Why Some Conservatives Support Purgason Over Blunt
The editor of the Warrensburg paper has written an endorsement of Roy Blunt. Whether you are a Purgason supporter of not, please read Jeff Merrick's thought-provoking response to the paper’s endorsement below.
WHY SOME CONSERVATIVES SUPPORT PURGASON OVER BLUNT
There is good reason why a growing number of independent conservative and Republican voters are favoring State Senator Chuck Purgason over Congressman Roy Blunt in the August 3rd Primary.
Purgason rightly filibustered the Manufacturing Jobs Act, which many correctly call the “Ford Bill.” Some would argue it might better be entitled the U.A.W. Act. Purgason opposed it for the same reason many people did. If we are going to experience economic recovery, we need to come up with incentives and tax breaks that favor all levels, sizes, and types of business across the board. Instead, the government continues to give breaks to select corporations, preferred types of business or jobs and sanctioned labor. Mr. Miles’s editorial states that Purgason’s opposition to the Ford Bill put 3,700 Missouri jobs at risk. I have no idea how he could know that since to my knowledge Ford did not request this Act in the first place, nor did Ford state they would stay if it passed.
The important issue is not whether Ford should receive an incentive. The bigger issue is when are the Federal Government and the State Legislatures going to stop trying to “create jobs” by focusing on preferred businesses and endorsed labor rather than coming up with a plan that would spur businesses at all levels and sizes to feel comfortable with hiring workers again. It is time to put what is best for job growth across the state at all levels ahead of what is best for a preferred company or union. Let’s have a plan that favors everyone equally.
As for Purgason’s removal from the Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Government Accountability and Fiscal Oversight, I would think the story that journalists should be pursuing is his removal by Senator Shields in order to get the Ford Bill out of Committee. The real story is that a Missouri State Senator was removed because he would not agree to approve something that he felt was bad for Missouri. What good is a Senate Committee on Government Accountability and Fiscal Oversight, if the Senate President Pro Tem simply replaces any opposition on the committee?
Other issues have led more and more conservatives to look at Purgason. For example, there is the $700 billion “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008” which called for the creation of TARP. Blunt was the Minority Whip during this time and was largely responsible for securing 25 needed Republican votes for its passage. It was $13.4 billion of TARP money that was used in the original bailout of GM and Chrysler, a move that infuriated the majority of Americans.
In addition to TARP, Blunt voted for Bush’s “No Child Left Behind Act,” which cost the American taxpayers over $26 billion and took more control of our schools from local school boards where it belongs and placed it in the hands of the Federal Government. Congressman Blunt voted for the USA Patriot Act, which is a serious affront to civil liberties in our country in the name of protecting us. I could go on, but lastly I just want to add that Roy Blunt has been one of the largest recipients of donations from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Congressman Blunt has done some things that have been positive for our country. Yet, he has also gone along with too many things that have only made the hole that we are in deeper.
If you are a supporter of big government and bailouts with taxpayer money, then Roy Blunt is your candidate. If you truly want change in Washington and fiscal responsibility, then vote for Chuck Purgason.