22 Republicans who voted against raising the debt ceiling

Jason Cockrell
Aug 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Boehner screaming "Hell no!"Katy Perry may have taken too many shots last Friday night, but Congress was much drunker.

Politico reports that Speaker Boehner managed to pass his compromise budget plan through the House with 218 Republicans in favor and 22 opposed. The Boehner Plan raised the debt ceiling by trillions without providing any balanced budget amendment, enslaving the young people into yet more debt.

All Democrats voted against the bill for political posturing and because it cut too much from the budget, in their opinion. In point of fact it actually cut nothing, and the upcoming fiscal year will see greater spending than the previous, and so on and so forth. All the same, 22 Republicans (or about 5% of Congressmen) stood by the young Americans and refused to support more debt which will lead to higher taxes and lower benefits down the road. Here are those Congressmen:

Justin Amash (Mich.)
Michele Bachmann (Minn.)
Chip Cravaack (Minn.)
Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Scott Desjarlais (Tenn.)
Tom Graves (Ga.)
Tim Huelskamp (Kans.)
Steve King (Iowa)
Tim Johnson (Ill.)
Tom McClintock (Calif.)
Mick Mulvaney (S.C.)
Ron Paul (Texas)
Connie Mack (Fla.)
Jim Jordan (Ohio)
Tim Scott (S.C.)
Paul Broun (Ga.)
Tom Latham (Iowa)
Jeff Duncan (S.C.)
Trey Gowdy (S.C.)
Steve Southerland (Fla.)
Joe Walsh (Ill.)
Joe Wilson (S.C.)

Americans have succeeded in reclaiming 5% of their legislature which for so long has voted against their interests year after year. I, for one, am pleased, and can only say, "Onward to 10%!"

Best opening statement ever. 

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Best opening statement...:)

Well, I hate being on the record when it comes to politics but I sometimes wonder... were it not for the gun at our heads to be involved in such a system would there be a better way to declare a new Independence?  I doubt it.  But it's good to see that 5% has not compromised principle for a relationship.  I would hope that in time the "radical" non-collective property owners of this country represented by this 5% will continue to shift the dialouge whereby open Communists will be marginalized and the Democrats will shift to where the establishment Republicans are now. 

I hope no serious calamity strikes the country so that enough election cycles can occur for this scenerio to take place. 

I also had a peculiar thought during this whole debate.  Many in the media were discussing how the President was pushed out of the discussion and his posturing made him look silly.  I thought, wouldn't this be a refreshing and unusual way to limit the executive branch?  If you have a radically principled, deadlocked Congress full of radical Constitutionalists, a good variety of elitist establishment types, and a marginal scary fringe of Communist wackos to scare the other two which would constantly do battle over the country's business; would that not diminish a leaderless Executive Branch full of men behind the curtain? 

My point is this.  The more Congress does to assert its power the better off the country is. 

Of course if Ron Paul wins 2012 or Rand Paul were to run and win in 2016 this would be an ideal "Sulla" scenerio.  But our country as it is founded may not have that kind of time.

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I'm starting an Anti-Debt 22 PAC.. I'm open to other name suggestions. :)

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I just want to give a shout out to my Representative, Congressman Paul Broun (GA-10).

I'm losing him with redistricting and getting Congressman John Barrow (GA-12, D). With him gaining the "most conservative county" in Georgia, it should be easy to offset any urban support he'd get from Augusta, but it'll be a fight. I'd be more than proud if we kicked him out, though. 

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The immediate crisis ended when a complex deal was reached that raised the debt ceiling and reduced proposed increases to future government spending. -Guy Riordan

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