The Gathering Revolt against Government Spending – Michael Barone – National Review Online
We the People are angry and the anger is about spending rather than the usual target which has been taxes. But by attacking taxes you are putting the cart before the horse as you get taxes after or because of the spending. When the Tea Party Patriots started their campaign you will recall taxes was the target and now that has changed. The people have voted their outrage against spending. You might recall the sweetheart deal the Nebraska Senator made for his state before he would sign on to Obamacare in the Senate. The Governor of Nebraska and the people of Nebraska threw that sweetheart deal back in his face and took him out behind the woodshed. Now the recent election have also seen a couple tax payers money grabbers rejected by the very people they have been grabbing the money for. This is so confusing to politicians and so has Washington in a dither, and I hope the people continue to speak with their votes in November!
May 24, 2010 12:00 A.M.
The Gathering Revolt against Government Spending
In the past, rebellions against fiscal policy have concentrated on taxes rather than spending. This time is different.
This month, three members of Congress have been beaten in their bids for reelection — a Republican senator from Utah, a Democratic congressman from West Virginia, and a Republican-turned-Democratic senator from Pennsylvania. Their records and their curricula vitae are different. But they all have one thing in common: They are members of an appropriations committee.
Like most appropriators, they have based much of their careers on bringing money to their states and districts. There is an old saying on Capitol Hill that there are three parties — Democrats, Republicans, and appropriators. One reason that it has been hard to hold down government spending is that appropriators of both parties have an institutional and political interest in spending.
Their defeats are an indication that spending is not popular this year. So is the decision, shocking to many Democrats, of House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey to retire after a career of 41 years. Obey maintains that the vigorous campaign of a young Republican in his district didn’t prompt his decision. But his retirement is evidence that, suddenly this year, pork is not kosher.
It has long been a maxim of political scientists that American voters are ideologically conservative and operationally liberal. That is another way of saying that they tend to oppose government spending in the abstract but tend to favor spending on particular programs. It’s another explanation of why the culture of appropriators continued to thrive after the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and during the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency.
In the past, rebellions against fiscal policy have concentrated on taxes rather than spending.…Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts were popular, but spending cuts did not follow. Bill Clinton’s tax increases led to the Republican takeover and to tax cuts at both the federal and state levels, but spending boomed under George W. Bush.
What we are seeing is a spontaneous rush of previously inactive citizens into political activity, a movement symbolized but not limited to the tea-party movement, in response to the vast increases in federal spending that began with the TARP legislation in fall 2008 and accelerated with the Obama Democrats’ stimulus-package, budget, and health-care bills.
The tea-party folk are focusing on something real. Federal spending is rising from about 21 percent to about 25 percent of gross domestic product — a huge increase in historic terms — and the national debt is on a trajectory to double as a percentage of gross domestic product within a decade. That is a bigger increase than anything since World War II.
// Will Republicans come forward with a bold plan to roll back government spending? The natural instinct of politicians is to avoid anything bold. The British Conservatives faced this question before the election this month. When Britain was prosperous, they promised no cuts at all. When recession hit, they were skittish about proposing cuts and mostly unspecific when they did.
That may have been why they fell short on May 6 of the absolute majority they expected. Now they’re in a coalition with the third-party Liberal Democrats, who proposed more cuts, and the cuts they’ve announced have been widely popular. Boldness seems to work where skittishness did not.
Unlike the Conservatives, Republicans have no elected party leader. But House Republicans like Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Peter Roskam are setting up websites to solicit voters’ proposals for spending cuts, while Paul Ryan has set out a long-term road map toward fiscal probity. Worthy first steps. I think voters are demanding a specific plan to roll back Democrats’ spending. Republicans need to supply it.
— Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner. © 2010 The Washington Examiner.
I too am looking for specific cuts in spending and I mean the big social entitlements that are killing us as a nation and as a people. As a nation because we are going bankrupt. But the toll on our people is far greater in that we have created and are continuing to create a permanent class of useless takers lacking in pride and therefore bereft of any other morals. If a person allows themselves to be taken care off they soon lose pride in self; soon lose any identity as to who they are as individuals. This leads to a loss of any initiative not only for working and self support but for any other endeavor. They drift thru life with no goals, no hopes for a future and seeking only instant gratification.
What this means in the ghetto is drugs, drink and sex. All of which are destructive and all of which have destroyed the Black lower classes for 60 years. I keep pointing out that 70+ % of all Black babies are born with no father in sight! And they are raised with no fathers in sight (tho many “uncles” drift thru their lives.) I am not going to get into prison statistics here because you have all heard them.
In the middle classes the entitlements of choice are Social Security and Medicare. Both Ponzi Schemes for which perpetrators of such go to prison for long periods of time. How do we send Congress to prison? And what about the Presidents who pushed thru these scams on the people? And most of all, how do we convince the middle-class Senior Citizens who are the beneficiaries of these two monster and monstrous Ponzi Schemes that they are the problem and that no! THEY DID NOT PAY FOR THEM AT ALL. Every person who gets Social Security will get back every cent they paid in within two years of retirement—FACT. So will people who really don’t need this government welfare for the elderly give it up and live on their savings and other means of support? I truly don’t think so because they too have been corrupted by the government handout into a belief of being worthy of such from their children. I guess because they have simply had the bad manners to live long and prosper! That their own children and grandchildren won’t prosper is just too bad. They sweep it off with, “Oh they’ll do something.” Who are “they” and what will they do when the tax payers can’t pay any more?
These Seniors too have lost pride in self and have fallen into the drifting pattern of seeking immediate gratification. Really no unlike those in the ghettos, only their enjoyments are more expensive because they have the money to spend. Who takes RV winter vacations? Who takes the most cruises? What is the predominant color of the hair in casinos? Look closely at the people in the stores who are buying and give a guess at their ages. Even tho the seniors are currently the smallest segment of the population.
I did a blog asking “What are You willing to Give Up?” No one answered me.
One more thing: There is a big fuss about illegal aliens and how much they are costing the states. 63% of the American people support the Arizona law and want the illegal aliens sent back to their own country and decry the cost of these people. Agreed that we tax payers spend billions every year to support illegal aliens, but it is only a drop in the bucket in comparison to Social Security and Medicare!
Oh and I too very much support the Arizona law in case you are thinking to attack me there. BB