We are more than disappointed that so many elected officials voted “yes” on the recent fiscal cliff legislation. More importantly, we are appalled at the rhetoric these elected officials used to explain their rationale for voting the way that they did.
We are singling out KS Senator Jerry Moran because he is currently reflected as a 5-CHIPS Senator in our organizational system. He voted “yes” on a piece of legislation that easily failed the “CHIPS Test”. This action by KS Senator Jerry Moran violates the concept of good principled governance!
The “CHIPS Test” is a very simple test that every conservative should adopt and commit to memory! It can easily be used on every single piece of legislation at any level of government to evaluate the merits of any proposed or passed legislation. Here are the 4 simple steps in order of priority:
1. Is the legislation moral?
2. Is the legislation constitutional?
3. Can we afford the legislation?
4. Do the people really want this or need this legislation?
Let’s now evaluate the fiscal cliff bill using the “CHIPS Test”:
The costs of this bill far outweighed the benefits cited by Senator Moran in his press release. It adds more than a trillion dollars of new spending and debt on the backs of American Citizens who have yet to be born! The assembled bill was delivered to the Senators 3 minutes prior to voting on it which on its own is a dereliction of due diligence, due process, and duty! I would delve into greater detail but I don’t need to because 5-CHIPS member Dr. Milton Wolf already wrote a spectacular piece in the Washington Times that I would encourage you to read! This exercise is a precursor to a much larger fight and another manufactured Washington crisis pertaining to the budget and raising the debt-limit. Please share this blog and incorporate the “CHIPS Test” as a means to evaluate future legislation.