Report: House GOP backing away from promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year?

posted at 8:23 pm on January 4, 2011 by Allahpundit

Their excuse will be that the fiscal year, which began on October 1, will already be almost half over by the time the budgetary resolution that was passed during the lame duck runs out in March. That means they’ll only have seven months to work with this fiscal year; when they said they’d cut $100 billion, they meant the first full fiscal year that they’re in charge. But wait, you say! Shouldn’t it be fairly easy to find $100 billion to cut in an annual budget that exceeds $3.5 trillion? Well, yes — except that the GOP’s limiting itself to cutting discretionary spending (Social Security and Medicare are, as ever, completely off-limits) and even within discretionary spending they refuse to touch “security” budgets, i.e. Defense and Homeland Security. That leaves just $500 billion or so for this year to play with, and since, as Rich Lowry noted earlier at the Corner, a good chunk of that will already have been spent by the time the continuing resolution expires in the spring, they’d have to make huge cuts to what’s left in order to get to $100 billion in savings overall.

The point to ponder here, I think, is that even the highly touted $100 billion figure is just a small fraction of last year’s deficit. Even with a tea-party Congress, even with a gigantic pool of expenditures to cut from, political reality is such that not only can’t they reach that modest, largely symbolic target in seven months, they’ll actually have to move heaven and earth during the next full fiscal year to get Obama and the Senate Democrats to agree to it. This is what we’ve been reduced to — the suspense of wondering whether the new Republican majority can achieve cuts that will barely make a dent in our annual budget shortfall. Hugely depressing.

Now aides say that the $100 billion figure was hypothetical, and that the objective is to get annual spending for programs other than those for the military, veterans and domestic security back to the levels of 2008, before Democrats approved stimulus spending to end the recession.

Yet “A Pledge to America,” the manifesto House Republicans published last September , included the promise, “We will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone.”

Republican leaders have repeatedly invoked the number. On Tuesday the Web site for Representative John A. Boehner, the incoming House speaker, included a link to his national radio address on the Saturday before the midterm elections, in which he said, “We’re ready to cut spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving roughly $100 billion almost immediately.”…

On Tuesday, aides to Mr. Ryan and Mr. Boehner blamed Democrats’ failure to pass the regular appropriations bills for fiscal year 2011 for forcing Republicans to reduce their goal to perhaps $50 billion to $60 billion.

Actually, maybe I have the spin here wrong. I thought the excuse would be “we don’t have enough time to cut that much this year,” but that bit about $100 billion being “hypothetical” makes me wonder if they’re prepared to back away from it next year too. They wouldn’t dare do that with tea partiers watching them anxiously. Would they? Brian Riedl, the lead budget analyst for the Heritage Foundation, told Newsmax in November, “The Republican leadership has committed to this $100 billion cut… I expect them to do everything in their power to enact it. They’re on the record, they ran on this, and if it’s brushed aside there would be harsh political consequences.” Well, they’re sort of brushing it aside now, albeit with the caveat that they won’t have a full year yet to live up to their promise. (Never mind the fact, noted by the Times, that having less than a full fiscal year to deliver was entirely foreseeable when they were touting the $100 billion number.) Are there political consequences for that?

In fact, according to The Hill, not only can’t they find enough cuts to hit the $100 billion target before the fiscal year runs out, they might not even have time before March to put together the 12 different appropriations bills they’d need to make targeted cuts. There are “only” 43 legislative days before then, only 23 of which are scheduled to be spent in session; the House could, as an alternative, pass a continuing resolution of its own cutting spending for the rest of the year by $100 billion and leaving it to Obama to figure out where the cuts should come from, but that’ll almost certainly never pass the Senate. Exit question: What now?


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A smart college student made a video of “100 billion” in cuts considering the deficit. The money was represented by piles of pennies that were about 5 inches high and covered his garage floor. He picked up one penny – and cut in in half. There’s your 100 billion in cuts.

