Beware of Republican Apologist Teaocons

by Tona Monroe

While Tennessee has two Republican Senators, neither is particularly known for being a principled conservative.  Senator Bob Corker quickly earned the nickname “Bailout Bob” after voting for the TARP bailout and the list of his unconstitutional votes is a mile long.  Yet, a recent article would have the public believe that Tennessee Tea Partiers are actually supporting Corker in 2012.

The article only quotes one Tea Party member that actually supports Bob Corker, and that is Mark Skoda a Memphis Tea Party leader and radio talk show host.  The article quotes two people that are strongly against Corker, one identified as a Tea Party activist and the other a Redstate blogger.  It also quotes talk show host Steve Gill saying he doesn’t understand why the Tea Party is against Bob.

If the article is trying to establish that Tea Partiers are changing from an unfavorable to favorable view of Bob Corker, then why does the author only quote one for Corker, two against and one saying he doesn’t understand why Tea Partiers do not like Corker?  Notice that the two speaking favorably of Bob Corker are the ones with the microphones.

Steve Gill is an establishment Republican that was appointed to a White House fellowhip by President George H. W. Bush and the author of a 2007 book discussing how Fred Thompson could have impacted the 2008 Presidential Race.  Fred Thompson is a former status quo globalist Senator from Tennessee and member of the CFR.

Mark Skoda is neocon that is politically posturing through the Tea Party to become an establishment Republican.  He is a Teacon, which is a neocon that presents his or herself as being fed up with reckless establishment politics, but actively works to maintain it as long as it’s Republican.  He displays a video on his homepage of neocon Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, whose voting record is anything but constitutional, congratulating him on his radio station.


Mitch Daniels and the Federal Money Grab

For much of the nation’s history, policymakers recognized that the federal government’s powers were “few and defined,” as James Madison noted. Issues like education and community development were largely left to the states. Unfortunately, the separation of responsibilities between the federal government and states has been eroded to the point that federal funds now account for approximately a third of total state spending. A consequence is that federal aid to the states has fostered bigger government at all levels.

State policymakers are addicted to federal money. The appeal is obvious: they get to take credit for all the wonderful things they do with money that they didn’t have to tax out of their state’s voters. Thus, it has been interesting to observe Republican governors who willfully fed at the federal trough now pontificate on the dangers of Washington’s spending addiction as potential or declared candidates for president.

Although he ultimately decided against running for president, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has carefully crafted a public image as a voice of reason when it comes to addressing the federal government’s budget problems. When he was flirting with a run for president, Daniels received fawning coverage from various observers for labeling the federal government’s debt the “new red menace.”