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New "Freedom Index" Shows How Your Congressmen Voted
New American ^ | Tuesday, 03 July 2012 17:30

Posted on 07/05/2012 9:05:58 AM PDT by Sopater

Every member of Congress has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Yet much of what the federal government does — from foreign aid to ObamaCare — falls outside the specified powers of the Constitution. How can this be, particularly when the votes in support of U.S. government overreach run contrary to the wishes of most constituents?

Part of the problem, obviously, is that many congressmen do not take their oath of office seriously. Many do not use the Constitution as their guide for determining how they vote on important legislation. And even when they do, they may apply interpretations that fly in the face of both the clear language of the Constitution or the intent of the Founding Fathers — just as the Supreme Court recently did when they ruled that the individual-mandate provision of ObamaCare was constitutional.

And of course, many U.S. representatives and senators say one thing when they are campaigning for votes in their home districts, but do something else entirely when they are casting their own votes in Congress.

To eliminate the gap between rhetoric and record, and to show how members of Congress actually vote on key issues, The New American periodically publishes "The Freedom Index," a congressional scoreboard that rates all members of the House and Senate based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. The index is published four times each two-year congressional term; each index rates Congressmen based on 10 key votes.

Our latest "Freedom Index," the third for the current (112th) Congress, shows how every U.S. representative and senator voted on key issues such as raising the national debt limit, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank (a corporate-welfare program), and developing our oil and gas resources. This index appears in the July 9, 2012 print edition of The New American; it is also available online as a downloadable PDF (click here).

The average House score in this index is a dismal 47 percent, and the average Senate score is an even-worse 43 percent. Obviously, these low scores show that much work needs to be done to improve the average congressman's fidelity to the Constitution, the oath of office notwithstanding.

We encourage everyone to go to our new Freedom Index (get PDF by clicking here) and to see for themselves how their own U.S. representative and senators voted on each of the 10 key issues, as well as overall. We also recommend contacting legislators to commend them for their constitutional votes and to urge improvement where needed.

(Past installments of the “Freedom Index” for previous Congresses are available online at JBS.org, the website of The John Birch Society. The New American is an affiliate of the JBS.)


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 112th; congress; constitution; freedom; senate

1 posted on 07/05/2012 9:06:00 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

80% which isn’t too bad for a freshman.


2 posted on 07/05/2012 9:12:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Sopater

I’m having a great deal of trouble downloading the .pdf . Is it just me?


3 posted on 07/05/2012 9:13:09 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Silentgypsy

I don’t know, works OK for me.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/files/Freedom_Index_112-3.pdf


4 posted on 07/05/2012 10:07:00 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

*Your* link worked well except for the fact that the little save icon was greyed out. I think the issue is somewhere in the dark recesses of this machine. Thanks!


5 posted on 07/05/2012 10:22:09 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Sopater

He’s not mine, but Ron Paul gets 100%.

So, if at anytime you vote different than Ron Paul, you get docked a negative?


6 posted on 07/05/2012 10:38:28 AM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: Silentgypsy
I’m having a great deal of trouble downloading the .pdf . Is it just me?

May be.
I had no trouble whatsoever. Maybe a direct link might work?

New American PDF

7 posted on 07/05/2012 10:39:43 AM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Sopater

He’s not mine, but Ron Paul gets 100%.

So, if at anytime you vote different than Ron Paul, you get docked a negative?


8 posted on 07/05/2012 10:40:51 AM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: skinndogNN
So, if at anytime you vote different than Ron Paul, you get docked a negative?

Don't be silly.
No one is perfectly good or perfectly bad.
A good barometer is the Boxer-Feinstein grade --- between 15-20%.
McClintock is in the 80% range. Make an adult judgement from there.

My personal barometer is anyone over 60% is worth my vote, compared to the clueless socialists who don't understand what an "Oath of Office" means.

9 posted on 07/05/2012 10:45:13 AM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: skinndogNN
So, if at anytime you vote different than Ron Paul, you get docked a negative?

Evidently... Remember the "teacher's pet"? The teacher would use their test to grade everyone elses...
10 posted on 07/05/2012 10:58:35 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

Interesting - my rep, Carneyfrom DE, is tied with four others for lowest score at 7%. By comparison, Pelosi is at 10%.

What is even more telling is Boehner with no votes - another Roberts lurking in the shadows to sabotage us.


11 posted on 07/05/2012 12:46:35 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: NTHockey
What is even more telling is Boehner with no votes

Yeah, why is that?
12 posted on 07/05/2012 1:34:54 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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