Saturday, May 10, 2008


Growth, for lack of a better word, is good. Growth works.

The Club for Growth on Thursday published a scorecard detailing the voting behavior of members of Congress on economic growth issues. From the Club's press release:

"We conducted a comprehensive examination of each lawmaker's record on pro-growth policies and computed an Economic Growth Score on a scale of 0 to 100. A score of 100 indicates the highest support for pro-growth policies. Those lawmakers scoring 90 or higher receive the Defender of Economic Freedom award."

The rating examines legislative actions that reflect the Club for Growth's pro-economic growth policy goals, including: Making the Bush tax cuts permanent; Death tax repeal; Cutting and limiting government spending; Social Security reform with personal retirement accounts; Expanding free trade; Legal reform to end abusive lawsuits; Replacing the current tax code; School choice; and regulatory reform and deregulation.

Tennessee's own Marsha Blackburn, who represents the 7th District in the U.S. House, received a score of 98 on the Club's scorecard. Her fellow Republicans in the Tennessee delegation received scores of: David Davis, 92; John Duncan, 81; Zach Wamp, 73.

As disappointing as Duncan and Wamp's scores were, they still did a hell of a lot better on pro-growth issues than the Democrats in Tennessee's delegation: Jim Cooper, 28; John Tanner, 14; Lincoln Davis, 12; Bart Gordon, 12; Steve Cohen, 6.

Steve Cohen ranks right down there with quasi-socialists like Sheila Jackson Lee, Dennis Kucinich, Maxine Waters, and Jerrold Nadler. Thank you, Memphis, for sending that squirrelly sombitch to Washington!

To see how the entire U.S. House did on the Club for Growth's scorecard, click here.

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