Report: GOP’s temporary budget fix will demand … $4 billion in cuts

posted at 7:42 pm on February 23, 2011 by Allahpundit

Remember, the plan right now is to pass a two-week budget to keep the government up and running while the House and Senate hammer out a compromise on a budget for the rest of the year. But even the mini-budget has a sticking point: The GOP is demanding that it include a small, token spending cut while the Democrats insist that it contain no cuts at all. So even the mini-budget, which is designed to avert a shutdown, may result in a stalemate and … shutdown.

I get what the Republicans are doing here strategically, but the fact that our Great National Debate on deficits and long-term fiscal responsibility has already stalled over $4 billion fills me with a sense of almost mortal dread.

The CR would extend government financing for two weeks after Obama signed the bill and its cuts would be prorated to reflect the $100 billion in cuts approved in last week’s CR. In other words, the $4 billion in savings would be roughly equal to the cuts the CR called for if carried out for just two weeks…

The GOP aides said the thrust of the trimmed-down CR is to avoid a government shutdown and make the GOP spending cuts as hard as possible for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the White House to ignore or criticize. “What we will end up saying is we have passed two bills to prevent a shutdown and then we will ask the Senate: ‘How many bills have you passed to prevent a shutdown?’ ” an aide said…

“The Republicans’ so-called compromise is nothing more than the same extreme package the House already handed the Senate, just with a different bow,” said Jon Summers, Reid’s communications director. “This isn’t a compromise; it’s a hardening of their original position. This bill would simply be a two-week version of the reckless measure the House passed last weekend. It would impose the same spending levels in the short term as their initial proposal does in the long term, and it isn’t going to fool anyone. Both proposals are non-starters in the Senate.”

A $4 billion cut represents not quite 0.3 percent of this year’s projected $1.5 trillion deficit. Put another way, it’s the equivalent of eliminating one day’s worth of deficit. Hence the GOP strategy here — propose it, force Reid to oppose it, then go to the public to point out how insane it is to think that trimming the deficit by less than half of a percentage point is “extreme.” Reid may have no choice but to oppose it, though, since if he gives in and accepts it, then the GOP will start to argue that its proposed budget for the rest of the year is no more draconian (on a pro rata basis) than the mini-budget that Reid agreed to. In which case, if the short-term fix is acceptable, why isn’t the longer one acceptable too? So Reid, knowing that, might dig in on the short-term fix, thus resulting in the most inane government shutdown in world history. The GOP would win the message war over that, but by sending a dramatic signal that even $4 billion might be “draconian” under certain circumstances, Reid would be conditioning the public to perceive deeper cuts as “unreasonable” and truly extreme.

One other tidbit from National Journal: Republicans are going to cave on the long-term budget proposal too. Again, for strategic reasons:

According to several GOP sources, the freshmen and many senior conservatives are girding for an eventual retreat from the bigger CR because they know GOP leaders are fearful of the political consequences of a government shutdown and want to wage the spending-cut battle over many cycles–instead of betting all their chips on this first showdown with Reid and Obama.

Boehner and Cantor have pleaded with the freshmen to take the long view of the budget war and not risk a political backlash over the CR dispute. GOP leaders have instead argued to win as many spending cuts as they can during the CR debate and follow up with more when Congress must raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling later this spring and find still more when the fiscal 2012 appropriations bills are written.

If they bet big that the public will side with them on a shutdown, as many Republicans on the Hill believe (“The Senate Democrats’ position that there isn’t one wasted dollar in the federal budget is absurd”), and things don’t turn out that way, it’ll embolden the Democrats and imperil the entire project of entitlement reform. So they’re going to go slow, demanding modest cuts to make the Dems look unreasonable in opposition and to build cred for when the time finally comes for that “adult conversation” about Social Security and Medicare. Exit question: Smart strategy or sellout?


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Damn. Barry’s budget cuts look better. Epic Fail!

mizflame98 on February 23, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I lean sellout. How long can the country stay in this kind of debt and keep adding to it, before the currency shatters?

It can’t be much longer.

rightwingyahooo on February 23, 2011 at 7:45 PM

While I get what they are doing I still can’t stand the thought and from here on in either we get bigger cuts to get this insanity under control or alot of Republican lawmakers get fired

Defector01 on February 23, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Paper cuts

Kini on February 23, 2011 at 7:45 PM

$4 billion for 2 weeks?

MayBee on February 23, 2011 at 7:46 PM

So we are in the right, but how is the public gonna hear the debate? CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC. Who the heck do we have that can fight their way through those dragons? The message battle, left to those four, will end up being ‘Republicans club baby seals’.

