Monday, December 23, 2019

According to the Freedom Works Scorecard, Just How Conservative are your Congressmen and Senators?

Freedom Works is a conservative activist organization with over 6 million members who are passionate about promoting free markets and individual liberty. Members share three common traits: a desire for less government, lower taxes, and more economic freedom. Freedom Works was founded in 1986. Every year, Freedom Works produces a "scorecard" rating each member of the House and Senate. The higher the score the more often the legislature voted in agreement with positions taken my Freedom Works.  Below are the scores of Tennessee's delegation.

The Senate score is based on ten key votes and the House score is based on 30 key votes. To view the issues that comprise the score, follow these links: House, Senate. The highest possible score is "100."  The higher the score the more often the legislator agreed with the positions favored by Freedom Works.

You will notice that Senate Lamar Alexander has a low score of 24. Ten other Republican Senators had a lower scores including Mitch McConnell and Roy Blunt and Lindsay Graham.  There was not a single Senate Democrat who was more conservative than the most liberal Republican.

In the House you will notice that Jim Cooper scored a "9."  Cooper sometimes likes to pretend he is a conservative, but his votes does not support that contention.  There were 75 Democrats who scored as high or higher than Jim Cooper. Among the Democrat Representatives more conservative than Jim Cooper was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Except for one Republican who was more liberal than a Democrat and one Democrat who was more conservative than a Republican, all of the others divided as conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats.

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