Rep. Nunes’ Ignorance is Insulting

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)

First off, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA-54%) is a seldom heard from California RINO with a less than stellar voting record. That is if our Constitution remains as the number one voting priority. Secondly, if he has to “understand why they,” the twenty-four dissidents, “voted the way they did,” well, I’m a retiree in far off Florida and I know why so what has blurred Nunes’ vision?

I think that Nunes’ call for “understanding” is somewhat mellow from his “All of us think that they should have retribution” comment. Nunes continued with his insulting accusations of those congressmen when he remarked that, “They put the conservative agenda at risk with their wanting to be on television and radio.”

One Congressman who was included under Nunes’ disfavoring umbrella was newly elected David Brat. You remember, the upstart who defeated that arrogant RINO Eric Cantor? His reason for voting against Boehner? Clearly stated, Rep. Brat stated, the Republican leadership has “strayed from its own principles of free market, limited government, constitutional conservatism. We are at a crucial turning point in our country’s history.” These are hardly the sound bites which TV talking heads chase to report!

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Besides, this California middle of the roader wouldn’t recognize one iota of “constitutional conservatism” if he ran smack into it. His voting record reduces his grandstanding for what it is; a kissing up to the Speaker, pure and simple.

When reviewing a sample of Nunes’ protective concerns for what he terms “the conservative agenda,” his duplicity becomes apparent. On December 12th, Nunes voted for House Joint Resolution 59, which increased the discretionary spending caps for 2014 and 2015 to $1.012 trillion and $1.014 trillion in 2015.

Also, this conservative defender voted for the Agriculture Act of 2014 which is anything but directed at agricultural needs. Instead, over a ten-year span, the CBO estimated that this would allot $956 billion for food programs. From a Constitutional viewpoint, money for farm and/or food aid is a no-no. Again, blurred vision from the good congressman.

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And what about Nunes’ Constitutional values concerning foreign aid? Again, Nunes stumbles. He voted for a direct aid package to the Ukraine in the amount of $150 million. This number may seem slight, given the billions and trillions which are normally floated about but, the principle remains, that is if one is obligated to a “conservative agenda.”

These examples could continue almost endlessly but the picture is clear. Nunes is hardly the one to call for measures of “retribution” when voting against Boehner.

Today’s stunning reversal, Boehner’s apparent forgiveness or at least his current embrace of those Constitutionalists, has quieted the moderate’s demand for “retributions.” And that stalwart of the “conservative agenda,” Devin Nunes, is finally silent.


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Jim Bowman is a 67 year old drafted Vietnam veteran, and a retired boiler maker with 31 years of service. He has been published in numerous newspapers in Florida and Philadelphia, is the author of This Roar of Ours, and the publisher of the Americanism of our Founders website. He is the proud father of a son and daughter, two grandsons and one granddaughter.
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