In October 2007, in a newsletter for his constituents, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, said this:
Each year, Congress is challenged with determining how to spend taxpayer dollars. We must ask ourselves a difficult question: should we continue to fund programs that are politically advantageous or should we make tough decisions to cut spending to decrease our ever-growing federal debt? While the path of least resistance is to increase spending, the long-term implications of a deficit are far more dangerous than any spending cut.
On Sunday, he was one of three Republicans to vote in favor of a $1.1 trillion spending bill. The bill never would have made it to a vote but for Shelby’s vote to end a Republican filibuster.
No question, Shelby’s vote brought lots of bacon to Alabama — especially to his hometown Tuscaloosa. Also without question, Shelby’s long-winded and frequent diatribes about federal spending are nothing but rhetoric. He is all about “politically advantageous” votes, not conservative ideology.