Your morning jolt: Jack Kingston advocates closer ties to anti-tax groups

The insurgent push to make U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah the next chairman of the House Appropriations Committee continues apace today with his appearance before the all-important steering committee.

On Monday evening, Tea Party Patriots held a telephone conference call that featured a bit of campaigning by two of the three candidates for the job. Reports

From a PowerPoint presentation by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston/WSJ

From a PowerPoint presentation by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston/WSJ

Tea partiers who listened to Reps. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) on a conference call Monday night overwhelmingly favored Kingston to head the House Appropriations panel.

81 percent of the members of the Tea Party Patriots group who voted on the call said they wanted to see Kingston as committee chair, while 15 percent said they supported Lewis. Just five percent of the callers said they wanted to see longtime earmarker Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) lead the panel.

The group’s leaders put out a glowing description of Kingston over the weekend, and had less enthusiastic words for Lewis and Rogers.

Hours earlier, the tax-averse Club for Growth formally endorsed Kingston:

“If fiscal conservatives want to get control of federal spending, we must first get control of the Appropriations Committee. And Jack Kingston gives us the best chance to accomplish that goal.”

But Kingston’s biggest cheerleader remains the Wall Street Journal, which on Monday posted a PowerPoint presentation that the Georgia congressman is using to outline his approach.

Kingston highlights his communication skills, and also advocates a closer alliance with Washington’s anti-tax groups. In a section on “destroying the infrastructure of spending,” the congressman suggests putting “our friends” to work.

“Appropriators should regularly meet with Heritage, Cato, Americans for Tax Reform, American Conservative Union and others to exchange ideas and keep the ground war running,” Kingston writes.

In Atlanta, House Speaker David Ralston on Monday vowed to protect the HOPE Scholarship program – despite a dire shortfall. From Dave Williams and the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

…Ralston told members of the Atlanta Rotary Club on Monday that the state made a promise to voters when they approved the Georgia Lottery that must be kept despite the program’s current financial difficulties.

“I believe the HOPE Scholarship program is a big part of why we now have a first-class higher education system in Georgia,” he said. “I don’t want to see us back away from our commitment.”

On a related topic, Ralston said K-12 public schools in Georgia already have sacrificed as much as they can stand in budget cuts since the recession began three years ago.

Lawmakers will face a shortfall of up to $2 billion when the General Assembly convenes in January.

But Ralston said the schools should be spared from further spending reductions.

“I’m hoping to stay off that turf as we move forward,” he said.

Advocates for a state version of the Fair Tax will be among those making their pitches at a final meeting of a tax reform council meeting at the Atlanta campus of Mercer University on Wednesday.

Here’s a look at what Georgians for Fair Taxation has submitted to the council.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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18 comments Add your comment


November 30th, 2010
10:34 am

They’d better uphold the HOPE scholarships! I haven’t been buying lottery tickets all these years because I actually thought I might win! I’ve paid into the “system” and my A-student kids had better get what was promised.

Mr. KnowitAll

November 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Galloway—you slimeball!! Calling Tea Party groups “Anti-Tax” is your socialist way to pigeonhole people who want reasonable taxes and representative government as extremists.
If you had even an ounce of journalistic integrity, you would call these groups “constitutionalists”, or Federalists.
Instead, your headline will have them viewed as “radical right wing extremists”.

Tell me again how new subscriptions to the AJC are going and ask yourself what your contribution is?

NotSchooled-Elect Me!

November 30th, 2010
10:52 am

So is he going to kill farm subsidy program?

In his district – $859 million in subsidies 1995-2009

Just Wait

November 30th, 2010
11:13 am

Get off Galloway. The Tea Party is neither Patriots or Constitutionalists. They are just another special interest group taking advantage of current events.


November 30th, 2010
11:19 am

Rich people welfare,the so called lottery!

Just Nasty & Mean

November 30th, 2010
12:05 pm

Tea Partiers a “special interest group”?? You must be kidding!
There is no central control, leadership, head or clearing house for the Tea Party!
These are thousands of independently minded grassroots patriots concerned about the direction of their country. Collectively, and individually, they see Obamanomics, Obamacare, and Socialist/Marxist as the OPPOSITE of the wishes of the founding fathers, what made this country exceptional and the most free representative republic on the planet.

Special interest group?, ACORN, SEIU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO–ALL centrally organized, managed, and controlled groups with millions of $$$, sugar daddies (George Soros), and/or government handouts intended to influence government and legislation to THEIR special interests….NOT the needs of the nation as a whole.

Focus your fire on them, and maintaining your freedom from government intrusion into your life.


November 30th, 2010
12:11 pm

Better not go with Federalists. They were accused of wanting a Monarchy in the US back in 1861.

GaBlue, I buy lottery tickets because I HOPE to win, and I see that the money goes to help people learn just a side benefit. I’d be more reluctant to buy them if that money went into the General Fund, though.

Keith Helms

November 30th, 2010
12:34 pm

The tea party is just as much a political party as the democrat party with its special interest, welfare which is nothing less than vote buying and Marxism.


November 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

This is way over my head….Go vote today…I am!


November 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Go Jack!

I’m proud to have him as my representative. A bright spot in a sea of slime.

Ghetto Grandpa

November 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

Its amusing how the posters above characterize only left/progressive oriented groups are called “special interest groups” while right of center groups are considered to be loyal, patriotic americans.

My favorite Tea-Party moment was the GOP/Tea-Party Congressman from Maryland complaining that he had to wait 28 days for his gold-plated Congressional health-care plan — while he campaigned against “Obamacare” and the plan to cover the millions of uninsured americans. That was hypocrisy at its finest.

OK, now bring on the personal attacks and namecalling.

Ghetto Grandpapapapa

November 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

The Congressional health-care plan should be Abolished immediately. Anyone within the Congress should be Given the Blessing of using the health care plan just passed onto all of us working shlubs. Believe me, Rep, Dem or independent, Congress is happy it has its own golden parachute of healthcare. Pathetic.

Last Man Standing

November 30th, 2010
4:26 pm

I love the Georgia Lottery. Where else can you get uneducated people (for the most part) lining up to buy lottery tickets with money they could better spend on necessities in order to pay for wealthier people’s children’s college education? It is a tax on stupidity!


November 30th, 2010
4:31 pm

Ralston, where are you going to cut an additional $2 billion from? Education and Medicaid are 70% of all expenditures paid out. Sonny has already stripped all the other 30% bare. I guess we will be cutting services now.


November 30th, 2010
4:33 pm

Last Man Standing

November 30th, 2010
4:26 pm
I love the Georgia Lottery. Where else can you get uneducated people (for the most part) lining up to buy lottery tickets with money they could better spend on necessities in order to pay for wealthier people’s children’s college education? It is a tax on stupidity!

At least we are getting some proceeds out of the parasites that are draining society.

[...] As mentioned this morning, U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah and Jerry Lewis of California put themselves on a Monday evening conference call organized by Tea Party Patriots – a kind of campaign appearance in the race for chairman of the House Appropriation Committee. [...]

Last Man Standing

November 30th, 2010
5:14 pm


I’d have to say you are correct! I live outside a small town. The gas station where I buy gas also sells lottery tickets. I invariably must wait in line to pay for my gas porchase while people buy and pay for lottery tickets. Since I know many, if not most, of the lottery ticket buyers, I am aware that they are welfare/ADC recipients. It’s so nice to see our tax dollars at work!


December 1st, 2010
11:34 pm Keep supporting the rich fat cats and starve the poor. Merry Christmas GOP.