U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has a great commentary out addressing congress’ historic-low ratings. He lays the blame squarely on lawmakers’ inability to control themselves fiscally. He specifically highlights the failure of the U.S. Senate to pass earmark reform legislation. While he doesn’t say it, one obstacle is the other senator from Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison.
She joined with the other big spenders in opposing the popular reform.
Sen. Hutchison is making it known she wants to be governor of Texas someday soon. If she’s serious, she’d do well to note that 92% of Texas’ Republican primary voters said they want strict controls on government spending at all levels.
Somehow, protecting congressional pork-barrel spending seems a little at odds with the vast majority of her political base.