Friday, September 21, 2012
The Tea Party folks in office think, talk and act like at least 80% of how conservative folks think, talk and act.
.... Conservative Republicans are demanding that the Obama administration rethink its aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan, arguing that the countries have not lived up to their commitments as partners of the United States.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in a “Dear Colleague” letter that he would seek to block passage of must-pass spending legislation and prevent the Senate’s adjournment at the end of the week unless the Senate votes on his proposal to cut $4 billion in annual spending on Libya, Egypt and Pakistan. Paul has long sought to punish Pakistan for imprisoning Shakil Afridi, a doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden.
Paul urged House members to pass legislation demanding accountability from all three countries.
“If you want to get aid from our country, if you want to be an ally, you have to act like it,” Paul told reporters Wednesday. “Certain behaviors need to be adhered to [if you’re going] to get money from the U.S. government.”
Along those same lines, Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have introduced legislation that would require a report to Congress on the embassy attacks in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. DeMint said the report would help lawmakers decide what countries are deserving of foreign aid.
“What we want to do in our proposed legislation with Bob Corker is get a report of what’s gone on over there so that we can assess our foreign aid and make sure we’re not supporting those who are against us,” DeMint told The Hill.
The senator said he’s being flooded with calls from people who are angry about U.S. support for the Middle East following the American deaths in Benghazi, Libya.
“Frankly, my phone calls from South Carolina and around the country on foreign aid — there have been a lot of them,” DeMint said Wednesday after a hearing on President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Iraq. “People were frustrated with foreign aid in the first place, and now they feel like we’ve been giving money to a lot of countries that just did not protect us.”....