Limerick on February 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

out of trillions in debt … it laughable.

tarpon on February 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

So the plan is to win by running away and just showing everybody what big bullies those mean Democrats are?

sharrukin on February 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

$4 billion for 2 weeks?

MayBee on February 23, 2011 at 7:46 PM

$104 billion over the year!

Sorry, but I’ve pretty much decided that this country is mostly made up of greedy morons who think they are entitled to all kinds of expensive BS. I’ve been seriously reading the visa requirements for permanent residence in Australia, Spain (yes, I’m gonna open a taco truck in Valencia), France (can speak the language) and Italy (for the womyns).

Apologetic California on February 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Anticipation

(These are the good old days)
And stay right here ’cause these are the good old days
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)
(These are…..the good old days)

Skandia Recluse on February 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM

would be prorated to reflect the $100 billion in cuts approved in last week’s CR.

Must be the new math, 60 or so $Billion now equates to 100 $Billion…

Invertebrates, most…

Gohawgs on February 23, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I dont’ know if it is smart or not. But it doesn’t really do anything at all to propose cuts you know darn well will never get done.

It is time to get cuts.

petunia on February 23, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Sellout.

Another football moment. I understand the ‘strategy’, but do the Republicans realize that we don’t have time for their ‘strategy’?

Scott H on February 23, 2011 at 7:54 PM

They can’t cut enough to matter — we’re going to have a long term battle by default.

Unless the democratic party unravels completely and they become a spent political force for a generation, is not possible for the sweeping reforms needed to take shape.

The people would like the government trimmed, but many really don’t understand what that means. Its going to take us decades to solve the problems posed by rampant entitlement spending — something everyone is for until its proposed that their checks get cut.

Its going to take a collapse to create the political will to fix the budget. Too many sacred cows need to be slaughtered.

Revenant on February 23, 2011 at 7:56 PM

We need a president who will put her leopard skin pumps up some GOP arses and get some real cuts.

pugwriter on February 23, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Exit question: Smart strategy or sellout?

Sellout!

We elected bold reformers and budget cutters and they have been co-opted by the Good Old Boy RINO Repugnantcans who were part of the problem before the Demrats ramped us up to warp speed on deficit spending.

These leaders presided over their own deficits they are not fit to lead, in these times, especially the emotionally crippled Boehner!

Throw all the bums out next time, if there is one!

dhunter on February 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM

I understand a shutdown is not in the cards even for most of the Freshman class. I think the theory is it’s better to win the WAR and not just an initial skirmish.

Metanis on February 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Limerick on February 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on February 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM

It seems Boehner and Cantor are giving into their fears that a shutdown would be used by the dems as fodder against Republicans.

However, the strategy is like using chewing gum to plug a leak in the Hoover Dam.

Kini on February 23, 2011 at 7:58 PM

The GOP is just sticking their finger in the Dike.

Hey jerks, that ain’t gonna stop the debt waters from coming.

portlandon on February 23, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Defund Oblahblahcare it is unconstitutional thus unconscionable that this has not been done!

dhunter on February 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Where oh where is the Republican Pelosi when we need one?
Take to the barricades ask Harry please oh please pass our little slice off the budget and hope we won’t get blamed if he doesn’t anoint our request?
Bawl Baby’s the best we got? WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What would they do with B@))$ if they had any?

chickasaw42 on February 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM

So a shutdown is inevitable. And since Obama can control federal agency spending from still-funded accounts (remember that there is 500 billion in various government agency accounts collecting dust for the last 2 years-a key chess move by democrats in 2009; leaving a huge pile of cash waiting for the 2012 election season) in many federal agencies, Obama will have the ability to apply pressure to any institution that he wants in order to focus the pain of a government shut down in just the right areas.

We’re boned if the public falls for it.

Mord on February 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Exit question: Smart strategy or sellout?

Wrong question. The question should be, will this solve either our short term or long term fiscal problems. The answer is “no”. So whether or not the GOP “wins” or “loses” is irrelevant. What good is it to win when the reward is a nation revolting in the midst of an economic collapse. Is that a long enough view for you, GOP? Do what we sent you there to do. We literally don’t have time for this crap.

Weight of Glory on February 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I can see the strategery but the whole purpose of voting those suckers in was to get something done…we haven’t hit rock bottom yet and hope we never get there but they need to go bold now…they will cave in the debt ceiling guaranteed…

cmsinaz on February 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM

New GOP /WHIG plan……

Demand only a $11.7 Trillion increase in this years Federal deficit.

