Senator Jim DeMint Discusses the Constitution and Budget Reform at CPAC 2010

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint spoke this morning at CPAC 2010. He is the only senator to have a conservative rating of 100%. He spoke a lot about the Constitution and explained that the original idea behind the Constitution was to limit the power of the government. In fact, when the Constitution was signed, it didn't even allow a federal income tax! Every single senator, representative, Supreme Court justice, etc. takes an oath to protect the Constitution, but not everyone in Washington is staying true to this oath.

"I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who believe in the principles of freedom than 60 Republicans who don't. Let me make that clearer, I would rather have 30 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters."

Senator DeMint has put forth a budget reform proposal bill, which includes a one-year moratorium on earmarks and, S.J.Res. 27, a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment that includes a two-thirds majority requirement for raising taxes. Only 12 Republican senators have signed on. These include:

Richard Burr (NC)
Saxby Chambliss (GA)
Mike Crapo (ID)
Tom Coburn (OK)
John Cornyn (TX)
Jim DeMint (SC)
John Ensign (NV)
Lindsey Graham (SC)
Jon Kyl (AZ)
John McCain (AZ)
George LeMieux (FL)
James Risch (ID)

Texans can be proud that John Cornyn is one of the 12 listed senators!

 

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