I just caught a couple minutes of Ralph Bristol’s radio show this morning. He was interviewing local Congressman Jim Cooper. Cooper is the only member of the Tennessee House delegation to have voted against the stimulus package. He thinks that adding another $150 billion to the deficit isn’t how you stimulate the economy. He’s right.
Rep. Cooper has been a spending hawk during his second stint in Congress. He is deeply disappointed at the presidential field, saying that the only candidate who was even talking about the cuts needed in entitlement programs was Fred Thompson, and “You can see what that got him; people don’t want to be told the truth.”
What makes Cooper’s favorable remarks about Fred even more notable was that Jim Cooper was the six-term Democratic Congressman and son of a popular former Tennessee Governor who in 1994 blew a 20-point lead to a novice candidate running for his first elected office: Fred Thompson.