One of the knocks on congressional Republicans is often they will make campaign promises that they fail to fulfill upon gaining control legislative branch.
Now that the GOP is in a similar situation that it was in during the first term of President Barack Obama’s presidency, many of the same unfulfilled promises are being made as President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are expanding the role and scope of the federal government.
During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) urged his Republican colleagues to look beyond reelection and bring “home the bacon to their districts” should the GOP reassume control of the legislative branch after the 2022 midterms.
“[R]epublicans, and it is certainly my concern for our leadership going forward — when we manage to gain control sometime and try to, and we get a majority in the House and in the Senate, and even the White House — if we do not move conservative ideas forward,” he explained. “We tend to spend like we’re Democrats sometimes, and we really don’t act like we’re conservatives. We have to be leaders. We have to take the ball and move it back to mid-court. They have backed us so deep into our own territory. We have got to figure out a way when we get control to pull back on some of this.”
“We control the purse strings,” Moore continued. “It is my hope that in the House we can start limiting the spending and start really leading like conservatives. That’s what the American people expect. We need to try to run our budgets more like we do our houses, talking about our homes rather than what we do here in D.C. in this bubble … and I say this all the time, Jeff — we really need statesmen. We don’t need people looking for the next reelection. My concern is we get a lot of people here in D.C. that want to bring home the bacon to their district. But it is so much bigger picture than just your district. I know I have to fight for the veterans and agriculture in my district. I represent them, and I do what I can.”
“But at the end of the day, the solvency of this nation and the border crisis and inflation — those things that can hurt all Americans, not just your district but all districts,” he added. “We all have to start leading like statesmen. We have to start doing what’s better for the country than just one local demographic. And I think that’s important. I think we have to have leaders in D.C. who are willing to fight. And I think, honestly, most Americans would appreciate a person who would say, ‘You know what? I represent you, but this is for the good of the nation. We have to get this spending under control. We have to do what’s best for the next three or four generations, not just the next reelection.”
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.