Frank Nicely said, What?, June 21, 2013 -
I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me… Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them. ” ― David Crockett
These words of Congressman David “Davy” Crockett sadly are more folklore than reality in Congress today. It is a rare occurrence when a member of the majority party votes against the Speaker of the House. Thursday, Congressman Jimmy Duncan stood alone as the only Republican among Tennessee’s seven GOP members voting against the near $1 trilliion Farm Bill.
The Senate passed the bill a few days earlier by a wide margin. Speaker Boehner announced his support. In fact, the majority of Rep. Duncan’s GOP House Caucus was behind the bill. Still Conservatives, myself included, railed against the pork laden subsidies for corporate farming and anemic curbs on food stamps that account for 80% of the legislation’s costs, with little or nothing to assist small farmers. (link)