“No Man’s life liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session”.

- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Eric Cantor & The Debt Limit Bill

Gerald Seib wrote a thoughtful piece in the Wall Street Journal this week profiling Eric Cantor's enhanced stature coming out of the debt ceiling debates and bill.

Seib's conclusions matched my own, i.e., that Cantor is as much a voice and leader of the House GOP Tea Party freshmen as anyone, and provided the necessary pressure on John Boehner to keep him out of deals involving more or higher taxes.

I was surprised to learn of Cantor's apparent bonding with Washington court jester Joe Biden. However, with luck, that's not going to be a relevant relationship in a little over another year.

Mostly, though, I appreciated Seib's characterization of Cantor as providing a mix of Tea Party anti-spending, anti-tax fervor with a recognition that failure on the part of the GOP to deliver some sort of legislation which avoided Wonderboy claiming default, while at least beginning to cut spending, was unacceptable.

The House GOP leadership is pretty much where I had hoped and thought it would arrive. Boehner having years in the House to provide some seasoned political sense, with Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy delivering the fresh thinking and Tea Party-driven spirit of lower spending.

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