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Hensarling Slams Washington, Won’t Rule Out Speakership Run ^ | 5/20/14 | Matt Fuller

Posted on 05/20/2014 4:15:57 PM PDT by cotton1706

In a speech that is almost certain to stoke speculation he is running for House speaker, Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling slammed Washington insiders and special interests during an address at the Heritage Foundation Tuesday.

Less than two hours after the Heritage Foundation suffered one of its harshest congressional rebukes ever — more representatives broke from the advice of Heritage Action than ever before, with only four Republicans voting against a water resources bill — Hensarling came to Heritage’s Massachusetts Avenue offices to praise the foundation and condemn a boogeyman called Washington, D.C.

The Texas Republican did nothing to allay the concerns of K Street or Wall Street that he won’t work with special interests to protect some of Washington’s favorite carve-outs. In fact, Hensarling consistently demonized the “Washington insider economy.”

He criticized tax policies: “Today, I call upon every Republican in Congress to agree to scrap the code.”

He criticized GOP leadership: “Let’s not just say we’re for fundamental tax reform; let’s actually vote on it.”

He criticized farm subsidies: “The beneficiaries of these programs like to hide behind the image of the sainted, iconic, family farmer.”

He criticized sugar subsidies: “Isn’t it embarrassing that baked into every American apple pie is Soviet-style sugar.”

He criticized the farm bill: “Let’s make the next farm bill the last farm bill.”

He criticized earmarks: “Earmarks epitomize the Washington insider economy.”

He criticized Wall Street: “Few Americans have ever been interested in occupying Wall Street; they’re just tired of bailing it out.”

And he criticized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: “It’s time for the Republican Party to live up to its pledge to end the reign of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

But Hensarling reserved special ire for the Export-Import Bank.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: elections; jebhensarling; texas
I hope he's already lining up votes!
1 posted on 05/20/2014 4:15:57 PM PDT by cotton1706
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2 posted on 05/20/2014 4:17:20 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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Isn’t Mark Levin associated with the Heritage Foundation?

Strongest rebuke.


3 posted on 05/20/2014 4:19:17 PM PDT by TomGuy
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