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Will Republicans really cut spending?

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But where?

Ever since President Obama’s election, Republicans have howled about cutting the deficit [I keep wondering why this concern wasn’t evident during the years they controlled Congress and the Presidency] and that government spending must be cut. However, when asked they don’t really have any ideas.

I’ve not seen this video before of complied responses to the question of where to cut spending. I found it amusing for its obscuration. I wonder how the TEA party, the spiritual descendants of the Goldwater movement, will view the reality of their electoral efforts.

It’s worth keeping in mind that:

1) TARP has already ended and Treasury has recouped most of the money it loaned and will continue to recoup its investments until its shares are sold. So, it’s hard to end a program that has already ended.

2) The stimulus program has nearly ended, and those programs that continue do still provide much needed jobs in the areas where those programs exist, repairing highways, bridges and levees as well as invest in new “green” companies and research and development to compete with China and Germany.

So, where is their big cut? Their real big planned cut is their ongoing effort to defund the one aspect of the health care bill that actually will reduce costs, which in my opinion should be the major goal of health care legislation. They want to eliminate the committee that analyzes health care costs, outcomes, and determine how to reduce health care costs across the board.

Maybe I’m naive but I don’t think so. What I see is nothing more than political posturing on deficit spending in an attempt to win the election…to satisfy their corporate sponsors, perhaps?

We have a lot of problems in this country, from one bubble to another for the last thirty years. We need serious politicians who understand the challenges facing the U.S. economy and our people, not people who play political games to promote their party or support their moneyed donors.

People have to start demanding better answers on where and how to create jobs for the 21st Century while at the same time reducing our deficit and debt. Obscuration is not an appropriate response.


Written by Valerie Curl

October 8, 2010 at 6:07 PM

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  1. Any cuts in spending will result in higher unemployment. Republicans don’t have any ideas. They’re just saying what the sheep want to hear.

    Ben Hoffman

    October 8, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    • On that I agree, and I think it’s a shame. Our country has a great many problems, including structural employment problems; a tax code that’s an absolute mess; too many hugely profitable industries that rely upon taxpayer subsidies to the tune of over $550 billion/year that increase the deficit; political campaigns financed by unknown entities; politicians who spend 65% of their time “dialing for dollars” instead of reading proposed legislation and working to solve national problems; and last but certainly not least, a diminishing global competitiveness in manufacturing, education, R&D, and infrastructure.

      This country needs to start thinking about the future; where we want to be in the next 10 to 15 years, rather than dreaming about the past. It’s no longer 1950. Either we accept the global change and work to compete globally or we get left behind.

      Valerie Curl

      October 8, 2010 at 8:48 PM

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