Marcus on January 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

There’s another election coming up in 2012. Perhaps they need to be reminded of that on a daily basis.

Tommy_G on January 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

F*ckers

Mark1971 on January 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Exit question: What now?

Let’s wait at least until the swearing-in before deciding, based upon the claims of “aides”, that Republicans are a major let-down.

amerpundit on January 4, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Please tell me that they are cutting $1,000,000,000,000.00

Inanemergencydial on January 4, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Don’t fund the Feds on Education or the EPA let the states do the work and Drill for oil and sell Federal Land … Bingo..

wheels on January 4, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Looks like there’s going to be some interesting primaries.

flyoverland on January 4, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Who cares if the Senate would never agree to $100 billion in cuts. That’s even more reason to do it. You can point the finger at Reid and company for being the big spenders.

Mark1971 on January 4, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Exit question: What now?

Why, more of the same. You were expecting the new breed to do something useful? Not if it doesn’t further their fundraising/re-election efforts.

After all, you have to keep something back for that next run. “Re-elect me and I’ll clean up that damn mess in Washington!”

And then there’s dealing with the returning representatives, who have already had a good taste of being D.C. royalty. They know how to go along to get along, and they’ll school the newbies in the payoffs.

Granted, there are one or two stalwarts in the new bunch — Allen West (I hope) being one — but the rest are, if not yet bought and paid for members of the political aristocracy, beginning to salivate at the down payment.

MrScribbler on January 4, 2011 at 9:12 PM

allahpundit,
Nothing has happened yet, calm down.

rob verdi on January 4, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Start with congress, cut senate and house members WAGES 5%, cut expense accounts 5%, cut staff 5%, every year until the federal budget is in surplus. Then freeze spending at that level until the federal debt is paid off.

If these clowns can’t do it, we will find someone who can.

Skandia Recluse on January 4, 2011 at 9:17 PM

The fact of the matter is we could cut all discretionary spending and still not balance the budget. We have to address Social Security and Medicare or we’re all screwed. We don’t have the luxury to put it off, it’s bankrupting us as we speak.

lowandslow on January 4, 2011 at 9:17 PM

When I first heard the $100 billion number I thought it was too small. Make it ten times that.

Highwayman on January 4, 2011 at 9:18 PM

We’re screwed. There are no adults in charge anymore.

2012 will be another bloodbath. Third party time I’m afraid.

davek70 on January 4, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Time to touch the untouchable

Kini on January 4, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Eliminate Congressionl pensions

Convert Civil Service pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution

Completely cut funding for entire cabinet departments.

crosspatch on January 4, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Wait a sec. How can rolling spending back to 2008 levels(pre-TARP) NOT lower the deficit by at least $100 billion if not way more? I thought Obama increased federal spending somewhere around 20-30%.

Is the new GOP leadership so spineless that they can’t even follow through on something that simple? If Harry Reid blocks it in the Senate or Obama vetoes it in the Oval Office, fine. We have another election in 2 years that can take care of that. But for God’s sake, these guys have to start somewhere.

Doughboy on January 4, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Cut off Fannie and Freddie, Cut off NPR, Demand that only US Citizens be eligible of benefits, Cut Government Pension plans, Cut Funding for Arts, Cut UN dues and Foreign Aid, ect ect..

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/

William Amos on January 4, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Nothing has happened yet, calm down.

You’re missing my point, though. Even if they keep their promise, this is an awfully modest target to hit. Real spending reform will have to be way, way, waaaay more ambitious. If even this target is a challenge, you can forget about any sort of truly meaningful budget cuts.

Allahpundit on January 4, 2011 at 9:23 PM

This country wasn’t built by people who “can’t” it was built by people who can so instead of hand wringing, and worrying over the calendar, they should just get to it. That includes the Democrats up for re election in the Senate 23? If they haven’t read the writing on the wall by now…they should be cut from the U.S. Senate. I wonder how many redundancies are built into the Federal bureaucracy? How many of those bureaucracies already exist at the State level?