GOP “Leaders”…..you suck!

PappyD61 on February 23, 2011 at 8:01 PM

I’m sick of strategery. Cut! Cut! Cut!

pugwriter on February 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

boehner and cantor need to be yelling out loud that we are in this predictament because the dems didn’t do their job…
the elites will snatch defeat..

*eeyore sets in*

cmsinaz on February 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

The GOP is going to cut just enough to look like they meant it, and they really tried their hardest, but those gosh darn Democrats wouldn’t let them. Will ya still vote for me?

sharrukin on February 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Well, I guess this is one advantage of not controlling the Senate.

Mark1971 on February 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM

The GOProgressives will betray you.

darwin-t on February 23, 2011 at 8:07 PM

They big problem is they’re not getting the message out.
If they did that, they wouldn’t have to fear a shutdown because the public would be clamoring for it.

Iblis on February 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Smart – delays the bigger battles until some of the state issues shake out. The Demos and their supporters are showing their true colors in WIsconsin, et al. Give that a little more time to take effect, and the Republicans will be in a much stronger position.

exhelodrvr on February 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM

See guys we’re going to lose on purpose because you know that strategy always works…here is how we will continue looking weak and stupid before our big plan comes to about or you forget what that plan was.

tomas on February 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Iblis on February 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM

precisely!!

cmsinaz on February 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I tend to agree with the strategy politically – most of the voters (and that’s who really matters) are not as politically astute as those who follow these blogs. the Repubs would likely get hammered in the media.

Although I would love to see it ramped up to a govt shutdown, I don’t think the public is ready to confront that.

fearful of the political consequences of a government shutdown and want to wage the spending-cut battle over many cycles

How long is “many cycles”? Will we see a forced shutdown because of our spending & crushing interest payments before the GOP gets to implement their plan? And will the future media blame the GOP anyway, despite the fact that they have been trying to have an “adult conversation”? (You know – The Wars! Tax cuts for the rich!)

mdenis39 on February 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

The Congressional cafeteria throws out $4 billion worth of unused food every week.

This is a sop to the gullible because there will NEVER be a good time to take the hard steps necessary to save us.

Bishop on February 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

$4 billion is nothing, but at least they are trying to get it. They should demand a billion in cuts for everything they do. A billion for every question a Dem asks in a committee hearing. A billion for every Special Order minute. Every elevator ride, phone call, and bathroom break should cost them a billion in cuts. Slash! Slash! Slash!

flyfisher on February 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Smart Strategy. Nickel and Dime them until they hemorrhage. I would do the same thing with the debt limit, pass it in nickels and dimes, four week increments.

astonerii on February 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I’m beginning to believe there is only one bus stop on this route no matter what…the wall.

Limerick on February 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM

$4 billion is nothing, but at least they are trying to get it.

flyfisher on February 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

They have already decided they are going to cave when the time comes so what is the point again?

They are playing chicken with the Democrats but giving them advance warning that they intend to turn aside first.

sharrukin on February 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM

instead of betting all their chips on this first showdown with Reid and Obama.

So in other words our pathetic leaders want to wait until they lose momentum to cut spending dies down before they’ll really start cutting spending.

FloatingRock on February 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

dies down

FloatingRock on February 23, 2011 at 8:20 PM

This is a sop to the gullible because there will NEVER be a good time to take the hard steps necessary to save us.

Bishop on February 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

So long as “us” are the harlots who were portrayed in yesterday’s Gallup.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Exit question: Smart strategy or sellout?

If the goal is to really make the Democrats look extreme, I’d say the former, but I feel most would view it as the latter. Unfortunately, given the GOP’s track record, they would not be unjustified in doing so.

Vyce on February 23, 2011 at 8:23 PM

But ABC radio just TOLD me that the GOP cuts will endanger the economy.

artist on February 23, 2011 at 8:23 PM

sharrukin on February 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Probably right. If they aren’t serious about cutting entire departments and entitlements, it’s pure Kabuki.

flyfisher on February 23, 2011 at 8:24 PM

If even Rand Paul is afraid to put entitlements on the table, exactly when will the “adult conversation” about them be held? And if it’s deferred, how does that make the GOP more credible? Quite the contrary, if there is no sense of urgency one might well infer – this is surely the Democrat strategy – that Republicans are just preaching to their own choir. Compromise and tactical retreats only make sense if the overall goal is clearly enunciated and its expression widely disseminated, and I don’t see most Republicans attempting that. The less honest they are with the public in the name of being “reasonable”, the less they can politically afford to ask of the latter. Kissinger used to say that the best negotiating strategy is to make a fair demand and stick to it. The corollary is that if you make an inadequate demand, you’ll probably end up being stuck with that too.

