Rep. Virginia Foxx, The Socialist?

January 11, 2010 4:53 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) is not one to mince her words.  Foxx, a frequent critic of President Obama and the Democratic-led Congress, has repeatedly invoked the specter of communism and socialism in her diatribes against her political opponents.  She goes so far, in fact, that she has even warned that Democratic proposals for health care reform are a greater threat to our country than any terrorist.  Ranked as one of the most fiscally conservative members of the House by the Club for Growth, Foxx has a penchant for criticizing federal funding while at the same time supporting federal funding in her own district.  Her latest display of hypocrisy is her support for a USDA Rural Development grant and loan for a local fire station

The Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire Department received a $100,000 grant and a $40,000 low-interest loan so the department could purchase a new fire truck and replace obsolete fire equipment.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx made the announcement on Monday.  She said the grant and loan are both from USDA Rural Development.

In a released statement Foxx said, "I remain committed to supporting local firefighters with the distribution of these critical funds.  It is important that firefighters and emergency responders throughout the 5th District are given the necessary resources to perform their job and assist in protecting the citizens of their community.  I am pleased the USDA has recognized the Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire Department's needs and responded appropriately."

Of course, securing funding for local fire departments should be applauded.  Equally important, though, are social services in congressional districts beyond North Carolina's 5th, at which Foxx routinely scoffs.

Foxx's support for the fire department seems to go against her conservative philosophy, which states both that government is evil and that the free market is more efficient at fighting fires and rescuing kittens from trees.  By her own distorted and antiquated logic, in which health care reform translates into government control over health care, is not the fire department a bastion of the very socialism that Foxx abhors?