The Republican Message on Spending Matters

    Rumor has it that House GOP freshmen and the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) led by Jim Jordan beat the snot out of House Republican leadership and that the leadership is working on getting to $100 billion in cuts. If that happens, it is great news – but there remains a big problem. The problem is that by being so timid, Republicans are making their | Read More »

    The Republican Message on Spending Matters

    Rumor has it that House GOP freshmen and the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) led by Jim Jordan beat the snot out of House Republican leadership and that the leadership is working on getting to $100 billion in cuts. If that happens, it is great news – but there remains a big problem. The problem is that by being so timid, Republicans are making their | Read More »

    “Right Now, Not Next Year, But Now”

    Congressional Republicans are breaking their pledge to cut spending “right now, not next year, but now.” Yet, the editors of National Review today, while swooning over the latest budget proposal of Paul Ryan (R-WI), lauded the House GOP for an “actual honest-to-God reduction in federal outlays of $32 billion.” How about we take a look at this with an honest-to-God perspective and the ability to | Read More »

    “Right Now, Not Next Year, But Now”

    Congressional Republicans are breaking their pledge to cut spending “right now, not next year, but now.” Yet, the editors of National Review today, while swooning over the latest budget proposal of Paul Ryan (R-WI), lauded the House GOP for an “actual honest-to-God reduction in federal outlays of $32 billion.” How about we take a look at this with an honest-to-God perspective and the ability to | Read More »

    They’re Not Lions

    From the diaries by Erick When House Republicans rolled out the Pledge to Americalast fall, my first thought was, “Not exactly a roar here. More like a squeak.” Return spending back to 2008 levels? Ooohh, knock me over with a feather at the decisive nature of that one. Cut $100 billion from non-security discretionary spending in 2011? Wow. We’re how many trillions in debt and | Read More »

    They’re Not Lions

    From the diaries by Erick When House Republicans rolled out the Pledge to Americalast fall, my first thought was, “Not exactly a roar here. More like a squeak.” Return spending back to 2008 levels? Ooohh, knock me over with a feather at the decisive nature of that one. Cut $100 billion from non-security discretionary spending in 2011? Wow. We’re how many trillions in debt and | Read More »

    Just Cut It Already

    Many of us didn’t even like the Republican “Pledge” to America. But there they were, those bastions of Republican leadership promising this and that (because what we need from politicians are more promises). Well, they promised to save $100 billion in spending in the first year. But suddenly, they’re debating what the definiton of the word “year” is, and whether we should “annualize” the cuts | Read More »

    Just Cut It Already

    Many of us didn’t even like the Republican “Pledge” to America. But there they were, those bastions of Republican leadership promising this and that (because what we need from politicians are more promises). Well, they promised to save $100 billion in spending in the first year. But suddenly, they’re debating what the definiton of the word “year” is, and whether we should “annualize” the cuts | Read More »