On spending Upton’s record isn’t much better. For example, he voted in favor of the Democrats’ $409 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act last year – a bill that gave Obama $19 billion more than he requested. Additionally, this spending resolution contained $7.7 billion in earmarks, increased the Congressional budget by 11 percent and sent $545 million overseas to help pay for abortions.
So loaded down with pork was this monstrosity that twenty Democrats voted against it.
In addition to supporting Democratic budget resolutions, Upton also refused to support Republicans who were working to block the most egregious components of the Obama-Nancy Pelosi spending spree. Whether it was a vote to eliminate $355 billion out of the Democrats’ wasteful “stimulus,” or numerous votes to return agency funding back to pre-bailout levels,Congressman Upton repeatedly turned his back on taxpayers and voted with the majority party.
Not surprisingly, Upton’s bid for a plum committee chairmanship has encountered virtually no Democratic opposition.
“I don't think Democrats would have any great issue with him,” liberal talking head Eleanor Clift said recently. “They would probably applaud his chairmanship.”
Of course Democrats are applauding Upton – after all, he’s been supporting them for years.
If Republicans hope to restore this nation’s fiscal and economic footing, then they must choose leaders who embody the core principles of the movement that has propelled their party back into political relevance. Specifically, newly-elected U.S. Congressmen should think long and hard about whether they want to give a promotion to a career politician who helped create our current predicament in the first place.
William Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government. He has spent his career working in political strategy and public affairs for various causes and organizations.