The only way to get through these mammoth bureaucracies is to dive in. If the federal employees want to stay employed transfer them to government agencies like the Immigration department that has back logs. Border Agents could probably use office people to free them up to patrol the actual physical border. It’s time to re allocate resources. Time for a lean mean sexy federal government – America is still a young country in comparison to say old European countries.
We should be able to spring back.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2011 at 9:24 PM

2012 will be another bloodbath. Third party time I’m afraid

the hazards of voting for Republicans just because they have the same name as the formerly great party

oakland on January 4, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I think I’m done with the GOP.

angryed on January 4, 2011 at 9:25 PM

People receiving gubmint checks and freebies are the most worried. That’s what, around 1/2 of the nation?

Suck it up, buttercup.

Here comes the pain. Apparently, in Tylenol treatable doses.

There seem to be an awful lot of wobbly knees in DC. My advice to the House is to remember exactly how you got there, and why. Two years go by pretty fast.

GnuBreed on January 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Allahpundit on January 4, 2011 at 9:23 PM

If we cannot also cut entitlement programs, then what’s the point?

Kini on January 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Time to renew my metal collection: brass, lead, and blued steel.

NaCly dog on January 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM

What now? The toolbox is almost empty. The next step is somehow get 30 million Americans to jam every square inch of DC and stand there quietly, have a single spokesman tell Congress they have two hours to pack their crap and leave.

If that doesn’t work, buy a wheelbarrow to cart around your worthless U.S. cash.

Bishop on January 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM

the hazards of voting for Republicans just because they have the same name as the formerly great party

oakland on January 4, 2011 at 9:24 PM


So saith the warm winter.

Inanemergencydial on January 4, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Death to the sacred cow!

Mojave Mark on January 4, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Well, at least we now know that the GOP values the same big govt as the Dems.

OldEnglish on January 4, 2011 at 9:29 PM

3rd party time yet?

Dandapani on January 4, 2011 at 9:30 PM

We should be able to spring back.

Dr Evil on January 4, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Yes, but if we don’t cut up this youngster’s credit card, the problem won’t go away.

Kini on January 4, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Don’t we have a couple of car companies that we can sell…

… a whole lot of Federal Bureaucracies that like to regulate outside of the courts and Congressional jurisdiction,

phone books filled with duplicate and triplicate agencies doing the same thing only pushing paper around…

… and what’s with all that oil seeping out of the ground in the Gulf and off of California?

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2011 at 9:30 PM

And maybe the NYT shouldn’t be read as gospel.

BKeyser on January 4, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Now THIS offends me.

mankai on January 4, 2011 at 9:31 PM

What now? The toolbox is almost empty. The next step is somehow get 30 million Americans to jam every square inch of DC and stand there quietly, have a single spokesman tell Congress they have two hours to pack their crap and leave.

If that doesn’t work, buy a wheelbarrow to cart around your worthless U.S. cash.

Bishop on January 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Nope, democrats are supposed to rule indefinitely with a merciful hand allowing some to live and some to pass. Certain businesses that play ball will be allowed to operate at a cost to the ruling class. Meanwhile all word definitions are obliterated for the greater good.

You’ll see, it will be magnificent.

Inanemergencydial on January 4, 2011 at 9:31 PM

You’re missing my point, though. Even if they keep their promise, this is an awfully modest target to hit. Real spending reform will have to be way, way, waaaay more ambitious. If even this target is a challenge, you can forget about any sort of truly meaningful budget cuts.

Allahpundit on January 4, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Until entitlement spending is truly on the table, that’s going to be the case.

Democrats, of course, would rather keep gutting the defense budget in the hopes that sooner or later it’ll reduce the deficit to an “acceptable” level.

amerpundit on January 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM

News Flash: Jelly fish are invertebrates; yet their cyto-skeletons, glue-like and gelatinous, are a good deal more substantial than the flaccid spines of the subspecies that make up the GOP establishment.

