Blue Dog Dems Side with GOP House on Balanced Budget Amendment

Within the halls of the House of Representatives, there exists an oxymoron known as the Blue Dog Democrats.  They are a coalition of about twenty-five House Democrats that are also conservatives, unlike the vast majority of Democrats that are as liberal as they come.

House Republicans have been advancing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution which requires a two-thirds vote in order to pass.  The Blue Dog contingent keeps the hope among Republicans that a vote tomorrow might be successful.

Blue Dog co-chairman Rep. Mike Ross from Arkansas, said, “We were advancing a balanced-budget amendment when balanced-budget amendments weren’t cool.”

Rep. Jim Matheson from Utah added, “If any Blue Dog does not vote for it, I’d have to question how much they’re a Blue Dog.”

The partisan politics of late is so strong that Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer from Maryland said that although he supported a similar measure in 1995, he will oppose the current measure simply because he does not trust the Republican Party.  Obviously Rep. Hoyer does not care enough about the same measure he so strongly supported 16 years ago to put partisanship aside and support the measure once again.

The rest of the liberal Democrats are working themselves into a froth as they so strenuously fight against the balanced budget amendment.  After all, if such an amendment were passed they would not be able to stiff the American people with another trillion dollar stimulus package that only serves to fill their own purses without any real benefit to the American people.  It will also mean that many of their pet projects stand a good chance of getting eliminated in order to meet the balanced budget requirement.

With the intense partisan politics that have existed over the past several years, the Blue Dog departure from the rest of the Democratic Party could be a huge thing.  One leader of the Blue Dog coalition said that it is unfortunate that the Democratic leadership is so opposed to the balanced budget amendment, especially when there is strong support among the America people who want a responsible government that has to live within its means.

Here’s praying that the Blue Doggers don’t cave in to Party pressures and that a few more Democrats will see that the will of the people is more important than their political games.

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  • Crom

    There are 40 house Republicans who have asked to Raise our Taxes
    http://www.americansforprosperity.org/110611-40-h...

  • http://gospelcenter.us dan

    If it is balanced, who will make sure it is not to high? No one. Read more on this
    at eauclairejournal.com - America: Not the Freest Nation.

    • Mayflower Decendent

      What do you mean too high? The meaning behind a balanced budget is to not spend more than you take in! Balanced is balanced.... There is no too high or too low when based on revenues.

  • Jonathtn Gartner

    It comes down to that there are still some Democrats in this country that are not Marxists (and some RINO's that are) we need to support those of either party that are pro-American (unlike Nasty Nancy, Harry Reid, Maxine Waters, Charlie Wrangle I think you get the point). We also need to purge those RINO's that give conservatives a bad name and replace them with true Conservatives and those that will support the Constitution.

  • SEAN MURRY

    We do need to have this balance budget amendment.

  • Highsider

    If there realy is such a thing as a "conservative Democrat" these days, Why didn't they have enough sense to leave the party years ago, when it became plain to them that the party had been hopelessly taken over by Marxists and Socialists?

    • http://www.righthook38.com righthook38

      That's my question. Why would they want to be associated with the Democratic party at this point?

  • Highsider

    If there really is such a thing as a conservative Democrat these days, why didn't they leave the party years ago when they first realised that the party had been irredeemably taken over by Marxists and Socialists?

  • Bear

    @ Dan,,,Balanced budget = govt cannot spend more than it takes in!

  • Highsider

    If there truly is such a thing as a conservative Democrat these days, why wouldn't they have left the party years ago when they saw that it had been iredeemably taken over my Socialists and Marxists?

  • Heylottylotty

    How can we expect the government to be responsible when we "the people" are not??? People have been complaining about mr Holder going on a Junket to Mexico (and other places) when in January the Patriots as Tea Party are promoting a cruise to.... yep Mexico, Cozumel, and more. Their key representatives will be on the cruise. The Mexican government has refused to halt the "export" of their unlawful trespassers into the U.S.A., which is costing American tax payers millions of dollars a year. They have supported the uprising of "Latino" marches and disruption in our schools and cities. So, what do our citizens do??? They pay big bucks to cruise to Mexico and beyond. How much of that money do you think will come back to us??? NADA I'm sure. I say "See America First" BE AMERICAN! Buy American! jmho

    • LuluBelle

      Holder used taxpayer money. I never heard of a group called "The Patriots as Tea Party" but they would have used money that they earned, and it's none of your business how any private citizen spends his earnings. Someday when you have a job you will realize how important it is to be in control of your own money.

  • Mike

    I didn't realize there were any Blue Dogs still around in Congress since the mid terms. I thought they sacrificed their careers for supporting Pelosi on Obamacare. They did get a nice send off party after they cleaned out their desks.