GOP Young Guns coming to Tampa aren't that young

Now their other partner, Mr. Ryan, is just 41. That to us, qualifies as a Young Gun.


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But seriously, if you compare the three to 1988 Kiefer Sutherland-Emilio Estevez vehicle, then even that is a big stretch.


In any event, let's just say the three are at the height of their political powers, which, depending on your political perspective, is either a good or not so good thing.


Cantor has distinguished himself as one of Barack Obama's chief nemesis over the past couple of years, and though he's not officially in the Tea Party caucus, seems to be be fully in that camp of the party, more so than "Leader Boehner."


Over the weekend, before Hurricane Irene had hit home state in a storm that led to the deaths of over 20 people, he was calling for budget cuts to pay for FEMA services.


Meanwhile as President Obama prepares to address the nation on a new jobs plan next week, Cantor is previewing the House GOP plan as well, which he writes in a memo to fellow House Republicans will focus on regulation and tax treatment of businesses.


"What we're looking to do as we return to Washington next week is to focus on how to stop the federal government from making it so difficult for small business people to create jobs," Cantor told Fox News.


Cantor said Washington has started to address its debt crisis, but must move next to what he described as a "very critical jobs and growth crisis."


"We want to grow. Want to put in place policies that help small businesses grow," he said.


Cantor vowed to pursue a "steady repeal" of select regulations to empower businesses to kick up hiring. He listed 10 in particular, many dealing with Environmental Protection Agency policies — including new requirements on employers using boilers, and regulations affecting cement plants.


Also scheduled to appear at the "Young Guns" roundtable/luncheon at the Palma Ceia Golf Course is Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (still definitely a "young gun" at 37), Pasco/Pinellas Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

As House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor is the second most powerful man in the House of Representatives behind John Boehner.

Last year the Virginia Republican teamed up with colleagues Kevin McCarthy from California and Paul Ryan from Wisconsin to write a book they dubbed "Young Guns."

2/3rds of that dynamic trio, Cantor and McCarthy, will be in Tampa next week to host a discussion and fundraising lunch for other House Republicans.

But before we go any further, how 'bout a little truth in advertising? Cantor is 48. McCarthy 46.

They ain't Young anything.

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