The GOP Must Shoot for the Sky on Budget Cuts

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That’s not enough. Ryan, recognizing this, has repeatedly said that his initial pass at budget-cutting is just a first step and that he will come back again and again and again with more cuts.

But Ryan, despite his sincerity and good intentions, misses the point: In this first go-round with Obama, the Republican House should reach for the sky. By low-balling their budget proposal, they create the illusion that they are just tinkering with the budget, rather than really cutting it. Conservatives, tea party activists and GOP voters will be disappointed, and a rift may develop within the party.

Ryan and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., need to come in with a set of budget cuts that give the impression of real reductions. Rogers announced that he will try to find an extra $26 billion of cuts, bringing the total to $61 billion. But $61 billion is still short of the $100 billion the GOP promised. Sure, on an annualized basis, it comes to $100 billion, but so what?

One hundred billion dollars should mean $100 billion. Not $35 billion or $61 billion. But $100 billion of cuts!

This is the GOP’s moment. Don’t blow it!

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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.