The Democrats Are Not Listening To America
Wednesdays with Emily Miller 02.16.11
The Republican House is on course this week to cut government spending this year by at least $60 billion, which would be the biggest one-time cut in history. Meanwhile, President Obama has released his budget for 2012 that would increase government spending by $8.7 trillion over the next decade.
Clearly, the Republicans and Democrats have very different views on how serious the American people are about cutting spending and dealing with our nation’s $14 trillion in debt.
If you have time this week, tune into C-SPAN and watch the House debate cutting spending this year. The debate and votes on the Continuing Resolution (CR) are being done with a so-called open rule, meaning any Democrat or Republican can offer an amendment to the spending bill.
The result is that the House floor debate—on how much and what to cut in government spending—is messy, spirited, confusing, contentious, and exciting. In short, it’s democracy.For the last four years, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) ran her Democrat-controlled House with an iron fist that allowed her to drastically hike government spending while locking out both her own rank-and-file members and the GOP from the legislative process.
Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) promised that a Republican House would be markedly different. He promised to cut government spending back to 2008 pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels (the CR base bill falls $8 billion short of this). And he promised to open the debate so that every member of Congress could be heard.
The CR base text would cut government spending by $60 billion over the next seven months of this current fiscal year. There are 583 amendments (at last count) being offered and debated this week, many of which call for more spending cuts, so the cuts could be much higher. After all of the debate and votes on the amendments, the final amended CR is expected to be voted on at 3 p.m. tomorrow.The White House has already threatened to veto the CR because it “proposes cuts that would sharply undermine core government functions.” Boehner pointed out yesterday that the Democrats have added an astounding 200,00 new government employees in just two years. Asked about some of the bureaucrats who would lose jobs with the spending cuts, Boehner responded succinctly: “So be it.”
Also, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) announced that the Democrats would support Obama’s budget, which keeps government spending at the same bloated levels that increased it 24% over the past two years.
The Democrats still cannot or will not hear what the American people are saying about the debt crisis that is crippling the economy and threatens the long-term stability of our nation. But with the Republicans’ new open and transparent House, the American people can watch the debate and decide for themselves which plan will put the nation back on a path to fiscal sanity. Tune in!http://www.newsmax.com/