Geochelone on January 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM

They should cut 200 billion (from everywhere) and watch the democrats shuck and jive.

SouthernGent on January 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Exit question? How about 10% cut across the board? EVERYTHING – defense, entitlements, “discretionary”, everything! What part of —> There is no money. — do these people not understand. Times are tough. If one depends on federal expenditure to make ends meet (I do), then times should be rendered tougher.

There is no money. We get that.

exdeadhead on January 4, 2011 at 9:34 PM

So, seriously, if not now, when?

Is this the end of the Republic? Nobody has the guts to do what needs to be done?

Why are entitlements off limits? Shall we head over the cliff, knowing that “at least we didn’t hurt the baby boomers?”

WitchDoctor on January 4, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Wait until the states start to default one by one, seeking bailouts for their hundreds of billions in union pension payouts. Time to pay the fiddler and the well is dry.

Bishop on January 4, 2011 at 9:34 PM

SouthernGent on January 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Yes, make the Dems defend more borrowing and printing. Then watch their numbers dwindle further on 11-6-12.

exdeadhead on January 4, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Dr Evil on January 4, 2011 at 9:24 PM

You’re more on target than most. Free thinking, out of the box stuff (to the politicos) isn’t that common. Nor is it in union regimes. Politicos don’t have real world experience in workload balance for the most part. I’ve fired people for refusing to adjust their talents to the tasks needing performance. I’d just as soon have kept them for the long haul, but cross-training just wasn’t in their mindset.

Perhaps we should put a couple of ranchers and farmers, throw in a couple of maintenance superintendants, in charge. They all have to think about getting the job done, not about who sits in which department.

Robert17 on January 4, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Inanemergencydial on January 4, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Ah, of course, I forgot about the left’s Merciful Hand.

Bishop on January 4, 2011 at 9:36 PM

It might not work,so let’s not try.This surprises anyone after they increased subsidies for ethanol?
Even the enviro-weenies agree that ethanol is a bad idea.
Commy Democraps and spineless Republicans.

DDT on January 4, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Whew.

Thankfully, I’m not one who thought the GOP was going to save America.

No let down here.

artist on January 4, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I’m sure there are ways to do it, they just need to grow a gotdamn spine!

jawkneemusic on January 4, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Mandatory spending for programs such as Medicare and Social Security need to be capped somehow. Entitlements are either too generous, or too broad in scope.

I’ve come to the realization that these entitlements will not be there for me when I reach the age of eligibility.

Kini on January 4, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Wait until the states start to default one by one, seeking bailouts for their hundreds of billions in union pension payouts. Time to pay the fiddler and the well is dry.

Bishop on January 4, 2011 at 9:34 PM

You want to know what is keewwwllll….

Out here in California, we have illegal aliens that are on Social Security and Medicare…

… never worked a day in the United States, and are now living back in Mexico getting a check.

Any population and government that allows that to happen…

… does not deserve to exist.

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2011 at 9:44 PM

There are major structural problems with spending, which is why it is so hard to control. Republicans should have known better than to make promises before running the numbers.

The federal government is like one of those super cargo ships, you can’t turn it like a speedboat or even a battleship.

Those who think it should be easy need to educate themselves if they want to be taken seriously.

Adjoran on January 4, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Aides with no names say…. blah blah blah

Ronnie on January 4, 2011 at 9:48 PM

People’s retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don’t want to reduce spending or make privatizations.

The solution is as clear as Argentina

Kini on January 4, 2011 at 9:48 PM

It’s becoming more and more difficult for me to retain even the faintest glimmer of hope for the future of our country.

Bugler on January 4, 2011 at 9:49 PM

The federal government is like one of those super cargo ships, you can’t turn it like a speedboat or even a battleship.

You can damn sure turn off the fuel supply, though.

Bugler on January 4, 2011 at 9:51 PM

News Flash: Jelly fish are invertebrates; yet their cyto-skeletons, glue-like and gelatinous, are a good deal more substantial than the flaccid spines of the subspecies that make up the GOP establishment.

