I ask to be recognized. I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute. I don’t even see anyone here on the floor to object, Madam Speaker, it’s within your discretion. There is no one here to object. This is why the American people have thrown you out of power.
Congressman Steve Buyer of Indiana
Now this is interesting. My congressman, Steven Buyer *pronounced Boo-yer* asked for a minute on the floor of the House yesterday, and Democrat speaker Pro Tempore would not let Steve Buyer, Republican from Indiana speak. This was yesterday on the House floor, and this is a pretty interesting exchange. Needless to say, I am very proud of him:
RICHARDSON: For what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition?
BUYER: I ask unanimous consent to address the House for five minutes. Hearing no objection —
RICHARDSON: Five-minute special orders are not being recognized at this time.
BUYER: I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute. Hearing no objection —
RICHARDSON: Not being entertained at this time.
BUYER: Oh, so as a sitting member of the House the speaker chooses not to recognize another sitting member, is this correct?
RICHARDSON: Recognition is within the discretion of the speaker.
BUYER: So the discretion of the speaker here is not to recognize a ranking Republican member on a bill that is about to be heard that has never gone through the process of the committee. I ask to be recognized.
RICHARDSON: The House is proceeding with motions to suspend the rules.
BUYER: And if the chairman is not here to present the bill, shouldn’t we go to the next bill and would therefore withdraw this bill?
RICHARDSON: The gentleman has not been recognized.
BUYER: I ask to be recognized. I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute. I don’t even see anyone here on the floor to object, Madam Speaker, it’s within your discretion. There is no one here to object. This is why the American people have thrown you out of power.
Now isn’t that the truth. But here is what the democrats have to understand. The American people voted them out of office because they were not doing their jobs. And now there is another majority, come January, who is there to do what the people want. It is just as Buyer said……This is why the American people have thrown you out of power. Obama, you listening?
The woman was Laura Richardson, Congresswoman Laura Richardson acting as speaker pro tem. She’s a Democrat from California. It seems that even in defeat, they haven’t learned anything. Go Buyer, Go.
Now for the other matter of another Congressman from Indiana…..Mike Pence. There have been rumors about his current aspirations. Is he going to run for the White House? If he does, he would make a great president. Is he going to run for Governor of Indiana? If so, he would be great. In Detroit the other day, Mike Pence said this:
“We live in no ordinary times. Our economy is struggling in the city and on the farm. Unemployment is at a heartbreaking 9.6 percent nationally and nearly 13 percent in Michigan. Nearly 42 million Americans on food stamps. A housing crisis and dismal GDP growth.
“And it seems that those in authority have no idea what to do about it. Some in the administration call it the “new normal.” (like we haven’t heard that before) In the 70’s they called it a national “malaise.”
“With more than 15 million people still looking for work, President Obama and Democrats in Congress have tried to borrow and spend the country back to prosperity resulting in trillion dollar plus annual deficits and a nearly $14 trillion national debt. To this runaway federal spending they added a government takeover of health care, attempted a national energy tax and approved one bailout after another.
“In September 2008, when the Bush Administration proposed that Congress give them $700 billion to bail out Wall Street, I was the first Member of Congress to publicly oppose it. I didn’t think we should do nothing, I just thought it was wrong to take $700 billion from Main Street to bailout bad decisions on Wall Street. I warned that passing TARP could fundamentally change the relationship between the government and the financial sector and so it has.
“Dodd-Frank codified “too big to fail” for some Wall Street firms and made taxpayers the first line of defense against failure. And we continue to bailout Fannie and Freddie to the tune of about $150 billion, with more expected, despite the fact that many of us have been fighting for years to get them off the government’s books. The partnership between the federal government and Fannie and Freddie socializes losses and privatizes profits with taxpayers getting the short end of the stick.
“And, even though I am proud of the American automotive tradition and Indiana’s ongoing role it, I even opposed bailing out GM and Chrysler. While the administration has been busy making the point that GM is on the rebound and taxpayers are being repaid, most Americans know that it still would have been better if GM had gone through an orderly reorganization bankruptcy without taxpayer support.
“Taxpayer funded bailouts are no substitute for economic policies that will create real consumer demand. I have no doubt that American automakers and autoworkers can compete and win in a growing American economy.
“To restore American exceptionalism, we must end all this Keynesian spending and get back to the practice of free market economics. The freedom to succeed must include the freedom to fail. The free market is what made America’s economy the greatest in the world, and we cannot falter in our willingness to defend it.
“Even though our economy is struggling and America seems at a low point, I believe we can restore our economy but it will take vision and courage to do it. And everything starts with putting our fiscal house in order.
“For my part, I believe the answer is a Spending Limit Amendment to the Constitution. Since World War II the federal government has operated on an average of just under 20 percent of gross domestic product. But, in the past three years, federal spending has climbed to nearly 25 percent of GDP. Left unchecked, and accounting for no new programs, federal spending will reach 50 percent of GDP by 2055.
“We should remember what Ronald Reagan said, “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.” We must have a mechanism that forces Washington as a whole to make the hard choices necessary to reform our nation’s addiction to big spending and unsustainable entitlements.
“By limiting federal spending to 20 percent of our nation’s economy in the Constitution, except for certain conditions such as a war, we will create a framework for this and future Congresses to live within our means and have the incentive to grow the economy.
“To grow the economy we must shrink the size of the federal government but fiscal discipline alone will not be enough to bring jobs and prosperity back to America.
So, what do you think? It sounds kind of presidential don’t you think? Well, Mike Pence hasn’t told anyone what he is planning, and I have contacted him and asked if he could make his discision and then announce it on my show on Blog Talk Radio, but I haven’t heard anything yet. Hopefully I will. Cause either office, I think he would be great at. And we need someone great, now don’t we?
May God’s Blessing be on our great country, her leaders and her people