Friday, July 13, 2012

This is precisely why we are glad Jean Schmidt is gone in less than 6 months

She has always talked a good line.  "I'm a conservative," "I favor a balanced budget," "cowards cut and run," the rhetoric of Jean Schmidt tends to appeal to the more primal instincts of conservatives, consistently underestimating the intelligence of her constituents.

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)!!!!


  1. Blumer's Big GovernmentJuly 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Blumer is a joke and has never been willing to look at Schmidt's entire record. I submitted the following remark to his comment-moderated site last night, and it still hasn't been posted.

    Your great “conservative” Jean Schmidt just voted with the Democrats today to defend the welfare state. No surprise, given all her votes for Sales Tax increases, Gas Tax increases, Income Tax increases, and Bailouts for Wall Street. Bye Bye Mean Jean!

    No personal attacks, no profanity - just a response to his article. Yet here we are 11 hours later and it's still not posted.

  2. Bloviator Tom BlumerJuly 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    But Jean Schmidt is a conservative! Ignore her real voting record, I only see what I want to see.

  3. We are very proud of Jean Schmidt's vote. Jean understands that we MUST continue to expand the welfare state! Our latest blog entry reflects our position.


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