What are these scores all about? Well, the Heritage Foundation has done an exhaustive review of the voting records of all members of the U.S. Congress. They have created a website where the votes and scores are displayed for each member for every one to see.According to the Heritage Action Score Card website:
"With each vote cast in Congress, freedom either advances or recedes. Heritage Action’s new legislative scorecard allows Americans to see whether their Members of Congress are fighting for freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society. The scorecard is comprehensive, covering the full spectrum of conservatism, and includes legislative action on issues both large and small.
Heritage Action's legislative scorecard isn't graded on a curve – it is tough and we don't apologize. After all, we are conservatives, not tenured university professors."
Simply go to the Heritage Action Score Card website by clicking here.
Just click on your state and the voting record and report card on your members of Congress pops up. Click on the members name to get their detailed voting record.
Here are some the interesting things I noticed about my state of Florida:
Democrat Senator Bill Nelson scores a 10%. Freshman Republican Senator Marco Rubio scores an astounding 93%. Time to send Bill packing and replace him with someone who will score in the 90 percentile - like Adam Hasner.
First Democrats across the board do horribly bad. DNCC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz scores at miserable 4%. Debbie gets an "F- - - -". Figures that Obama and the Democrat Party would pick her. For Democrats Wasserman-Schultz's score is a badge of honor. Why isn't she at 0%? I am sure President Obama will speak with her about that.
Two of my favorite Democrat Representatives are Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson each with a score of 10%. That is twice what Debbie got. She needs to reign in Alcee and Frederica. Are they voting too Republican?
I noticed that some Republican members of Congress from Florida have scores in the 40% to 60% area (Vern Buchanan, John Mica, Ander Crenshaw, David Rivera, Mario Diaz-Belart, Ilena Ros-Lechtinen). These are all C and C minuses. This is not good. If Republicans really mean what they say then they should vote in a way that garners them a high score on the Heritage Action Score Card. Conservatism must take root in the Republican party.
Allen West scored a 74%. I would have expected him to be the top scorer.
Kudos to FL Representatives Connie Mack, Jeff Miller, Steve Southerland and Dennis Ross for scoring in the 80th percentile.
Check out your state and your members of Congress. It is fun if you enjoy all things political.