The GOP Must Shoot for the Sky on Budget Cuts

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Now is the time for the House Republicans to challenge President Obama to cut spending by voting to slash non-defense discretionary spending by the full $100 billion they promised in their 2010 campaign!

The Republican leadership needs to make a bold statement and send Obama a bill that sticks in his big-spending throat. If the Senate won’t pass it or the president threatens a veto, even better. Obama’s approval ratings — recently rising to 51 percent from 41 percent in the past two months according to the Fox News poll — will fall back down again, and lower, if he gets into a fight against cutting government spending. The Republicans in the House will have called his bluff about moving to the center and will force the kind of fiscal belt-tightening they heralded during the campaign.

And if the government has to operate in a state of crisis, with continuing resolutions keeping it funded day after day, so much the better! It will call attention to how intractable the Democrats are in resisting any cut in spending.

On March 4, the federal government runs out of money. The continuing resolutions under which the government has been operating expire then. Since no budget was ever adopted by the Democratic Congress last year (so nobody would add up the numbers), when the resolution ends, so does all funding.

Republicans should seize this opportunity to demand major cuts in spending. House Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, proposed a cut that, on an annualized basis, would reduce the budget by $100 billion below what Obama requested for 2012.

But, since Obama never got his budget passed — and there is only half a fiscal year left — the actual amount of Ryan’s cuts come to a paltry $35 billion below what was actually spent for half a year under the ancien regime.

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  • okrahead

    President Obama has issued an ultimatum to Speaker Boehner over the budget…

    From the desk of President B. Hussein Obama

    To: Speaker of the House John Boehner

    Dear Johnny,

    So, you guys got control of the House (for the time being) and you think you're going to tell Me how things are done? Well, let's have a little talk. I'm here to make you an offer you can't refuse. Specifically, you are going to approve my budget for $3.7 trillion, and you are going to like it, or else there will be consequences. Not a threat, just a statement of fact. Let Me point the facts out for you.

    Fact one, I'm the President. I got elected fair and square. I set the budget because I am The Man. Now you can whine, whimper and complain all you want, but at the end of the day I AM THE MAN! Let's say, for example, you try to cut some of My budget. Do you remember what happened in 1995? You Republicans thought you were all that and a bag of chips back then, didn't you? You even had control of the Senate back then. Well, what good did it do you? All Clinton had to do was keep vetoing the budget and even Gingrich had to cave. Face it, if the government gets shut down, nobody is going to blame Me. Nobody blamed Clinton in '95, nobody will blame Me in '11. The amerikkkan people will fall for the same old trick every time. Like the saying goes, there's a sucker born every minute, and if they don't get their monthly checks they'll be blaming you, not Me…. Read the rest here… http://beautifulletters-bls.blogspot.com/2011/02/

  • minnieiam

    Budget cuts should start with defunding all unnescessary grants, contracts and other payouts to any organization or person that is not absolutely vital to the running of our country Payments to organizations like ACORN and Planned Parenthood are just the tip of the iceberg. All left wing dissident groups are being funded through federal agencies. Some even brag that they have perpetual funding built into agency budgets. Reagan managed to cut off their federal funding. Why can't today's politicians do the same? The tax payers should not be forced to pay for the activities of people who want to destroy their way of life? Don't believe me? During the 1990s Donna Shelala, Clinton's Sec. of HUD, gave Louis Farakan's New Black Panther Army $16 million to provide security and self esteem clalsses in public housng. Bush either wouldn't or couldn't stop this travesty. You know Obama has accellerated it. If congress can't do it who can?

    • sflbib

      What???!!! No more federal funding for sandals for gay ex-nuns with a foot fetish?

  • jgreene

    Cut the damned budget NOW. $ 100 Billion is peanuts.

  • minnieiam

    Whatever happened to the sacred cow, Separation of church and State? when it comes to funding left wing anti American activities goverment agencies go out of their way to fund church activities. Just look at how much government the Muslim organizations are getting. some areas are actually funding their Madrassas.