At the suggestion of my friend and reader, Ryan, I have been browsing Senator Bob Corker’s website for some information on what he’s been doing in Washington. While looking for some evidence that he has been fighting against the ridiculous spending that has been going on in Washington for years, I found some other interesting information. From Corker’s news page:

Thursday, February 08, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) today praised U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) proposed amendment that would restore $100 million to the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) which was cut from the Joint Funding Resolution for government programs that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on January 31:
“As mayor of Chattanooga, I saw firsthand the tremendous academic gains students made when teachers were paid for their performance. We worked to provide bonuses to high-performing teachers in our schools with the greatest needs and in a short time found that those nine schools outperformed the other schools in our system.

“I applaud Senator Alexander for introducing this amendment to restore level funding to the Teacher Incentive Fund and believe that by applying innovative programs like this one, we can improve student achievement in Tennessee and across our country.”

If we’re interested in cutting spending, my suggestion would be to stop funding programs that are not allowed by the Constitution. Such as education.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which passed the Senate by a vote of 94 to 3:
“I believe we’ve passed a minimum wage bill that helps workers and protects their jobs. The federal minimum wage hasn’t increased in a decade, and it’s time we provided this increase for working families.

“We’ve worked to ensure that the bill provides revenue neutral relief for the small businesses most affected by the cost of the increase. That means we’re providing tax relief without creating a larger deficit.

“I’m particularly glad this bill includes a tax credit for employing veterans who are disabled as a result of their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is an appropriate way to support our troops and their families who have sacrificed so much.”

Again, how about sticking with the Constitution and not mandating how much employers are allowed to pay their employees?

A hard and fast way to cut spending in Washington would be, again, to follow the Constitution and actually limit what the Federal Government is allowed to do (and spend).

So, do me a favor and show me how Corker is making real efforts to reduce spending. I’m fair…I’ll praise him if he’s worthy.

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