Pennsylvania's junior senator, Pat Toomey, has been in office for only two years, but already is making his mark on that august body. He is conservative on fiscal matters, social issues, and on national security policy. In spite of the fact that he is the most conservative senator from Pennsylvania since Edward Martin (1947 to 1959), he does not hesitate to come up with forward-looking proposals to solve our nation's critical problems.
He is willing to "reach across the aisle" in an attempt to work with Democrats. But unlike John McCain and certain other Republican senators, our Sen. Toomey is not willing to abandon his conservative principles. Close observers of the political scene will recall that Toomey served on the Simpson-Bowles Commission, which was appointed to find solutions for our dire fiscal circumstances.
Toomey was among the very few commission members who came up with bold proposals to break the impasse. In the end, most Republicans and Democrats on that commission were willing to make certain compromises that were distasteful to them, but after the commission filed its report, Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress refused to go along with even modest cuts in spending. So now we are on the brink of what pundits like to call the "fiscal cliff."
In the area of national defense and American sovereignty, Pennsylvania's junior senator also sticks to his principles. He insists upon American military might and he is obdurate in refusing "willy-nilly" to ratify United Nations treaties, which may sound good on the surface, but may very well threaten American sovereignty in the future. The "Law of the Sea Treaty" and the "Americans with Disabilities Treaty" are two of the many examples. And certain U.N. apologists are working feverishly on a United Nations gun control treaty. Many of the persons pushing these and other U.N. treaties are passionately in favor of "world government."
We have had too many leaders in both political parties, including both presidents Bush, who have pushed America into unwise intervention around the world. Where has this intervention gotten us? Anyone who follows the news should understand the dire consequences in terms of the sacrifice of American blood, money, and stature.
Because of their differing ideas on taxes, debt, big government expansion, and national sovereignty, Toomey can be labeled a "Reagan Republican" -- certainly not a Bush Republican.
Donald J. Ely,
n Donald J. Ely is the Republican state committeeman for Northumberland County. He taught government and history in Shikellamy High School for more than 30 years.