EDITORIALS/Wicker for Senate
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 1:00 PM
Sen. Roger F. Wicker has fought for Mississippi in a reasoned, thoughtful and respectful manner, earning himself another term.
Three other candidates are seeking that office, among them, Democrat Albert N. Gore, Jr., Thomas Cramer from the Constitution Party and Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara.
Wicker was appointed to the seat by Gov. Haley R. Barbour when Sen. Trent Lott resigned in 2007.
Wicker won a special election over former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2008 to finish out the remainder of that term.
Now we believe Wicker should be re-elected to a full term in the Senate where he has served Mississippi with honor and effectiveness.
Wicker authored the COASTAL Act (Consumer Option for an Alternative System to Allocate Losses) to help reform the National Flood Insurance Program to help Mississippians and citizens of other states in the event of another devastating storm like Hurricane Katrina.
He was also instrumental in the RESTORE Act (Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities to Revived Economies) which invests the Clean Water Act fines as a result of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill into the Gulf Coast areas impacted by that disaster.
Wicker worked to cut spending through his support of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act which included a balanced budget amendment and a cap on federal spending as a portion of the economy.
He has been an advocate for energy independence, religious liberty, the life of the unborn and even Mississippi hunters.
He has worked for Mississippi military interests while serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee to the benefit of Mississippi shipbuilding for the Navy, and the Air Force missions at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and Key Field in Meridian.
Wicker has been an vocal opponent of President Barack Obama's healthcare tax and has stood against the Obama Administration's over-reach in areas like the questionable recess appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
With $16 trillion in debt, the nation faces some enormous challenges, no matter who occupies the White House.
We'll need leaders like Sen. Wicker to step up and aggressively reel in the spending, - especially on entitlements - substantially reduce the deficit and reform the tax code in order to restore and grow the American economy.
So committed ought Sen. Wicker be to restoring fiscal responsibility, he should be willing to make spending decisions as if this were his final term. That kind of fortitude will be required of leaders in Congress in order to turn back and resist plunging off the cliff like Greece and other European welfare states.
Sen. Wicker is an honorable man whose faith and family have high priority. We don't believe he'll have any trouble, especially in Madison County, but his service is worth noting as we urge his re-election to the United States Senate on Nov. 6.