MS), Rodney Alexander (R-LA) and Walter Jones (R-NC).
The Madison Project has done our nation a service. So far, it has only ranked members of the House. We await its Senate rankings.
Judd Gregg wants to raise your taxes
In the continuing assault on the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge, former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg has joined the fight to raise your taxes.
The Hill reports that Gregg “is stepping up his role in building Republican support for a broad deficit-reduction plan.” Gregg and former Debt Commission Co-Chairman Erskine Bowles led a secret meeting last week on ways to force through a massive tax hike in the lame-duck session of Congress this fall. The plan reportedly would “raise hundreds of billions of dollars in new tax revenues.”
Gregg joins Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in pushing for Republicans to abandon their promise to the American people that they will not raise taxes. This is further evidence of a secret plan on the part of Republicans and Democrats to raise your taxes during the lame-duck session.
Brian Darling is Senior Fellow for Government Studies at The Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).