Geochelone on January 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM

The flaccidity of the GOP spinal column may help push us over the bankruptcy cliff.

And, as I said on another thread, welcome back!!! You’ve been missed.

anXdem on January 4, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Now just because the gubmint FUBAR’d our Future doesn’t mean that they would necessarily “screw the pooch” on our God given Right for Free State Controlled Universal Health Care Rationing.

Let’s not jump to conclusions people.

Geochelone on January 4, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Exit question? How about 10% cut across the board? EVERYTHING – defense, entitlements, “discretionary”, everything! What part of —> There is no money. — do these people not understand. Times are tough. If one depends on federal expenditure to make ends meet (I do), then times should be rendered tougher.

There is no money. We get that.

exdeadhead on January 4, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Yeah. Cut another 10% across the board the next year … and the next year … and the next year.

Private companies that encounter downturns have to lay off people. 10%? 15%? 20%? Whatever it takes is what they have to do to survive. And this happens every year.

BowHuntingTexas on January 4, 2011 at 9:59 PM

anXdem on January 4, 2011 at 9:51 PM

*blushing*

I am glad to be back in your company, surrounded by so many conservative co-conspirators. I trust you are doing well.

Geochelone on January 4, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Thank you GOP. We knew we could trust you to rearrange the chairs on the Titanic.

AshleyTKing on January 4, 2011 at 10:04 PM

The fact of the matter is we could cut all discretionary spending and still not balance the budget. We have to address Social Security and Medicare or we’re all screwed. We don’t have the luxury to put it off, it’s bankrupting us as we speak.

Yes. They need to start, visibly on that 100 billion while doing 2 things:

- educating the general public on the realities of the entitlement spending cuts that have to be made next year.

- working prevent voter fraud, which allows non-citizens to enjoy undeserved entitlements (directing the labor of Americans to supporting those breaking our laws; also a cause of a portion of our budgetary woes).

The time to start on this was yesterday; 2012 is not that far away.

Mutnodjmet on January 4, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Here’s the money quote that the so-called “aides” seem to forget: “We will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone.” Note: Nothing is defined as to what that “first year alone” is: if they’re talking about ‘fiscal year’ or ‘calendar year’. If they knock out $50 billion this fiscal year (ending October 1, 2011), then knock out another $50 billion from October 1, 2011 forward – what would be the shame in trying??? Suspiciously, I think these aides work for members who are more interested in earmarks than cutting the fat.

Bob in VA on January 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM

When cleaning out stables, one should start with the thick stuff, before moving on to the peripherals.

OldEnglish on January 4, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I am glad to be back in your company, surrounded by so many conservative co-conspirators. I trust you are doing well.

Geochelone on January 4, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Indeed I am, thanks. You’ve missed some interesting bouts and brawls on these threads of late.

anXdem on January 4, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Hey, I’d let them average it out: If the year’s half over, then cut $50 Bil this year and $100B next.

n0doz on January 4, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Freaking ticked right now. BEYOND words. Do we have to freaking GO to DC and lead them by the hand?!?! We. Can. Not. Afford. Any. More. Debt. We have GOT to lead by making the hard decisions, and CUT spending. What the heck?!?

Minorcan Maven on January 4, 2011 at 10:27 PM

So they start by promising what there asses cant cash

swimcoachmike on January 4, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Pathetic, apparently Boehner and McConnell believe they will get credit merely for showing up and not being Democrats. Wrong, we are watching you like hawks this time. You have no reservoir of good faith, you have to prove to us that you deserve our trust and fast. Otherwise, its time to go 3rd Party. Instead of the GOP absorbing the Tea Party, how about the Tea Party absorbing the GOP in 2012

Raisedbywolves on January 4, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Defund some large departments, like the department of education. If not complete defunding, cut it by 50%. Then do the same with the department of energy. Just starve the beast.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 4, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Yes. They need to start, visibly on that 100 billion while doing 2 things:

- educating the general public on the realities of the entitlement spending cuts that have to be made next year.

