Skip to comments.House Conservatives Prepare Austere Alternative Budget
Posted on 03/07/2006 1:20:10 AM PST by RWR8189
WASHINGTON, March 6 With Congress heading into a politically perilous budget season, influential House conservatives plan this week to propose an austere alternative spending plan that would pare more than $650 billion over five years, balance the budget and drastically shrink three cabinet agencies.
The legislation, part of a push by some Republicans to re-establish themselves as champions of fiscal restraint, was taking shape as President Bush struck a similar theme on Monday by asking Congress to grant him line-item veto power to eliminate federal spending that he might judge wasteful.
"We can't be all things to all people when it comes to spending the taxpayers' money," Mr. Bush said at a ceremony installing a new chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
But House conservative leaders would go far beyond the president's own budget proposal, illustrating the difficulty the White House and the Republican leadership have had in persuading the caucus to speak with one voice on the matter.
Senior aides say the conservatives' plan would wring about $350 billion from Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs and save $300 billion partly through a major reorganization of the Education, Commerce and Energy Departments.
"We are putting our money where our mouth is," said one of the officials, who would discuss the proposal only without being identified because it was still being prepared for release Wednesday by leaders of the Republican Study Committee.
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I for one am ready to fight the good fight. And am glad to see there's still a spine in our party. No backing down, it's time to cowboy up. Right On Pence!
This is the kind of thing we can campaign with. We will keep your taxes low, not only slow government down but shrink it, save future generations from higher taxes and debt, and not just cut our deficit but balance the budget without new taxes. It's going to be hard with our past track record but the democrats will only have there tried and failed tax and spend plans and the voters have seen through them time and time again.
It's Not To Late, Lets hope all republicans in congress rally behind this budget. If not we need to insist and insist till they beg us to leave them alone.
Good post, and good news.
If passed it would be the first bill bush vetos, maybe two if he vetos the Port deal bill.
Thanks for raining on my parade :(
Though sadly, your likely to be right. I hope not.
Austere? When the new budget for an agency does not have a baseline of last year's budget plus inflation, I'll start considering austere as a possible adjective.
Except this plan does none of that. Government continues to grow and the budget will not be balanced. And absent any specifics it's hard to look at this as anything other than a political stunt.
A cut of $650 billion over 5 years or $130 billion a year would equal a net cut in spending. Not to mention the downsizing of three agencies.
Anyways, it's the best thing I have seen come from someone in congress in years. It's better then the dribs and drabs and half measures they have been putting out.
1. Talk is cheap.
2. Influential house conservatives should have been doing this years ago, not months before an election.
3. $650 billion does NOT balance the budget over 5 years
4. While this is a good idea, if falls well short of what is necessary
The last time spending growth was held to those levels was under the Clinton administration. The current government adds almost as much off budget to spending than will be saved with these supposed cuts, and these cuts will not eliminate the deficit. It's great to say you'll cut the budget but the devil is in the details. I'll wait until I see them.
The RSC is always working behind the scenes to further conservative goals within the Republican caucus, not just when the NY Times decides to do a write-up.
I am for waiting until 'Atlas shrugs' with a return to feudalism, moats, drawbridges, chivalry the whole enchilada. GGG guns groceries gold.
Oh my, everyone is negative this morning. If there is no way to please you, why would anyone even try?
[The legislation, part of a push by some Republicans to re-establish themselves as champions of fiscal restraint, was taking shape as President Bush struck a similar theme on Monday by asking Congress to grant him line-item veto power to eliminate federal spending that he might judge wasteful.]
Campaign bs for those who are facing re-election. Always been a conservative but now I realize that both parties are worthless liars and thieves. And pubs wonder why the ratings of Congress and the president are in the 30% range. The problem with them is they don't realize that the true conservative right is smarter than than the libs and neo cons and won't vote for liars and fools and liberal pubs or communist dems at the voting booths.
Cheap political trick in an election year. The Republican Party no longer stands for anything in this bill.
Go find out about Pence and the RSC.
Just because the media doesn't keep a journal of their everyday affairs doesn't mean they aren't working to advance conservative goals.
What has the GOP done to merit anything but a cynical response to a ploy like this?
A hell of a lot of them are sounding like schumer and the hildebeast! Some must be longing for Secretary of State... chucky schumer! Secretary of Defense... howard dean... and Attorney General... plugs biden!
"there wasn't a lick of difference between the Democrat and the Republican parties."
Well, there is a great deal of difference when it comes to things of GOD and Defense!
The GOP has done so much that people now expect them to do everything. More to the point, what have you done but bitch? And what does that make you?
It makes me wonder what the hell the GOP has done so much of?
It really kills me to see so many Freepers singing the praises of the loser phony Republicans. I am beginning to feel like Ronald Reagan when he spoke of the Democratic Party. I haven't left the Republican Party, they have left me.
And I'll never vote for Democrats, no matter what. I'll either vote for real conservatives or I'll just stop voting, period. I'll not support open borders, gold visa cards for criminal aliens and I won't take a ride on the highway to hell on selling out the country to foreign interests.
But what about the border, you demand. That problem peaked in 1999. Both Congress and the administration have been working on it. You cannot fix something that huge in a day.
I agree that looking anti=anybody is undesirable, and the story of how they lost CA has led them to work quietly without a lot of populism. However, they have been working steadily and 1999 was the highpoint of immigration. They have not sold out, but you may well have underestimated what it will take to get this completley under control. Many have.
Better lay off that stuff.
Yeah, the caffeine in the coffee has me WIRED. I just can't believe people still think Bush has kept his campaign promises (ok, he's kept some, but what about not spending Social Security money on other things and paying down the debt?)...
Don't worry about the veto. It will be a cold day in hell before the GOP Senate goes along with significant cuts. In the House there is a chance.
What makes you say he promised that? He wanted personal accounts in Social Security. It was Clinton that was hung up on paying down the debt. And it was Clinton who concealed a recession and packed regulatory agencies with cronies so that we had corporate scandals. Frankly, you don't talk about paying off debt in a down economy. Now, we did pay off $20b with last month's surplus.
I have read the quotes and I admit that things have not worked out that way. However, you did not provide any quotes from his campaign, did you?
This quote, however, indicates we cannot talk, anymore. " If you think Bush is any better than Clinton on cronies, you're completely delusional." I'll just remmind you that whereas Libby is the lone indictment, Clinton admin had 61. More important, though, many areas of the government were staffed with complete incompetents such as the electrity and corporate regulators. The need to reorganize intel and homeland security, also. It was let the good times roll and roll out of DC with rolls of dough.
I had not payed attention to politics for years, but Clinton admin was shockingly corrupt. Most of the Bush are sqeaky clean. Too bad you can't tell the differance, but since you can't I'll pass on continuing this conversation.
The first quote - 3 days BEFORE the 2000 election. I can dig up plenty more, if you'd like.
And describing Bush's cronies as "squeaky clean" is pure BS. Its depressing that Democrats can't acknowledge Clinton's past, and even more so that Republicans (given their "claim" to moral high ground) can't acknowledge problems with the current admin.
And you can claim 61 for Clinton - There were 47 convictions. There were 31 convictions of Reagan officials, but 138 convictions or resignations of officials under investigation for crimes. Most didn't come out until later in the second term. We'll see how many the Bush admin piles up. My guess is it will be less than Clinton, but nothing to be proud of.