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Thom Tillis changes his tune on budget cuts, gridlock

Thom Tillis 2The Fayetteville Observer has an interesting story today that seems to indicate that Senator Thom Tillis has brought a bit of his special brand of “that was then, this is now” governance to Washington.

According to the Observer, Tillis is speaking out vigorously against proposals to close the Air Force’s 440th Airlift Wing. While this kind of turf protection is probably to be expected from any politician, two things are rather striking about the story:

#1 – Tillis speaks out strongly in the story against federal “sequestration” cuts — i.e. the spending cuts that his fellow conservatives imposed on all kinds of essential public services and the country at-large a few years back. “Sequestration is a great threat to our readiness, to our capabilities,” the Senator said.

And wasn’t it Tillis who forever lectured us during his tenure as State House Speaker about the vast quantity of waste, fraud and abuse in government and how we needed to slash public spending to create jobs? Now, apparently, he sees the wisdom of public spending to create jobs.

#2 – Tillis went to Washington promising to help end the gridlock in Congress. But according to the story, the senator has announced that he will place a “hold” on all civilian appointments within the Department of Defense and the Department of the Air Force until he “get some answers” as to why the Air Force is closing the wing. Guess this goes to show that there is “that was then” gridlock and “this is now” gridlock.

4 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    April 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Uh, from what I remember the democraps and barry had a lot to do with sequestration as well. In case you don’t remember they refused to sit down and make a reasonable deal to decrease spending. Get your facts straight….oh, I forgot where I was so I guess facts are not allowed to get in the way of the narrative.

  2. Ted

    April 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    “In case you don’t remember they refused to sit down and make a reasonable deal … ”

    Puh-lease … sequestration and government shut-downs are the tools of desperate politicians lacking any other possible leverage. That alone should be an indicator of how ‘reasonable’ they and that their positions are.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    April 14, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I know all on capitol hill were “desperate”, but that does not excuse the democraps from refusing to sit down and talk like adults.

  4. Alan

    April 16, 2015 at 10:20 am

    That’s funny, LSD using the term “democraps” and then complaining they refuse to sit down and talk like adults. I would have thought Team Civitas/JLF would have hired someone a little smarter to do their blogging for them. LMAO…

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