You pretty much knew the so called Super Committee would be a fraud. How many spending cut scams have Speaker Boehner, Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy dumped on the taxpayers since the tea party and fiscal conservatives joined hands to fire Pelosi? In the last year the GOP Leadership gamed the taxpayers time after time, always with the promise that the next spending resolution would be the line in the sand. Dammit, it’s not that hard to find cuts in an
budget uncontrolled spending binge that has seen federal expenditures jump by well over a trillion dollars since 2008.
The Super Committee is just the latest Boehner trick to wiggle out of a showdown on spending with Obama. For the promise of a Super Committee that would find 1.5 trillion to cut over ten (TEN!) years, Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy rolled over for Obama to give him 2 trillion more in deficit spending. We are well on our way, since the country reached the nice round number of 15 trillion in debt just this week. 15 trillion headed to 17 trillion. . .
Yes, the GOP gave a knife to Obama and the Democrats which will be used to gut the American taxpayer yet again. I refuse to believe Boehner is stupid and so the outrage is that he is OK with all this if it saves face and a few Republican seats in the House. I’d say we’ve been scammed but this ploy doesn’t fit the definition of a scam since most of those to be scammed had it figured from the get-go. This is more in the vein of the Leadership saying hey, looky here at this fig leaf and what the devil you gonna do about it, Sparky? (Hold that thought.)
Truly now, what’s the deal with Republicans refusing to do what they were tasked to do in the 2010 election? The problem is the top of the GOP isn’t all that worked up about discretionary spending. That’s the reality. They’d like to do something on the mandatory spending, the entitlements and Social Security because they see that as simply unsustainable and it is, but they are scared to death to proceed. They are cowards, kicking that can down the road, but let’s put Grandma’s check to the side for a moment and focus on the discretionary spending. We are constantly told that there is not enough money there to fix the budget problem … but it is a LOT of money.
Some Republicans, Like Tom Coburn (OK) have tried to find cuts. And what happens?
Oklahoma Republican senator Tom Coburn offered an amendment two weeks ago to reduce funding for the Rural Development Agency (RDA) by $1 billion. A 2007 Washington Post investigation of the agency stated, “More than three decades after the program was created, USDA officials still don’t know whether it works.” The Congressional Research Service has found there are “more than 88 programs administered by 16 different federal agencies to target rural economic development.” In recent years the RDA has used taxpayer money to make profligate loans to casinos, beach resorts, and water parks. Still, 85 Senators, consisting of every Democrat and many Republicans, opposed the cut to this wasteful spending. Only 13 senators, all Republicans, supported Coburn’s amendment. –Senator Jim DeMint
It’s worse than that Patriots. Not only do they refuse real cuts, they are spending more! DeMint explains:
Just two weeks ago, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate passed three new spending bills to increase 2012 funding above 2011 funding levels. The bills will increase spending for the Department of Agriculture by $6.4 billion; for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development by more than $2 billion; and for the Commerce, Justice, and State departments by more than $694 million.
Oh, you want to see where there is real money to be saved? How about the Department of Education?
When it’s all said and done, the president’s Fy2011 budget for the Department of Education tops $77 billion. This includes $50 billion in discretionary spending, $1 billion for successful ESEA reauthorization, and $35 billion for Pell grants, which became mandatory in 2010. The budget increase comes on top of last year’s $100 billion infusion of “stimulus” cash into the Department of Education’s coffer. Unfortunately, the sacred cow of education spending has been spared of the spending freeze. —Lindsey Burke, Heritage.org
In a few days the Super Committee is required to report with their cost savings. Senate Leader McConnell and most Republicans have said over and over failure is not an option. Representative Jeb Hensarling, the top Republican on the committee said a few days ago that tax increases are a reality. Aint that a kick in the head? Yes, it looks like a deal will be cut that will include new taxes, despite all the promises, signed pledges and blood oaths of Republicans. It’s all proving to be worth no more than “read my lips.”
Now…back to that question of what to do about it. I hope I’m wrong about the Leadership manipulating us towards a “balanced” deal. If these Republicans at the top of the GOP cave to a tax increase, they don’t deserve to be in leadership and all three, Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy should be removed from their positions. If the GOP doesn’t dump them in 2013, then I say the Republican party should be dead to fiscal and Constitutional conservatives. Dead, as in we don’t want to hear it any more. Dead, as in not another dime to Republicans until the rot at the top is replaced.
*Feature image: John Pritchett
** I hate it’s come to this during this crisis election cycle. I’d much prefer to find something positive to talk about or focus on the terrible Obama record. Sorry, these establishment RINOs are making it impossible. We can’t let them get away with their blatant, transparent contempt for the people who elect them. Otherwise, they have effectively co-opted us just as they have co-opted half the Tea Party candidates we elected only a year ago.