21 Jan 2011

Breaking Down the GOP’s Pay-for-What-We-Don’t-Like-As-We-Go Rule

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has a short white paper out, breaking down the Republicans’ spending rules, which they dub CUTGO. The idea is supposed to be that they will not just pay for any new spending, but should have to find spending cuts to do so.

There are some genuinely good ideas here, such as creating lock boxes to make sure funds freed up by budget trimming go to deficit reduction, not new spending. Al Gore jokes aside, the rules are a complete sham. They make it harder to spend more on things they don’t like, but make it easier to dig an even deeper deficit hole on tax cuts we cannot afford.

Page three on the document embedded below is a good summary of what is wrong with this. Read the whole thing if you’d like to get a peek into what the GOP really plans on pushing the next couple years, and how we’re lucky they don’t have a monopoly on power like they had before 2006 (same with the Dems… their PAYGO rules were a joke too, just in a different way).

Understanding the New House Rules by Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget on Scribd

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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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