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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Scott Garrett
Despite taking a beating this week in the "fiscal cliff" showdown with President Obama and Democrats, conservative Republicans have vowed to regroup in coming weeks and redouble their efforts to rein in federal spending.
Liberals were partly right when they criticized House Republicans, saying the new requirement for a constitutional justification for each new piece of legislation was mere posturing. The sniping, however, came from the wrong angle. The problem isn't with the requirement, but with its loopholes and lack of enforcement teeth.
Congressional Democrats led by outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi are so intent on expanding government that they deny the Constitution imposes any limits on their power. Rep. Scott Garrett, New Jersey Republican, insists federal lawmakers be blocked from exceeding its authority. On Tuesday, he offered a resolution that will serve as an acid test to see whether the incoming Congress is serious about limiting government.
Rep. Scott Garrett, New Jersey Republican, said Thursday that the outrage over conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's comments on contraception last year drew far more national reportage than has the trial, which he described as "nonexistent."