It looks like some Republicans are finding it hard to kick some of the old bad habits as they go about spending cuts. On one hand they effectively voted to cut funds to the IRS for the implementation of the ObamaCare mandates. They also succeeded in voting to defunding Planned Parenthood. On the other hand, Republicans voted to continue funding NASCAR and establishment Republicans totally caved on an additional $22 billion more in cuts.
I think these actions so conflicting. First, the NASCAR funding. Why not cut it? The Army is spending millions to sponsor a car saying it helps in recruiting. Seriously? I am pretty sure the Army can set up booths at NASCAR events for a lot less money. These are hard times and the NASCAR funds seems like a luxury we can no longer afford. It is also the type of spending that we routinely blast Democrats for.
The GOP establishment not wanting to go along with the additional $22 billion in cuts is unforgivable. The Republicans promised the American people $100 billion in cuts, so give it to them. It isn't like $100 billion out of a $3.5 trillion budget will even be noticed. Furthermore, once the House voted to defund ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood, they must realize that the Senate Democrats will have no choice but to block the bill. So why be so damn timid? This is just old establishment Republicans being afraid of liberals demonizing them. Memo to establishment Republicans: you will be demonized no matter what you do, so just do the right thing.
I find it very frustrating to see some Republicans still clinging to the old ways of doing business. America sent Republicans a very clear mandate, cut the spending. There is little need to tread softly on the issue. It seems like conservatives and TEA Partiers are going to have to do a lot more pruning with the establishment Republicans in 2012.
Via: USA Today
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Via: The Hill
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