Appearing on "FOX News Sunday," McConnell blamed "excessive government spending of the last two years" for a sluggish economic recovery and unemployment above 9%, as well as a growing federal deficit.
Gee, Mitch...where were you from '01-'06? Not saying spending isn't a problem now (it's a huge one), but it didn't start in '09.
"Everything is on the table," Cantor said, adding that "you've got to learn to do more with less. You can't sustain this level of borrowing and debt. Everyone knows that."
OK...great...again, where were you, Rep. Cantor, in '01-'06? I didn't see restraint in spending then.
The reality is that we have out of control spending. The Republicans are, being in the majority, more than willing to simply lay all the blame on the Obama Administration, and that is a falsehood. The only thing the Obama Administration did was outdo the Bush Administration. Bush in turn beat records set by Reagan.
The one nugget of truth in this article:
"Everything should be under consideration for cuts, he (McConnell) said, including Social Security and other government-run entitlement programs."
Fair enough. But it's interesting to note that the "everything" for Republicans never includes things like defense spending. They like to act like deficits are a) all a Democrat problem and b) all due to entitlements. Both untrue. They are also the first ones to say that tax cuts will fix every problem fiscally. Again...not true.
Not a single elected member of the GOP is willing to seriously touch defense. Few of them will go after earmarks and pork (they are as guilty of that as anyone). I see none of them being willing to cut spending on "back home" projects, regardless of what they are, as that is "get me re-elected" fodder. They posture on cutting social programs (which isn't a bad idea, by the way), but that's as far as their "everything" goes.
I have a challenge for every Republican/fiscal conservative out there. Propose a balanced budget for the next fiscal year in the United States. Don't posture, don't bloviate, don't sit back and cast (false) blame all on the "other guy". Put up a budget that actually spends as much or less than it takes in. Then, and only then, will I believe any of the claptrap and BS you spew.
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