But when the chips are down, and in those few instances where her vote actually could make a difference, Jean Schmidt is AWOL in the fight against bigger government, higher taxes, and higher debt.
Yesterday's agriculture committee vote on cutting funding for food stamps is the most recent in a long string of examples where Schmidt's votes have failed to match her words. She talks the talk, but refuses to walk the walk.
Dierdre Shesgreen of the Enquirer's Washington bureau writes a really good story explaining Schmidt's treachery to the effort to bring federal spending udner control:
Schmidt broke with conservatives on the committee who were pushing to slash that nutrition program by billions more – joining with Democrats and a handful of other Republicans in voting against an amendment that would have doubled the SNAP reductions to about $33 billion. Schmidt reportedly made an emotional plea to her GOP colleagues to vote against the cuts.You can read the full story here.
This vote is especially ironic in light of this story from earlier this week from BizzyBlog's Tom Blumer, a long-time Schmidt apologist who is continuing to wail and gnash his teeth over Schmidt's resounding defeat in March. Tom, dude, we assure you that Lt. Col. Dr. Brad Wenstrup will not get weak knees like Schmidt when his vote really counts.
(Tom, as a side note, there are four key differences between Schmidt and Wenstrup: [a] Schmidt's ethics are among the lowest in Congress and American society, [b] Schmidt has no real life experiences to bring to the table, [c] Schmidt chokes when the votes really matter and [d] Schmidt is prone to saying and doing foolish, embarrassing things [i.e., she ain't too bright].)You can read the full article here.
This vote, of course, follows repeated Schmidt votes selling out the conservative agenda when push came to shove in D.C., the other most notable and recent was the debt limit increase. Further, Schmidt was a slavish vote in favor of the Larry Householder/Bob Taft agenda while in the Ohio legislature. This food stamp vote is one more in a long string of fiscal disappointments.
And celebrate that we have ended her run at stabbing her constituents in the back once and for all 1/3/13 (that's got a nice ring to it)!!!!