GOP Definition of “Cut Spending”

An opinion by Patricia L Johnson

The GOP’s Opening Argument: Cut Spending, Cut Spending, Cut Spending is an article written on January 3, 2011, by Derek Thompson and published in the Business section of The Atlantic.

Thompson confirms what we already knew, that the Republicans were planning on charging into Washington on white horses with the sole purpose of reducing the deficit by cutting spending, thereby saving the country from economic disaster at the hands of the Democrats.

The original intent of House Republicans was to rescind funds that were already appropriated in the stimulus and other legislation by late January 2011, but that’s been put on hold and probably will not be voted on until February or March.  See House GOP schedule slips on spending cuts by Erik Wasson, published in Finance and Economy section of The Hill on January 17, 2011.

The minor problem with putting this primary objective on hold, is the remaining $12 billion in the stimulus plan could very well be spent by that time.  Oh well, it’s the thought that counts isn’t it?

Could it be the real problem with cutting the stimulus bill is the Republicans have finally recognized the stimulus package enacted by the Democrats is actually working?

So much for the GOP House saving money, what is the GOP Senate doing to cut spending?

Seven GOP Senators just returned from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan.    Four of these Senators are freshman, meaning this is their first year in the U.S. Senate.  Not a bad deal at all for the newbies – they were sworn in on January 5, 2011 and within a two week period they’re off to see the world at U.S. taxpayers’ expense.

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) organized this trip and the first question to Senator McConnell should be why weren’t any Democrats included in this, so called, “fact finding” mission?

Joining Senator McConnell were Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and the four freshman – Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), Senator Ron Johnson* (R-WI) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)  *U.S. Senate does not have a biography for Senator Johnson at time of writing.

Why do you suppose Senator McConnell chose these particular Senators for this fact finding trip?  Could it be due to the fact all four of the newbies are Tea Party stars and the Republicans need to win them over?  Alexander Bolton seems to think so based on his January 17, 2011 article published in The Hill Sen. McConnell lures stars from Tea Party during Afghanistan

Whatever reason the four new kids on the block were invited to this Republican excursion, one fact remains.  American taxpayers paid for the trip.

Why is it necessary for the Republicans to spend taxpayer money on a ‘fact finding’ trip , with all the electronic means available to them, when they are supposedly out to cut spending?

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