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National Review: Collins Has A Problem with Blacks

I almost feel badly for Chris Collins. Almost. 

My Congressman did a good thing this week, slamming proposed FDA rules against aging cheese on wood boards. It wasn’t the regulatory overreach that Collins made it out to be, but it was a horribly stupid interpretation of existing regulations. 

The FDA opined that wood planks weren’t especially cleanable, but wood has natural antibacterial properties and has been used in cheesemaking for thousands of years without a problem. The FDA backed down from any ban on wood

But sheesh, talk about burying the lede. 

Collins has done a lot to become attractive to the tea party set since his time in Washington, but everything about him reeks of corporate country club elite Republican, and that’s now finding him under fire from the right, for the first time. 

No one criticizes him in western New York because of his deep pockets. Washington’s National Review Online bloggers have no such issue. What has he done? He pissed off
an ultra right-wing SuperPAC. 

Heritage Action blasted Congressman Chris Collins, who represents New York’s 27th District, for apparently engaging in textbook cronyism. Collins, a millionaire many times over, is circulating a letter in Congress in support of re-authorizing the Export-Import Bank, from which one of his businesses, Audubon Machinery Corporation, has benefited in the past. Collins is a co-founder of and serves on the board of directors for Audubon.

A Heritage Action spokesman told The Hill, “Here’s Rep. Collins leading the charge of an entity that he’s personallybenefited from. That’s the definition of Washington working for itself.”

Collins responded, “This shows how out of touch Heritage is with how jobs are created in this country. They don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re a think tank. They’re not out in the real world.”

That’s rich. Collins accusing someone else of being out of touch with the “real world”. Which “real world?” To Collins, it’s the “real world” of well-connected multimillionaires getting sweet deals through federally subsidized banks. Corporate welfare. There is nothing stopping Collins or his companies from financing international deals through private banks. 

Whatever. It’s a Washington thing that has very little impact on you or me. This, however, is a blockbuster

I was briefly employed by Collins in 2013 but was terminated after three months and did not leave on good terms with the congressman. My impression was that Collins had a steep congressional learning curve. His staff had to coach him to talk less about himself to constituents, and at one point he asked about “a black” being on a Congressional committee after being told that the committee included several minority leaders.

If true, this is a remarkable insight into Collins’ complete and utter lack of character. No amount of Boy Scout talk (an organization that didn’t eliminate racial discrimination until 1974) can make up for a racial animus or discriminatory character. What difference, in 2014, does it make whether there are Black people on Congressional committees? 

Remember – this isn’t some moonbat liberal making this accusation, this is an ultra-right wing former staffer. She was terminated rather quickly, so maybe there are some hard feelings/sour grapes, but it’s an explosive charge to make so casually. 

Collins also made a conscious effort not to ruffle any conservative feathers, and he does not have a seat on  the House Financial Services Committee. 

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has called the Export-Import Bank “the face of cronyism.”

Most conservative Republicans do not support re-authorizing the bank. Collins, who almost always votes straight down the Republican line, is one of the few exceptions. A spokesman for the Congressman told The Hill that Audubon has not recently received a direct loan from the bank. Collins regularly touts smaller government, which makes it hard to understand why he would choose to make theEx-Im Bank his one major battle.

I actually support reauthorization of the Ex-Im bank. Not only does it disproportionately help smaller businesses enter the international market in cases where they’re unable to get decent international credit rates, but also because the tea party is out to kill it, which must mean it serves some public good. The tea party exists for one purpose: to destroy America and all she stands for; to create some sort of bizarre hybrid libertarian Christian jihadist confederation where everyone is armed and dangerous. So, yay Ex-Im Bank. 

But Collins’ alleged problem with Black Congressmen being members of committees is something that needs to be addressed and explained. 


  • BufChester

    “Auburn has not recently received a direct loan from the bank.” That sounds like a very carefully parsed statement.

  • rhmaccallum

    “The tea party exists for one purpose: to destroy America and all she stands for; to create some sort of bizarre hybrid libertarian Christian jihadist confederation where everyone is armed and dangerous.”
    Best definition I’ve heard yet.

    • Earl Gonzalez

      Is that a tinfoil hat you are wearing?

  • The proposed FDA action was a horrible case of regulatory overreach. I think I’m capable of deciding which cheese to eat without government making the decision for me. It’s bad enough that I can’t buy reblochon! http://escapehatchdallas.com/2010/06/28/the-cheese-monger%E2%80%99s-dilemma-i-want-my-reblochon/

  • observer

    The Import-Export Bank is a good job-creating organization that costs the taxpayers nothing — they are supported by the fees they charge for their services. I’m no fan of Collins, but he is right on that.
    Concerning black members of congressional committees, Chris has never been particularly enlightened on such things. Perhaps Kathy Weppner, running in a district with a large minority population, could coach Chris on this.

  • Robert Barrel

    Who in the Democratic Party is going to run against him? I’d like to know so that I can contribute to his or her campaign.

    • Earl Gonzalez

      In this election cycle you would be better of just burning your money. At least you could get a little warmth from it.

  • UncleBluck

    If the left wing media picks up on this…..Collins is done…….

    • Sean Crowley

      Who ? Artvoice you mean?

  • knowtoomuch

    Omg! Did anyone ask if there was a white person on the committee? Such horror! Liberal tools!

  • TruthBeTold

    Collins allegedly asked if there was a black on a committee; such as someone from the Congressional Black Caucus?

    What am I missing?

  • Earl Gonzalez

    Boy Scouts didn’t eliminate racial discrimination until 1974? That would be before Robert Byrd denounced the KKK. Not too long after he and Al gore sr filibustered the civil rights act.

    Please tell me how many black republicans have ever been on the “Congressional Black Caucus”? How many black conservatives have been referred to as uncle toms? Here is a good list of them

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Republicanism_in_the_United_States

    The straw man argument of finding racism in everything you disagree with when the person you are opposing is black does not work anymore. Dumb comments made in politically charged environments all the time. It would be wonderful for the media to start taking attention of dumb things black liberals say about white conservatives but I would not expect that to happen soon.

    • UncleBluck

      Anyone who uses Wikipedia as their source of information should not be using the word “dumb” to describe anyone or anything…..

    • You let me know when Robert Byrd has anything to do with this, or Al Gore, Sr. You also let me know when 10 years is “not too long”. Also, let’s make-believe that Dixiecrats like Strom Thurmond aren’t simply the core of today’s Republican Party.

      Also, Gore, Sr. was one of only three Southern Senators to refuse to sign the Southern Manifesto, and although he opposed the CRA of 1964, he voted for the CRA of 1965, allowing Nixon and Agnew to refer to him in 1970 as the “Southern regional chairman of the Eastern Liberal Establishment”, as part of the Nixon “Southern Strategy“, whereby the Republican Party gained support in that region through overt racial animus.

      Here is your Lee Atwater-built Republican Party, in a handy nutshell:

      You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

      tl;dr fuck off, racist.