- working prevent voter fraud, which allows non-citizens to enjoy undeserved entitlements (directing the labor of Americans to supporting those breaking our laws; also a cause of a portion of our budgetary woes).

The time to start on this was yesterday; 2012 is not that far away.

Mutnodjmet on January 4, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Right! Educate the public! This is something the GOP leadership or even Micahel Steele could be doing- putting out commercials explaining the situation to the public. Educating the people what these Democrats have done. It boggles my mind that the only way these people think they can get their message out is to go on Face the Nation or be interviewed with Catie Couric. Start putting out commercials about the fraud and waste in the EPA, FCC, Dept. of Education and so on. Screw the Dept. of Education. Slash their freaking funding in half! Go to war with this deficit and bring it to the American people!! Make the Democrats have to defend their stinking fraud and abuses! When the light gets turned on the bugs run for the woodwark! We need sunshine on this government!
I am sick and tired of always hearing government programs never die! That government departments can never be abolished! All it takes is a willing people and a few courageous leaders to make history! We need some history makers in this time and age! Abolish departments! Slash spending! Every freaking 6 hours of daylight pass another resolution slashing some budget or start another hearing to investigate the fraud! Repeal! Repeal and repeal it again!
For the past 2 years we have been treated to daily assaults on our freedoms! If it wasn’t a new law it was another edict or tax or seizure!

Surely men of freedom can show more zeal for liberty than corrupt politicians did for their own lusts of power! Certainly these Republicans can display more enthusiasm and determination in rescuing and preserving our constitution and nation than cowardly worthless men had in their attempt to destroy it!

JellyToast on January 4, 2011 at 10:33 PM

The progressives know how to play this game.

Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the progressives know how to play the game for the long haul. When they get a chance, grab what you can and then play rope a dope.

Their aggressive, no hold barred approach to the 111th Congress was a masterstroke.

3 steps forward, two steps back gains alot of real estate over the decades.

The Republicans are kids trying to play an adult game.

rickyricardo on January 4, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. The winner of the Louie Renoir award goes to anyone who believed that the GOP would keep a promise or actually cut spending. Don’t want to say I told you so, but……………………

flytier on January 4, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. The winner of the Louie RenoirRenault award goes to anyone who believed that the GOP would keep a promise or actually cut spending. Don’t want to say I told you so, but……………………

flytier on January 4, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Raisedbywolves on January 4, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Ditto in spades! Is that racist?

flytier on January 4, 2011 at 10:45 PM

In fact, according to The Hill, not only can’t they find enough cuts to hit the $100 billion target before the fiscal year runs out, they might not even have time before March to put together the 12 different appropriations bills they’d need to make targeted cuts.

I keep sayin’….put everything that we as a country really need (and is faithful to our Constitution) in the first 11 of those 12 appropriations bills, then go “oops! outta time!” on that last one. Everyone’s got their panties in a wad about “what if Obama vetoes? what if the Senate blocks?” — but it needn’t be an issue.

Newt got reamed about “shutting down the government” — but what about shutting down 1/12 of the government?

cthulhu on January 4, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Where’s Sam Adams?

Tell him I’ll be there.

Saltysam on January 4, 2011 at 11:15 PM

So what’s the next excuse going to be?

GarandFan on January 4, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Depressing. Especially if this is their best effort.

Esthier on January 4, 2011 at 11:20 PM

The progressives know how to play this game.

Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the progressives know how to play the game for the long haul. When they get a chance, grab what you can and then play rope a dope.

Their aggressive, no hold barred approach to the 111th Congress was a masterstroke.

3 steps forward, two steps back gains alot of real estate over the decades.

The Republicans are kids trying to play an adult game.

rickyricardo on January 4, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Yep. The Repubs continue to hope this is a Sunday morning round of golf and the loser buys cocktails, while the Democrats show up with a firing squad and a bulldozer.

