House Republican’s yesterday filed a “detailed” budget blueprint in response to continued needling from President Obama that they were offering no alternatives. I have posted that document here so you can all see what is meant by detail. Glenn Thrush over at Politico yesterday wrote about the Republican infighting over the document.
“In his egocentric rush to get on camera, Mike Pence threw the rest of the Conference under the bus, specifically Paul Ryan, whose staff has been working night and day for weeks to develop a substantive budget plan,” said a GOP aide heavily involved in budget strategy.
“I hope his camera time was gratifying enough to justify erasing the weeks of hard work by dozens of Republicans to put forth serious ideas,” the person added.
“It’s categorically untrue,” said Pence spokesman Matt Lloyd. “Cantor as well as Ryan and the rest of the leadership have been part of this process for weeks. They not only signed off on it, but their staffs helped edit it.”
There is plenty of “detail” in this “budget document” to have a few laughs about, but let us look at one excerpt, as the document talks about how to reign in spending.
In addition to securing our nation’s major entitlements,by enacting common-sense reforms and weeding out waste, fraud, and abuse, Republicans propose to undo the recent reckless and wasteful Democrat spending binge included in the so-called “stimulus” and omnibus bills. In addition, Republicans would cut overall nondefense spending by reforming or eliminating a host of wasteful programs deemed ineffective by various government entities. And Republicans would fully fund our ongoing commitments overseas while devoting the entirety of any savings from reduced fighting to deficit reduction, rebuilding our military, and funding our commitment to our veterans.
Yes John Boehner, why didn’t the Democrats think of solving the budget crisis by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse. (I looked for an exemption on waste and fraud in the document on the billing practices of Halliburton in Iraq, but could not find one) I especially enjoyed the Republican detail on eliminating unneeded programs, which they fail to name. Reform entitlements? Everyone is for that, except when details are announced. Reduce spending by pouring more money into military operations. Isn’t that how Bush balanced the budget? The Republicans identified some budgetary “areas” that they feel should not be funded, but just don’t make any proposals.
International organizations and foreign aid recipients, including millions for reconstruction in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Labor union bosses participating in a new “green jobs” program. The National Endowment for the Arts,the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Americorps,Title X Family Planning, and a host of spending programs that will do nothing to help our economy recover. And even community organizers, such as ACORN, performing “neighborhood stabilization.” Hundreds of programs deemed ineffective by prior
Administrations are funded, despite promises from the President to go “line by line” to examine each program’s effectiveness.
Maybe Rep. Ryan’s budget will fill some of the detail in, but for now this document has not done anything to answer the Obama charge that the Republican’s are simply the “party of no”. Obama is getting more detailed and reasoned pushback on his budget by moderate Democrats. But that is a story for a separate post.