House Republicans Already Breaking Their “Pledge to America”
Remember when the GOP announced their big “Pledge to America” back in September? It contained this promise:
If we’ve learned anything over the last two years, it’s that we cannot spend our way to prosperity. We offer a plan to stop out-of control spending and reduce the size of government.
With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, prebailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt.
So how’s that going?
House Republicans are backing away from their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal budget.
GOP aides say Republicans will still look to make significant cuts to spending, but the whole idea of cutting $100 billion was based on the premise that President Obama’s full-year 2011 budget would be enacted.
They say the GOP will remain true to its pledge to try to return non-security discretionary spending to 2008 levels, but that their pledges to reduce the budget by $100 billion do not apply to the budget being developed for the second half of fiscal 2011, which ends Sept. 30.
On the other hand, John Boehner is cutting back on the House’s bottled water, so maybe that will be enough to appease the teahadists.