What happened to the John Hall Standard?

You may have noticed the first recurring feature on our blog, “John Hall vs. the Constitution” (link to Part I, Part II, and Part III).  As it happens, Mr. Hall provides so much for us to talk about that we’re introducing a second recurring feature, in which we’ll be cataloguing the ways in which he fails to live up to his own criteria for re-election.

The title – “What Happened to the John Hall Standard?” – is inspired by the Associated Press’s “Spin Meter”, which recently asked  “What happened to the Kagan Standard?” The AP raised this question in response to Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s generally unrevealing testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her Supreme Court confirmation process, despite Ms. Kagan’s blunt criticism years earlier of those same hearings as devoid of any relevant or enlightening content.

Similarly, John Hall selectively forgets the rhetoric of his own past campaigns in order to convince us he deserves one more term in office.  We’re here to remind him that he has repeatedly missed his own mark, which in turn brings his own fitness for re-election into question.

Here’s a September press release from the 2006 Hall campaign, in which then-challenger Hall discusses deficit spending by his incumbent opponent:

“The CBO projects the country’s budget deficit for 2007 to be $286 billion, up from $260 billion this year. With no intention of balancing a budget, Sue Kelly and the Bush administration are, in effect, spending money they don’t have and passing the bill on to future generations.  John Hall stands for fiscal responsibility, and as a public servant has always enacted or supported balanced budgets.”

And, yet, today the deficit has increased nearly fivefold, to $1.42 trillion – the result of multiple failed “stimulus” packages, industry bailouts, and a vast array of unsupportable new entitlements including a job-killing health care law – on all of which John Hall enthusiastically voted “yes”.  It makes a $286 billion deficit sound like the bygone days of fiscal responsibility.  On that note:  Mr. Hall, why are you not clamoring for the leaders of your own party to produce a budget – and a balanced budget, while you’re at it?

Then-Candidate Hall’s concern over “passing the bill on to future generations” would be heartwarming if it weren’t so starkly contradicted by his own voting record.  Those future generations will surely wish that John Hall’s philosophy (prudent on its face) had survived his election to Congress.  It’s for their sake that we must now elect a Congresswoman who will uphold the standard of fiscal responsibility our economy needs to recover.


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