Conservatives, especially Tea Party activists, claim to want the nation to live within its means and to reduce the size of government as a whole. ”Evil big brother government” has been a rallying cry for conservatives since the Ronald Reagan days. Yet they have never followed through on this promise, even when they had full control of the federal government. Actually, they did the exact opposite when they had full control. Right now in Great Britian they are preparing to cut government spending by 19% over four years. Oh wait it gets better, they are also going to raise some taxes in order to get back into balance. Its amazing to actually to see what a REAL fiscally conservative agenda looks like.
Not everything is going to be cut at the same rate. Defense is only taking an 8% hit. Could you imagine trying to cut into our own massively bloated wasteful defense spending at all, let alone 8%? It would never happen. The only people calling for that are true Libertarians, not the circus clowns of the GOP and Tea Party. If a person touting themselves as a fiscal conservative does not even mention reigning in defense spending, then I assume they are not serious or truly interested in fiscal sanity. In general they just want to target “waste and fraud” which do not account for nearly enough to lower costs. Should we reduce waste, yes, but that doesn’t make it a feasible answer to balancing a budget.
Two of the departments being spared cuts are education and science. Actually, the education department is being asked to reduced by around 1% a year while the science budget will increase around a half of a percent a year. Wait, do you mean the UK conservatives aren’t going after education spending as one of the biggest issues? How odd. How odd of them to invest in the future of their nation by supporting health, science and education. They should be making it as hard as possible for teachers to do their jobs and touting pseudo-science as reality.
There are other spending cut but the list is too long for me here, so I will link to one BBC story about it that gives a good overview. I don’t know if these cuts will actually work, but it will be very interesting to watch over the next few years. I can’t wait to contrast it to the nonsense we are going to see in D.C. over the next few years, where basically nothing will get done. I will take all of this back if ONE, just one, prominent GOP figure calls for real cuts to defense and Social Security. I will not hold my breath for that to happen, however. I am not hopeful for where we, as a nation, are heading long term but I hope I am proven wrong.
I read this article this morning on Politico , where GOP leaders in the House and Senate are promising “waves” of White House investigations. Everything from ACORN to The New Black Panther Party is on the table. Basically, what they are promising is the same bullshit grandstanding that went on during the Clinton administration. Remember how offended all of the liars and adulterers were when Clinton lied about his adultery? I wonder if they will get around to investigating where tens of billions of dollars have gone in Iraq… oh wait thats a real issue.
This is exactly what I don’t want. I didn’t want massive investigations into Bush from the Dems, although looking into lying us into war would have been nice, and I don’t want massive petty investigations into Obama. With the current economic situation and a war going on, why the fuck are they going to waste time on The New Black Panther Party pseudo-scandal? Well the reason is simple, they don’t give a shit about making things better for the nation as a whole they only care about winning an election in 2012. I realize that almost all politicians care about elections first. I am not naive to that reality. But the lengths the GOP will go to in order to regain full power is sickening.
I question whether these politicians care about Americans at all or if we are just pawns to be used. Sorry for the venting, but this story really pissed me off and is exactly the reason I have NEVER voted for either party. Especially the un-American pieces of shit that are the Republican Party.
Once again the Democrats in Congress are proving that their leadership is soft and incompetent. How can they allow Charles Rangel to ruin, by giving the GOP ammo, the next election with his unscrupulous behavior? I know the investigation is on going but this is why they need a real leader, to pull him aside and say ” you are off the Ways and Means Committee and you will do what is best for the party” but instead Pelosi just allows this issue to grow by not forcing Rangel to step down. Could you imagine the positive pub Pelosi would have garnered for standing up against corruption that involved members of her own party? Also, it would have been the right thing to do, by not looking at party affiliation and just looking at the allegations. As for the crybabies on the right, just shut up. You allowed the likes of Tom Delay to run amuck for a decade completely unchecked, so whining now about Rangel just proves your hypocrisy and complete lack of introspection. Once again this is why we need a legitimate third choice, to shake up the network of thieves.