Republican Spending Cuts Would Have Not Been Needed If Not For Reckless GOP Policies

The House has passed dramatic cuts in federal spending but this will probably backfire against Republicans supporting this measure once their constituents realize what government services which they have become accustomed to are being reduced or eliminated. House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, who is often on the conservative end of the Democratic spectrum, expressed these concerns about the spending cuts:

“They’re now driven by an arbitrary number picked out of the air because it sounded good,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer(D-Md.) said of campaign pledge, which is $100 billion lower than Obama’s proposed 2011 budget that was never enacted. Compared to 2010 levels, the spending cuts represent more than $61 billion in real savings, what would be the largest rescission of federal funds since the conclusion of World War II.

“A lot of them don’t know the ramifications in their own communities of what they’re doing,” Hoyer said in an interview.

Republicans who supported the cuts will soon learn that their constituents who voice support for spending cuts are strongly opposed to any cuts which might affect them. Republican objections to government spending, like most Republican views, are often divorced from reality. It’s the “keep government out of my Medicare” mentality of the right.

Concern for cutting the deficit has also motivated spending cuts, with Republicans remaining oblivious to where the deficit came from. The deficit exploded during the Reagan years and was brought under control under Bill Clinton. George Bush then squandered a surplus and increased the deficit to record levels as he fought two wars off the books and cut taxes primarily for the ultra-wealthy.  Obama’s additions to the deficit, which were necessary to keep the country of of a depression, are trivial compared to what he inherited.

It will take hard decisions to bring the defict under control. This would not have been necessary if not for the reckless fiscal policies seen whenever Republicans have controlled the White House in recent years.

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    The Heathen Republican says:

    Actually, I’ve demonstrated, with charts and everything, that after 1980, Democratic Senators and House members are more to blame than Republican presidents.
     
    You want to give Clinton all the credit, but he continued to run up debt until Republicans took over congress and brought the debt back in line. See for yourself at The Heathen Republican.

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    George Fayne says:

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    Craig Ireneus says:

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    Ron Chusid says:

    You can try to fudge the numbers all you want but this doesn’t change the reality of the situation. Republicans have done a lot to try to transfer the blame, such as running the Iraq and Afghanistan wars off the books and structuring the tax cuts so they would have the greatest impact when his successor is in office. Comparison charts coming from Republicans also frequently play games like ignoring the when the actual fiscal year begins to attribute GOP spending to Democrats.

    When you get past all the distortions, the fact remains that you just cannot trust Republicans with our money.

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    OfFred says:

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    The Heathen Republican says:

    Well argued. I’m convinced.

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