Throwing out his old, worn standard – the Liberals are coming, the Liberals are coming – Souder has already saddled up his trusty steed of conservatism and started to send out letters soliciting donations.   Whining that he is a “good” conservative, he is now portraying himself as a poor, beleaguered Indiana conservative fleeing from the “nasty, old Liberals” who are after his seat.

Souder has the ability to talk much and say little.  I have found in the few conversations I have had with him that it is hard to get a word in edgewise, and that tactic becomes useful when you have little to say in an unrehearsed situation.

But, Lord, give him a rehearsed forum, and he can ramble for hours without taking a position a la his performance in 2008 at a meeting he held to try to explain what was happening with the VA inpatient issue in Fort Wayne.  By the time the meeting was over, few understood what he had just said and even fewer understood his position.

But, Souder’s hypocrisy has never been more visible than his recent assault against President Obama, calling the President a “liar.”  Apparently Souder has forgotten the following pledge that he took in 1994 as he signed the now-infamous Contract with America (bet he had his fingers crossed behind his back):


As Republican Members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body, we propose not just to change its policies, but to restore the bounds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.

    Within the first hundred days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given a full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote, and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny:

  1. The Fiscal Responsibility Act: Balanced budget amendment & line item veto
  2. The Taking Back Our Streets Act: More prisons, more enforcement, more death penalty
  3. The Personal Responsibility Act: Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending
  4. The Families Reinforcement Act: Use tax code to foster families
  5. The American Dream Restoration Act: Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes
  6. The National Security Restoration Act: No US troops under UN command; more defense spending
  7. The Senior Citizens Fairness Act: Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings
  8. The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act: Incentives to small businesses
  9. The Common Sense Legal Reforms Act: Limit punitive damages
  10. The Citizen Legislature Act: Term limits on Congress

Further, we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation above, to ensure that the federal budget will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills. Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens as we seek their mandate for reform, we hereby pledge our names to this Contract with America.

Hmm – didn’t Souder say he would only run for six terms?  Gosh, I guess he lied.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Iceironman says:

    They are all liars. I just cant afford obamas lies.

  2. I am fairly conservative myself; however, I certainly will not vote for Mark Souder. I also am irritated by his violation of his term limits promise.

    Mike Sylvester

  3. lewis allen says:

    Wow, it’s fun to look back on the “contract for America” and see how many of these ideas were just plain bad to begin with. What kind of bloodlusters would wish for “more death penalty”?

  4. kent says:

    You want to hear REAL crazy Sauder listen to his appearance on mid-day matters on NPR 89.1. The dude was out of control..was making almost no sense while claiming death panels are real, Luthern Hospital is gonna shut down, the illegal immigration crap and insisted that Obama is a liar. The tangled web he spins is mind boggling. Even moderate republican friends were astounded. Of course the “moderators” did nutin but stand back and watch. In trying to avoid the questions he was asked he sounded even more like a crazy person than normal. It is a piece of work!

  5. Kent:

    I think Souder rambles so he doesn’t have to answer questions. You are right on that one. And the more he rambles, the more he sounds incoherent.

  6. Judith says:

    Kent–Everyone can hear Mark Souder at on Midday Matters of Sept. 28. In addition to the irrational comments that you relate, Rep. Souder said he could not agree with any part of the proposed health care reform legislation, mainly because he believes profit is necessary to keep our capitalistic society, and this is limited by the Democratic bill. When asked about the compensation for 7 health insurance execs between 3-26 million in one year, he replied that while he agreed the pay was high, he defended the companies right to set pay. He alluded to the year’s profits that resulted from the Medicare Prescription Drug legislation that he said pitted the insurance companies against the pharmaceuticals to reduce costs. He said the millions given to the insurance company were pittance compared to the savings they were able to achieve. He was disapointed the company decided to give the incentive bonus to the execs, but the company had that right. He said people tend to think any compensation that is more than their own pay is too much!! What a comparison to the millions!

    To me, this is a call for the public option! Without real competition the insurance companies will continue to seek profit to reward execs and shareholders, even while finding ways to limit payments for patients!!!

    Our country is the only nation in all the world that allows for-profit health insurance companies! Even here this insurance was first offered by not-for-profit companies. Over the years this changed as the profit motive prevailed!

  7. lewis allen says:

    We need Tom Hayhurst, and we need him now.

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