Roger Wicker Is No “Proven Conservative”

Last week, The Daily Mississippian, the official paper at Ole Miss, ran an opinion piece by a junior banking and finance major, Wright Ricketts, which touted Roger Wicker’s conservative bona fides and called for his re-election to the US Senate in 2018. It was in response to an opinion published a few weeks ago by Will Hall, another Ole Miss student who stands by Chris McDaniel.
Ricketts praises Wicker throughout his piece. “Sen. Wicker is the proven conservative in this race. Pragmatic yet principled, Sen. Wicker has consistently and ardently advocated for conservative policies in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Mississippi, and his voting record proves it.”
Aside from the fact that it is impossible to be both pragmatic and principled, as one will certainly cancel out the other, Wicker’s record is far from conservative, and compared to Chris McDaniel, Roger Wicker is a flaming liberal.
Ricketts points to two large areas of public policy with very few specifics: “Sen. Wicker’s dedication to small government and individual liberty, along with his support for an ‘America First’ agenda, is evident in his voting record. Decades of consistently fighting for his Mississippi constituents, as well as for all Americans, to enact conservative policies in Washington make Sen. Wicker the clear choice for Republicans in Mississippi’s 2018 U.S. Senate race.”
So let’s consider Wicker’s “dedication to small government” first. I can disprove it with just two votes:
In 2011, Senator Rand Paul proposed a plan that would have balanced the budget in five years, generating a $19 billion surplus by 2016. It slashed spending by trillions, eliminated four cabinet departments, reformed entitlements, fully repealed Obamacare, and all without raising taxes a single cent. In fact, it restored the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that Obama had repealed in 2012 (see below). Yet Roger Wicker voted against it.
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