I could sit down and pick at the GOP’s new proposal “Pledge to America” to cure the nation’s budget and deficit and debt crisis, but why bother? The Washington Post just did a lovely job. See it here (clck)
I will just reiterate what I’ve been saying all along: Any damn fool can claim to want to cut government spending, but until you say in detail what it is you plan to cut, you’re just blowing hot air. And nobody will give those details because they don’t want to admit they have no intention, or perhaps no ability, to actually cut that spending.
Every President since Lincoln, including all parties, has claimed to have a plan to balance the budget, but none except Nixon and Clinton has achieved that minor miracle, and then mostly through dint of circumstance, not actualy cutting of actual spending.
The GOP proposal, in short, is precisely the same as the Tea Party’s many bleats and, to be honest, a lot we hear from the Democrats as well – designed to sound good but only if you don’t ask for numbers. And, really, how good does it sound?
This will allegedly cut federal spending $100 billion? Woopy-doo — the deficit is 13 times that, and keeping the tax cuts that Bush put into place will continue to add to that deficit.
What they’re doing, of course, is sound good for a while, hoping to get into office so they can push through tax cuts — everyone loves tax cuts, even democrats — but when they are unable to cut any spending for major programs like Social Security or Education or anything else they’ll blame the democrats as “tax and spend” jerks.
So, in short, as this editorial by the Post says, with thinking like this in Washington, the national debt, and deficit, have nothing to worry about.