Seth Halpern on February 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM

The biggest mistake the GOP made was including border security in the budget cuts. Aside from being stupid policy, it is a political gift to the Dems- every time I see a Dem talking about how the GOP cuts are irresponsible they mention the cuts to border security.

Jon0815 on February 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

flyfisher on February 23, 2011 at 8:24 PM

The problem is that even if they managed the $4 billion every single time that adds up to just $104 billion of the $1,645 billion deficit this year.

Not even close to being enough.

sharrukin on February 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

So we are in the right, but how is the public gonna hear the debate? CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC. Who the heck do we have that can fight their way through those dragons? The message battle, left to those four, will end up being ‘Republicans club baby seals’.

Limerick on February 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

And thus will it always be; no point in waiting around for this not to be the case before taking the action that must be taken.

Midas on February 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

1.5 TRILLION.
1,500 BILLION.

DEFICIT.

FOR ONE YEAR.

HELLO? HEEEEELLLLOOOO???

KMC1 on February 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

2010 was always about stopping Pelosis crazies.
Everyone with a brain should have known full well that any real serious cuts were going up against a Senate and President that are socialistic and would stop/veto them.
2012 is where it all gets decided.
All the GOP could ever do with one house was stop the insanity but not reverse the direction in a meaningful way.

jjshaka on February 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM

HELLO? HEEEEELLLLOOOO???

KMC1 on February 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

With all those caps you must be on 4G.

Limerick on February 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Jon0815 on February 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Yep.

Hey, you’re not Jon Sandor, formerly of Polipundit and the Next Right?

rightwingyahooo on February 23, 2011 at 8:35 PM

$4 billion for two weeks…. hmmmm….

Lets see, the FY goes to 01 OCT… give or take 32 weeks…

That’s 16 CRs… times $4 billion per… $64 billion, or about what they want to cut with a regular budget.

Bump it up to $6 billion and then you are talking that $100 billion deal.

Buncha pikers… Stop The Spending!

ajacksonian on February 23, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Looks like we’ll just have to wait until the economy is totally destroyed, the dollar is worth less than North Korea’s currency, and the last Americans lose their homes and food sources before the gutless drones in Congress stop ignoring ugly reality.

Once again, the deluded fools who view everything as “politics” applaud our pampered, gutless, so-called conservative “servants” for their astuteness.

Yes, it might help in the next election, since too many Americans are still looking the other way and wanting their free bennies from the gubmint. If, that is, the epic levels of food riots, homelessness and general societal collapse as we spend our way into the abyss can be put on “hold” long enough to have elections.

MrScribbler on February 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Exit question: Smart strategy or sellout?

…if it is the messaging that the GOP is concerned about…
Why not stay close to the cuts Obama’s deficit commission called for.
Obama has already shown that he is scared to death of what they issued because he backtracked to calling them nothing more than a “framework” to “start a conversation”.

The GOP gets plenty of cover because it is a bi-partisan commission and was set up by Obama.
You combine this with the fact that the American public overwhelmingly wants spending cut and the deficit addressed,leaving the democrats on the wrong side of an issue again,and fighting against the advice of their own commission…..

Baxter Greene on February 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM

This has nothing to do with the Democrats, this is the Republicans sending up a trail balloon. They weren’t voted into office last November to maintain the status quo. No matter how they try to sell it that’s what they are offering. Sorry but I am not buying what the Republicans are selling.

Republicans if you are going to cut show some damnn spine and cut the budget already. You can’t have an adult discussion with a bunch of law makers, acting like little girls.

This next election is ripe for a 3rd party candidate. Anyone that shows the least bit of back bone is going to be in the running.

Dr Evil on February 23, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Effing sellout! If you can’t do it now, when the hell are you going to do it? Gingrich lost support when they tried to do when times were good, so are we just going to wait till we go completely bankrupt to make any cuts?

JavelinaBomb on February 23, 2011 at 9:00 PM

One thing they could do is go on TV every night and ask why the federal government needs more than 150,000 workers getting paid more than $150,000 per year.
*
Make sure to do this every time the Democrats assert that every expenditure is sacrosanct. Class warfare has worked well for their side, maybe we should try a touch.
*
Double down by reminding voters that many of these modern federal elites actively work at cross purposes to American prosperity. Simply mention DoJ and EPA. I rest my case.

