Can someone start the bonfire so we have some heat to hold their feet to? If fed up Americans get off their couch and get to the polls by November 2nd than Republicans have a huge chance of regaining power in Congress. First up on their plan of action pledge? Cut the spending!
Bloomberg news writes:
U.S. House Republicans plan to try to slash $100 billion from the federal budget as early as January if they wrest power from Democrats in this year’s midterm elections, setting up possible early showdowns with President Barack Obama on taxes and spending.
A Republican House takeover would thrust new committee heads, such as Representative Dave Camp on the Ways and Means panel, into the spotlight within weeks — or days — of seizing their gavels in early January. They would confront quick political tests that could alienate independent voters and Tea Party activists alike, analysts said.
“The major issues are going to be fiscal, and fiscal issues are always contentious,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.
Carrying out spending cuts that Republicans have pledged to seek — which would amount to 21 percent of the government’s so-called discretionary money pot — could prove politically difficult. Reducing funds for programs such as college loans for low-income students or medical research at the National Institutes of Health is harder than promising to do that on the campaign trail.
Of course it’s harder to do than just promising! Those who ride the gravy train don’t give up their entitlements easily. They hold onto ’em while kicking and screaming like a 2 year old who just lost his sucker. Nevertheless, get the lighter fluid and get ready to hold the Republicans feet to the fire on all of these promises!