Last night, the TV news show 60 Minutes
had a profile of Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake
and his noble tilting-at-windmills campaign against earmarks and wasteful government spending. Just for fun, I checked the rating of the National Taxpayers Union
, which grades lawmakers for "responsible tax and spending policies." By a large margin, the NTU gives Flake its highest grade
of 91 percent.
By contrast, Nancy Pelosi, the next House speaker (now with probability 0.8
), gets a grade of 11 percent, close to the bottom of the class.