Metanis on February 23, 2011 at 9:02 PM

I’m for it. While I’m semi-freaked-out about a looming crisis that nobody’s doing anything about, I’ve also been educated via the last 2 years about just how willing the Democrats are to destroy our economy.

If Republicans can’t hang on to public support and take the senate in ’12, we’re doomed, whether we reduced any debt this year or not.

hisfrogness on February 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM

At the last minute offer a CR with only a 2 billion cut in it for two weeks. If the Dems want a shut down they will refuse it; but the GOP will have looked willing to split the difference to keep things running. What cannot be done is just give endless CR’s at the current funding because that will cut nothing and the Dems will get what they want and say the spending was authorized by the GOP House.

KW64 on February 23, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Oh FFS…*tapping foot impatiently* This is getting boring , JoBo, dahling…

Fortunata on February 23, 2011 at 9:22 PM

i’ll buy it as a short term strategy. The Dims will probably have to go along….I know their goal is to raise taxes by 40 or 50 percent in the long term, but they’ll have to go with this…even Brian Williams won’t be able to save them

r keller on February 23, 2011 at 9:37 PM

The GOP gets plenty of cover because it is a bi-partisan commission and was set up by Obama.
You combine this with the fact that the American public overwhelmingly wants spending cut and the deficit addressed,leaving the democrats on the wrong side of an issue again,and fighting against the advice of their own commission…..

Baxter Greene on February 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Too logical…if it actually worked, then what?/sarcoff
Great proposal! However this plays out, it seems prudent to be selecting our candidates for 2012. We need to replace ALL establishment politicians. They simply have no incentive to risk changing the status quo.

With protests being organized across the nation, and DOJ announcing DOMA has been deemed unconstitutional are we at risk for elections being influenced by civil unrest in 2012?
Or through other key laws being deemed unconstitutional by the Executive branch?

Perfesser on February 23, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I think they should stand firm by escaping to IL. I hear it is the new home for wayward legislators.

kringeesmom on February 23, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I think Dems are in an OK situation.
Dems can keep going until Nov 2012 and lose 2012 elections.
In 2014 or so this thing blows up.
Then it is all GOP’s fault.

antisocial on February 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I propose a new weekly topic on HA:
Best Countries you consider moving to.

It’s now obvious that this country is f***ed if this is the best the GOP can deliver. So any suggestions? I’ll go first. Costa Rica…discuss.

angryed on February 23, 2011 at 10:04 PM

So here we go, pointing back to a questionable hot air article that is based on a bogus NYt story.

Why is it that I believe NONE of this?

Freddy on February 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

This is driving me absolutely nuts! Can we all start writing to our reps and senators to tell them to go deeper? That or shut down the damn govt!!

I’m tired of this penny ante crap!! Jeez!

Pablo Snooze on February 23, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Sure, you could be bold, but it loses as well and would certainly get vetoed. Better to win with a drop of honey rather than a gallon of gall.

Starlink on February 23, 2011 at 10:21 PM

And if such a downgrade takes place?

The GOP is in the position of having tried to cut a whopping $4 billion which the MSM will play up and the GOP will desperately point to the slightly less pathetic $60 billion as evidence of how serious they were. Laughter then ensues.

Its a joke in contrast to what needs to be done and is meant as pure political theater.

Better to have at least tried with serious intent and when things do get worse that will be remembered.

sharrukin on February 23, 2011 at 10:28 PM

mart Strategy. Nickel and Dime them until they hemorrhage. I would do the same thing with the debt limit, pass it in nickels and dimes, four week increments.

astonerii on February 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

exactly. smoke them out/ A couple of billion every couple a months equals a hundred or more so a year.

We ARE dealing with children here,

Pause as my mind explodes.

seesalrun on February 23, 2011 at 10:50 PM

I was so flummoxed to learn of the GOP revolt on $83 billion in budget cuts in a $1.6 Trillion deficit budget that I called a few RINOs who voted against the amendment.

Kinzinger, Noem, and Cantor. Two rookies and a leader. Nothing but crap from their staffs. What a bunch of losers.

Jaibones on February 23, 2011 at 10:51 PM

and make sure you don’t eliminate any non-essential workers in the process please. OOH that is and was paid by the States until the Feds exploded the budget with the Stimulis, Oh wait.

seesalrun on February 23, 2011 at 10:55 PM

This “draconian budget cut” of $4 billion is equivalent to shaving a Kraft single from a 17.5 lb block of cheese. Somebody hand me an axe. I’ll show you “draconian.”