Saltysam on January 4, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Allah:
Republicans are lesser democrats. Should we have actually expected them to behave like anything more than what they are. As the crocodile said” It’s my nature”.

paulsur on January 4, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Patience. 50 billion this year. 100 billion next year plus entitlement reform. Pretty soon it adds up to real money.

KW64 on January 4, 2011 at 11:51 PM

A smart college student made a video of “100 billion” in cuts considering the deficit. The money was represented by piles of pennies that were about 5 inches high and covered his garage floor. He picked up one penny – and cut in in half. There’s your 100 billion in cuts.

Marcus on January 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

This is the video you’re looking for:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWt8hTayupE

CPL 310 on January 5, 2011 at 12:08 AM

here’s are some facts…in the 2010 budget about 40 percent of the 3.6T is spent on SS/Medicare/Medicaid…ie 60 percent is on all other stuff. That is about 2.1T or thereabouts. 100B is 5 percent of that.

the problem is what the smooth pols consider “mandatory” is beyond what others might call mandatory. In 2010 the largest Mandatory Program?…other Mandatory Programs

so be careful of the pea under the thimble…

LARGE PDF of 2011 proposal (has 2010 in it):

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2011/assets/tables.pdf

r keller on January 5, 2011 at 12:10 AM

All is lost! Let’s just give up on them! Jeez, grow up everyone. We will not get everything we want but that is better than the last two years. Perhaps we can wait until they get sworn in. Anyway, what do you plan to do, stay at home in 2012 and reelect Obama?

The Opinionator on January 5, 2011 at 12:11 AM

What Now? Cut military spending by starting to cut our European contingent in half. Cut medicaid/medicare, Prescription D by removing any number of non-essential medications (ask your local pharmacist how much Viagra the taxpayer pays for). And DEFINITELY go after the many billions in fraud every year.

michaelo on January 5, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Cutting $100 billion should take about 5 minutes of debate. It is not much more than a rounding error on a $4 trillion budget. How about $500 billion or what happened to the 2008 level budget?

Dasher on January 5, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Somebody needs to send all the republican congressmen a mirror with this message written on it.

I am a conservative, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for low taxes, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for fiscal restraint, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for personal responsibility, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for a pro-business regulatory environment, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for personal liberty, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for the right to accumulate wealth, and to freely pass it on to my heirs, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for the free exchange of ideas, and thus MSM hates me.
If MSM has anything good to say about me, I HAVE BADLY SCREWED UP.

Slowburn on January 5, 2011 at 12:46 AM

If the GOP is unwilling to propose a plan for across the board spending cuts, including in military and entitlement spending, there is no hope to avoid default and national ruin.

Inkblots on January 5, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Here’s 10 Billion…….CrAzY MoNeY

http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/12/14/teenagers_in_ssi_program_face_a_cruel_dilemma/

roflmao

donabernathy on January 5, 2011 at 1:08 AM

If the GOP is unwilling to propose a plan for across the board spending cuts, including in military and entitlement spending, there is no hope to avoid default and national ruin.

Inkblots on January 5, 2011 at 12:55 AM

the military is stretched kind of thin right now, protecting us from those that wish to inflict their anti- liberty, anti-female, anti-thought, but pro-violence religion on us. They need a budget increase.

Slowburn on January 5, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Report: House GOP backing away from promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year?

Crawfishing.

The point to ponder here, I think, is that even the highly touted $100 billion figure is just a small fraction of last year’s deficit.

Of course, many small fractions make one large fraction.

No spending cut should be deemed unworthy of pursuit due to fraction size.

rukiddingme on January 5, 2011 at 1:25 AM

the military is stretched kind of thin right now, protecting us from those that wish to inflict their anti- liberty, anti-female, anti-thought, but pro-violence religion on us. They need a budget increase.

Slowburn on January 5, 2011 at 1:22 AM

No, we need to stop wasting money building bridges and parks and engaging in open-ended nation-building efforts in nations that have never had a functioning central government in history and still aren’t any closer despite 10 years of effort on our part.

The Afghan War is now the longest war in American history – no wonder the military is stretched so thin. We need a change of strategy: drone strikes and assassinations are much cheaper than indefinite occupation, construction projects, and city patrols.

Afghani tribesmen have been killing each other since the dawn of time, and will keep doing so until Judgment Day. If they want to, I say let them, and just focusing on killing off any that try to organize to hit us. There’s no good reason for us to stand between them, trying to catch bullets.

Inkblots on January 5, 2011 at 1:29 AM

It’s good to know that whenever a crappy rumor is started, presumably with the intent of separating Republicans from tea party support, we can count on seeing that rumor here along with some sort of disclaimer.

“Not that I would spread gossip, but…”

applebutter on January 4, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Two posts by AP. Same comment.

applebutter on January 5, 2011 at 1:33 AM

I thought of a few more.

I stand for, secure borders, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for, a strong military, and thus MSM hates me.
I stand for, legal immigration, and the deportation of illegal aliens, and thus MSM hates me.

Slowburn on January 5, 2011 at 1:38 AM

Afghani tribesmen have been killing each other since the dawn of time, and will keep doing so until Judgment Day. If they want to, I say let them, and just focusing on killing off any that try to organize to hit us. There’s no good reason for us to stand between them, trying to catch bullets.

Inkblots on January 5, 2011 at 1:29 AM

When they were Buddhists, Afghanistan was a fairly civilized place.

Slowburn on January 5, 2011 at 2:00 AM

As I’ve said before, across the board spending cuts, while sounding even handed, are actually a poor way to sensibly reduce spending. All it takes is an actual look at the actual 2011 budget and you can see lots of places where cuts that will total more than 100 billion can be made.

See for yourself and make your own budget cuts and see how much you would save if you implemented your idea of a proper budget.

Go here to peruse the 2011 budget and see where you would like to wield the knife. Don’t be shy. The money you save may be your own.

shmendrick on January 5, 2011 at 2:05 AM

Given that there may be some positive rationale to temporarily raising the debt ceiling for a short time, it’s important to consider what price might be extracted for such an extention. There may also be some credence to the excuse that much of the money for this fiscal year is already spent and not much can be recovered at this point in the year. There is also the matter of left over stimulus money that hasn’t been spent. That should be the first thing that goes.

Certain departments should be considered high on the list for deep cuts and even though it may be too late to do much for fiscal year 2010, it’s not too late to save the coming year – 2011. Here is where the really deep cuts can be made but we should quickly get our priorities in order in what’s left of this year so our reps can sell the cuts to the American people this summer at the town halls, etc.

shmendrick on January 5, 2011 at 2:17 AM

A-Mazing.

I guess they really wont get it until a third party is formed of Conservatives and the GOP is made irrelevant.

Unfortunately, that means the Dems would win everything as the right splinters….but what do we do, keep voting for schmucks who have no spine and no guts, and break the same promises over and over again?….that would just make us Democrats. Im completely at a loss….

alecj on January 5, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Allah

I understand your sentiments and appreciate it – but, no one has ever cut a budget 100 billion – and – no one said – they were no trying to do this – just an unquoted aide –

Why don’t we wait to see what they will actually do?

As if the democratic senate (thanks to the purists in the Tea PArty) is going to cut one dime for the house

EricPWJohnson on January 5, 2011 at 3:25 AM

Earth to conservatives: the GOP cares as little for you as the Democrats do for blacks.

Stop being tools and willful fools for these tax-and-spend scammers. Another four years of them, with our economy on the verge of collapse thanks to Bush 2 and Obozo, may well be the last straw.

Dark-Star on January 5, 2011 at 4:36 AM

The best way to cure the Federal deficit problem is to de-certify the Federal Reserve as the US central bank, just like Andrew Jackson did with the Second Bank of the United States.

If they can’t print it, they can’t spend it.

Emperor Norton on January 5, 2011 at 4:49 AM

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