“Deficit Hawk” Ends His Career Voting For Bigger Deficits


Two members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation ended their tenures in Washington DC this week. I wrote about Rep. Rick Berg earlier this week, who used his last vote to oppose the “fiscal cliff” deal.

It’s interesting to contrast Berg’s last vote with Senator Kent Conrad’s last vote. The self-described “deficit hawk” gave his final remarks on the floor of the US Senate talking about the “fiscal cliff” deal (video below), and admitted that “what we have passed is definitely not a deficit reduction measure.”

That’s an interesting admission. Conrad is right. The fiscal cliff deal wasn’t a deficit reduction bill. In fact, it was a bill that grows the deficit, by nearly $4 trillion according to the CBO.

Which means that Kent “Deficit Hawk” Conrad went down doing what he does best, which is complain about deficits even as he votes for bigger deficits.

Nor was it just the “fiscal cliff” vote that had Conrad helping to explode deficits on his way out the door. Conrad also voted for the Hurricane Sandy relief bill that was chock-full of pork spending that have nothing to do with the hurricane.

It’s a grim end for a man who went to the Senate vowing to reduce deficits.

Good riddance.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUxtXULLrSI&w=640&h=480]

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • $8194357

    Hiedi will fill his shoes just fine..
    I wonder if Comrade Kent will
    leave behind his charts and graphs
    guys for Hiedi to ‘wow’ them with?

  • Riley

    Gosh, didn’t Ho-van vote for it too? You Nodaks can sure pick ‘em…

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      Yes, both of them voted for both bills.

      Hoeven isn’t really that much of an improvement over a Democrat.

      • nimrod

        He did make Dorgan quit though, and you have to admire him for that.

        • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

          Actually, if you remember right, Hoeven never actually committed to a Senate run until Dorgan announced he was retiring.

          It was widely expected that Hoeven would get in, though.

          • OldConserv2011

            Deep down, I think Dorgan knew Hoeven was going to run, and he knew from experience that Hoeven was not really going to operate any differently than he himself, so he decided that he could safely retire with another tax and spend liberal to take his place. I have to admit that I was very naive to think that Hoeven was going to rush in and fully support my conservative values. Since his vote in favor of the fiscal cliff bill this week, I have called his Washington office, his Fargo, Bismarck and Minot offices and expressed very clearly and loudly that he will never again receive another vote from me. When he runs for re-election, I will not support him. Nor will I support a Democrat. I don’t care if it’s Sorum, Sand, or even Duane Hendrickson who runs against him, they’ve got my automatic vote. I’m done with the Hoeven-Dalrymple camp

          • $8194357

            Called by any other name…
            It is still the same thing……..

      • camsaure

        The absolutely ONLY thing Horeven is good for is the “R” behind his name being one step in the direction of majority. Unfortunately Horeven thinks the “R” stands for RINO. He is just as sleazy as Dorgan in trying to play the charade of saying one thing at home and doing the other in Washington.

        • $8194357

          NPL to the core….Both….

  • Radniecki

    Apparently this was the “right kind” of additional debt. Conrad was always for cutting taxes, welfare reform, reduced spending and the like. Yet when it came time to vote on any of those issues, he was always for tax hikes, against welfare reform, and of course the debt did nothing but increase during his whole time in Office. His excuse would always be, “it wasn’t the right kind of tax cut…It wasn’t the right kind welfare reform….It wasn’t the right kind of deficit reduction package…”

  • Radniecki

    The big question now: Will Heidi legislate as the Republican she campaigned as, or the Democrat she was elected as???

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      No. She’s going to be more liberal than Kome with the Kash Kent Conradwide.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    A fraud to the end.

  • Bat One

    So, Kent Conrad won’t be in the Senate any longer? How will you know he’s not there?

    • $8194357

      They might pass a budget?

  • Terry

    Is there another person alive (other than Obama) who is more responsible for the 16 trillion dollar debt we owe? This man was chairman of the Senate budget committee for about 10 years, including the last 3 years where they refused to even produce a budget even though they are legally obligated to do so. It disgusts me to see glowing articles in the Bismarck Tribune about Conrad’s career. The damage this man has done to our country’s finances and the potential damage that has yet to be wrought makes Bernie Madoff look like a girl scout. I know I will be thinking about Kent in years to come when my savings gets eaten up by inflation as this country prints more and more money to pay for this mess. Thanks a lot, Kent.