OhioCoastie on February 23, 2011 at 10:57 PM

If the Republicans are stupid enough to give in to the Senate on this then, in 2012, there needs to be more changes, especially in the “leadership”.

All they have to do to win this is show how little the $60 billion is, in comparison to the whole budget, and the Democrats don’t have a leg to stand on.

I’m betting they don’t back down. I’m better the new blood forces them to stand-up and fight. If they do, they win, if they don’t they’ll never get the Senate to agree to any cuts, period.

bflat879 on February 23, 2011 at 11:14 PM

The Bamster has added 200,000 people to federal payrolls since his immaculation. Anyone have a breakdown of who they are? Why shouldn’t firing them all be the first step?

slickwillie2001 on February 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Sell-out

Clark1 on February 23, 2011 at 11:40 PM

This is ridiculous. Pass a couple dozen bills funding the individual branches with whatever they think is right. Let Dirty Harry be the one to ignore them all. That way, the Senate can pass the important ones and any they ignore will not get ANY funding. Even greater savings.

Its a Freakin 2 week Continuing Resolution. If things shut down you can clearly blame Harry: “Chris, Those Senate spendthrifts could not even allow a 100 Million reduction is Dept Ed spending for TWO WEEKS to give us time to work out the details. They want to burn through money faster than the Fed can print it!”

OBQuiet on February 23, 2011 at 11:42 PM

This strategy might work IF they can get the word out about their small cuts and the dems are blocking it. Herein lies the problem, they are NOT very good with this type of messaging. They don’t have the BLM in their back pocket.

Mirimichi on February 23, 2011 at 11:46 PM

It’s like watching Abraham negotiate down from 50 righteous men in Sodom to 10. If we can’t get the most meager of cuts through, how will we ever get the big ones?

thirtypundit on February 24, 2011 at 12:48 AM

The republicans need to talk about the budget cuts in terms of percentage.

The dims would look pretty stupid shutting down the government for a zero point zero nine percent cut.

Slowburn on February 24, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Propose large cuts. Let the government shut down and hold the democrats hostage until they cave. Oh yes, be sure to freeze the current unspent dollars and allocate them to something useful beforehand so that BO can’t spend money where it causes problems — if that’s possible.
 

ClanDerson on February 24, 2011 at 1:47 AM

The cuts need to be AT LEAST $3 Billion per day!!! …or $1 Trillion/year: ten times the Republican’s $100 Billion goal for cuts.

If we don’t make the ‘extension’ sufficiently expensive for them, the Dems will just stall (or run and hide) and never get serious about the budget.

Therefore, two weeks should cost the Dems at least $42 Billion in cuts.

landlines on February 24, 2011 at 2:20 AM

Sellout. They’re getting to be almost as bad as the Indiana Republicans…

golfer1 on February 24, 2011 at 5:03 AM

So is it now,

FDR – “There’s nothing to fear, but fear itself.”

House GOP – “We fear, fear ourselves.”

Done That on February 24, 2011 at 6:21 AM

Sellout.

The GOP has ostensibly been doing the “slow and steady” argument for the last 20 years. This is the GOP’s “Stay the Course” moment.

Lehosh on February 24, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Exit question: Smart strategy or sellout?/blockquote>

A tough question, indeed. The MSM is poised to portray the Republicans in the worst possible light in event of a shutdown. But, they’ve tried that with the healthcare debate, pre-November messenging, the Giffords shooting, the Wisconsin budget impasse, etc. Each time to no avail. That kinda has me thinking now is the time to bet big. (But I suck at gambling, so…….maybe it isn’t)

olesparkie on February 24, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Sellout plain and simple. If the strategy of “getting the public used to modest cuts” succeeds then the public will be more inclined to think we can take a “modest cut” approach (over a long period of time natch) to entitlement reform which just ain’t so.

IMHO, these folks are being too clever by half.

As in WI, when faced with a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario, just do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may.

Onus on February 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Remind me again why the GOP is fighting on their own turf instead of their opponents’ field?

Vashta.Nerada on February 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I tend to agree with the strategy politically – most of the voters (and that’s who really matters) are not as politically astute as those who follow these blogs. the Repubs would likely get hammered in the media.

mdenis39 on February 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

The repubs will get hammered in the media anyway. They’re getting hammered RIGHT NOW. If that’s your criteria for not doing budget cuts when we don’t have the money, those cuts will never, ever happen. You do realize this, right?

runawayyyy on February 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM