Federal budget fight—Round One to the GOPby Hugh Holub on Apr. 09, 2011, under federal budget, federal deficit, politics
From the Washington Post Apil 9, 2011:
…The cuts, if enacted, would add up to the largest budget reduction for federal agencies in U.S. history. Some conservative Republicans had pushed for much more and grumbled about the compromise Friday.
But this was still a compromise made on their terms — and a sign of their power. Inside a few months, an ascendant Republican Party has managed to impose its small-government agenda on a town still largely controlled by Democrats.
“It’s all that one-half of one-third of the government can hope for,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), emerging from a caucus meeting after the deal was struck. “In democracy, you compromise.”
So all those tourists in Washington D.C. won’t be stranded on the sidewalk this weekend.
This is just Round One in a 15 round fight over the direction of the country, and the GOP can claim victory here. A $37.8 billion cut this fiscal year may not mean much in a $3 trillon budget….but it sets the stage for the rest of the fight.
The reality which many American can agree on is that our country cannot keep giving everyone everything they want by borrowing money from China.
We are sinking our own ship in debt.
As the first rule of getting out of a hole states ” The first thing you do is stop digging”.
In order to really get control of the deficit spiral, the fight has to go way beyond specific ideological debates like abortion. These are side show issues that distract from the nitty gritty of our problem.
The problem is so vast that every special interest is not going to be able to get its way if we are really going to come to grips with a country that has diverted too much of its wealth to buying votes from senior citizens and giving huge tax breaks to corporations and trying to be the self-appointed nanny of the world.