Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73
We’ve been waiting and watching, knowing it would happen soon enough. And this week it came to fruition. As the adage goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks; he just sticks to what he knows.
In his battle against Senator Chris McDaniel last year, Thad Cochran bent over backwards, in the few public appearances he dared to make, to convince the people he was a genuine conservative. MCD even labeled that fib the political “Lie of the Year.” Yet somehow he was able to convince about 40 percent of Republicans that he was the best man for the job (as well as the thousands of Democrats who voted for him because he supported the liberal, trillion dollar welfare state).
Throughout his political career, as was pointed out time and time again, Cochran supported increased spending, debt, and debt ceiling increases. During the heat of the campaign, if you recall, he voted against raising the debt ceiling in a move that reeked of political expediency.
Yet earlier this week, Mississippi’s Old Dog of the Senate was back to his old tricks, voting with Mitch McConnell and eleven of the chamber’s most liberal Republican members, as well as every single Democrat, for a “doc fix” for Medicare, a bill that raised the debt by $200 billion. Most of those liberal GOP Senators, incidentally, just recently won re-election campaigns and won’t have to face the voters again for years, if ever.
Another major issue in the Senate campaign was the federal role in education. Senator McDaniel took heat for supporting the idea that the Department of Education should be closed down and the matter of educating children left to the individual states and local governments, as well as parents. McDaniel was simply following sound constitutional doctrine, which had been a key Republican policy position since 1980, supported by the likes of Haley Barbour as late as the presidential campaign of 2012.
But in a press release this week, Old Dog Cochran showed us on the issue of education he’s still just a liberal. As we pointed out during the campaign, time and time again, Cochran is a progressive on education, siding with Jimmy Carter and the teacher’s unions by supporting the creation of the department in 1979. He also got in on the attack against Senator McDaniel for seeking its elimination, as did Uncle Haley the hypocrite.
The press statement’s title says it all: “Cochran calls on Department of Education to invest wisely.” So Cochran still wants federal spending on education, something no true conservative will ever support because it has failed and failed miserably.
And supporting the continuation of federal spending on education shows he always has been an economic Keynesian, believing in government investments, which is the same word Obama uses repeatedly. But when has the government ever invested wisely in anything?
Cochran also said the “department must prioritize limited resources and respect state and local leadership on education.” But when has the federal government ever respected state and local leadership on anything? And since resources are limited, perhaps it would be good policy, conservative policy I might add, to close the bloated department, save the $110 billion in top-heavy bureaucratic spending, and use 100 percent of that money for local school districts.
But, sadly, we don’t have a conservative US Senator in Washington who believes in limited, constitutional government, and at least 60 percent of Republican voters in Mississippi know that.