Note: this page will be updated periodically as Jeff Miller's big-government record grows.
As of 1/31/2012, the majority (72%) of contributions thus far have come from influences outside the state of Florida, the largest amounts being from the DC area. But after 10 years running in government insider crowds, what are we to expect?
Miller voted with the Republican establishment to raise the debt ceiling yet again by over $2 trillion in one bill and create the failed, un-Constitutional "Super committee", kicking the can further down the road for our posterity to be saddled with.
Miller caved multiple times on limiting the budget, choosing to resume business as usual and proving that even after the wave of conservative voters demanding an end to runaway spending, he just doesn't get it. The people of this great state and nation want representatives willing to stand on principle and say NO to the continual and irresponsible accrual of debt, and Miller has shown his incapability to do so.
Miller voted for government healthcare, only in a different manner than Obama. He continues to support the Republican "Repeal and Replace" bill. The first question conservatives must ask is "Why replace it with anything?" The second is "Why maintain the Pre-Existing Conditions mandate?" This mandate is arguably the most dangerous Obamacare stipulation in the first place, and will inevitably lead to a single-payer system.
Miller voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (or NDAA), which gave President Obama the power to arrest and hold U.S. citizens, without charges or trial, indefinitely. This was a vote for Presidential authority to perpetuate endless war without the approval of Congress, and has been said to represent the largest hand-over of unchecked war authority from Congress to the executive branch in modern American history. This blatantly violates the Constitutional requirement for declaration of war, as well as the War Powers Resolution. Esteemed Congressman Ron Paul vocalized these concerns in his floor speech titled "The Last Nail".
Miller voted for the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2012, which will continue unchecked use of TSA's undertested and invasive naked-body radiation scanners, as well as physical groping procedures.
Miller voted for the anti-conservative REAL ID Act of 2005, which was deceptively titled the Immigrant Security Standards bill. Under the guise of restricting illegal immigration, this bill requires the federal government to establish a new database on ALL citizens, violating the Fourth (4th) Amendment. As the conservative Cato Institute argued, "the national ID created by the REAL ID Act would not add significantly to the country's protections against terrorism but, by placing sensitive information in nationally accessible government databases, it would invade Americans' privacy and expose them to Identity theft". When given the chance to reverse this mistake in multiple sessions with the REAL ID Repeal Acts, he refused.
Miller voted for Charlie Rangel's $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending bill. Opponents correctly argued that "The Nation's public debt and unemployment, combined, has risen by a shocking 40% [because of] literally trillions of dollars in additional spending under the Democrats' stimulus, energy, and health plans... We could have chosen a better policy of stimulating private-sector growth creating twice the jobs at half the price." Miller may not always support "big socialism" i.e. TARP bailouts, but he has no problem supporting "little socialism", aka "Republican socialism". He may claim that he is for the free market, but his record states the opposite.
Miller voted for the Orwellian Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 ("under the guise of a bill that calls for the study of 'homegrown terrorism,' Congress is apparently trying to broaden the definition of terrorism to encompass both First Amendment political activity and traditional forms of protest such as nonviolent civil disobedience, according to civil liberties advocates, scholars and historians"). The bill would have attacked gun clubs, anti-globalization activists, and others who value individual liberties over government encroachment and tyranny, and is in line with the now-infamous MIAC report demonizing peaceful conservative activists.
Miller voted for No Child Left Behind, one of the largest Department of Education expansions in history. Unfortunately, the place this has left U.S. children "behind" the most is in plummeting world education rankings.
Miller has not been a vocal leader in the fights against government expansion, globalism and the United Nations, and other anti-conservative attitudes, despite his rhetoric.
Miller is a "Yes Man" (votes with party over 90%) and has low approval ratings (only 33% from state) [OpenCongress].
[More at TMC]