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TOOMEY focuses on fighting for spending cuts – Washington Times

August 14, 2011

Toomey focuses on fighting for spending cuts

By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times Sunday, August 14, 2011

Senator frequently bucks GOP leadership

By Stephen Dinan- “Clearly, the policies of this administration are not working,” said Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, one of the lawmakers newly appointed to the congressional panel assigned to develop recommendations to cut the debt. “So, what went wrong? Well, a big part of the problem has been job-killing regulations.” (Associated Press)

He’s the only member who voted against last week’s debt deal, and also the only one who wrote his own individual budget this year — both of which make Sen. Patrick J. Toomey the wild-card selection to the 12-member deficit supercommittee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts by Thanksgiving.

Mr. Toomey is not a chairman or ranking member of any committee, he is not an elected caucus leader, nor does he bring the experience as a former White House budget director that his fellow freshman Republican committeeman, Sen. Rob Portman, carries.

What the first-term Pennsylvanian does have, though, is a long record of fighting for spending cuts — and even leading the charge against his own party during his six years in the House, from 1999 through 2004, when he stepped down to fulfill a term-limits pledge he made to his district.

In between the House and Senate, he served as president of the pro-free-market Club for Growth, which actively sought to put into office economic conservatives who fought for limited government.

“He didn’t run for the Senate because he wanted to be a senator. He didn’t need the cufflinks,” said Chris Chocola, another former member of Congress who took over the helm from Mr. Toomey at the Club for Growth. “He understood the problems we face, and he ran to do something about it.”

Of the other 11 members of the supercommittee, Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, comes closest to Mr. Toomey in willingness to buck his party’s leadership on big tax and spending votes.

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  1. August 14, 2011 6:49 PM

    Our problem is the low wages earned in other countries. American companies are doing their manufacturing elsewhere. Example is maquiladoras. Mexican workers are employed at over three thousand maquiladoras, or export assembly plants, near the United States-Mexico border. The pay at those plants is as low as 50 cents to $1.00 an hour. I-Pads are manufactured in China at a labor cost of less than $400 per month.

    Toomey and others are living in a fantasy world.

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