June 25th, 2010
06:58 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP's YouCut program hits 1 million votes

 One million votes have been cast through the House GOP's YouCut website.
One million votes have been cast through the House GOP's YouCut website.

Washington (CNN) - One million votes have been cast through the House GOP's YouCut website, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor announced Friday.

YouCut, a site launched May 12, allows the public to vote on which programs they think the government should eliminate. Each week, five spending cuts are proposed on the GOP Whip's website. The proposal that receives a majority of votes during a particular week is then brought to the House floor for an up-or-down vote.


"YouCut is an unprecedented online project and the public response has exceeded all of our expectations, to the point where even on the local and state level, versions of the program have organically sprouted," Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring told CNN in an e-mail. "Technological advancements have rapidly transformed the way that we communicate, and Eric Cantor understands how important it is for Republicans to embrace that and engage with a public who is eager to participate."

Cantor wanted to focus the national conversation on federal spending, Dayspring said. Instead of letting the topic become stale, the GOP Whip created YouCut in order to give people a chance to become engaged on the issue on an ongoing basis.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    Best thing going!

    June 25, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Ben

    The Republicans "voted no" to extend unemployment benefits for 1.4 millions americans. The american people need to "cut" the Republicans down to size this Novemeber. Vote no for Republicans!

    June 25, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. CBR

    So now we are governing by a computer program. Imagine, the people fortunate enough to have a computer and who log onto this site can determine which programs get cut and which stay.

    Are the Republicans that unsure of themselves and what they should do that they have to resort to this.

    June 25, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Mike

    Eric....um I mean Rep. Cantor, go back to work. This is a Representative Democracy, you and your colleagues were elected to represent and govern, not to run popularity web sites.

    What the average American knows about any particular program is so minimal, to do what you are doing is nothing more than a stunt, and a dangerous one at that. Shame on you and your "just say NO" party.

    June 25, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Where has this bozo been lately? Has he been hiding behind all the newly and short lived rethug skirts?
    Is it just me or does he always look like he's constipated and in pain?
    Somebody should whip some sense into him.

    June 25, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. NC

    Eliminate Medicare, and Social Security.

    June 25, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Laughing at the lemmings

    Another ridiculous gimmick by the party of no ideas. They think American voters are as stupid as they are.

    June 25, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Lori in St Pete

    I suggest we cut our bloated military budget by declaring victory and bringing our troops home from Iraq & Afghanistan, and by canceling contracts with Blackwater/Xe and KBR. Our troops could be of better assistance here in the Gulf region. We should also cut all forms of corporate welfare, and cut out the tax breaks for the obscenely wealthy.

    June 25, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. ed fl

    If the Dems had any guts they would go to several states congressman and Senators houses or offiices with truckloads of hungry kids,along with TV cameras and ask these lowlifes for food. then watch them vote. They surely will pay for starving the less fortunate in the fall elections. A good start would be in Senator Courbon [thet [Quack ] who could not make a living as a Doctor instead chose starving kids as a GOP politician. The GOP seems to get their jollies seeing our troops get killed and less fortunate go hungry.

    June 25, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. marxist dogs are out of control

    The Obamists/Pelosites/Dems/Progressives are going to get their asses kicked in November. It there is justice in the universe Pelosi and Obama will both go to Federal Prison for a very, very, long time.

    June 25, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Clint, Wa.

    How about if we cut the GOP and replace it with NOTHING.

    June 25, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. JON

    How dumb after spending this country in debt , giving tax cuts to the rich, 2 wars that they didn't pay for and adding trillion of debt programs that you and I have to pay for now and only now they ask what they want us to cut. I got an idea, first start telling the truth and lets see some plans on what you would do other then giving more tax breaks to BIG OIL, INSURANCE company's and Deregulation to BIG BANKS. What I want to know what are you going TO DO FOR US NOT TO US.

    June 25, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Look at this closely and you'll see it's a lot of smoke and mirrors from the GOP as usual, trying to make something out of nothing, like the story of the fat lady in the milk shake store, grasping for straws. So here's the breakdown, Cantor touts that one million Americans have voted on their web site. Hold on for a second though, as stated in the story they put 5 new proposals on the web site each week to vote on. The web site has be open for 6 weeks, so 1 million votes divided by 6 weeks is about 167,000 people per week. Now if you don't think it the same 167K people voting each week you're out of your mind (and probably 1 of the 167K). So once again, the GOP while grasping at straws has nothing else to do but lie, again. Cantor and Boner are among some of the best liars that the GOP has, almost legendary liars. So you have to learn to understand what you read, dig down beyond the headline. This ability is something that the ring wing nuts and the Tea Baggers do not seem to have, which the GOP takes advantage of every chance they have.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO..

    June 25, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Jim

    Notice how Mr. Cantor selects five items to choose from. I'll bet it doesn't include anything like defense spending, farm subsidies, or items that are mostly important to Republican districts. Why don't the Republicans just work with Democrats instead of all the demagoguery?

    June 25, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    I suggest we cut Republican Senators' salary by 50% (or more).

    They were told 2 years ago to show up every now and then and vote NO.

    Tuff job - no. They are over-paid. Definitely not working for the people of the US

    June 25, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. ricky Atlanta

    Can I put on your Web Site CUT the GOP... as a Option?

    June 25, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I looked at this website and it is very slanted in it's wording to get people to vote according to the website's viewpoint. Propaganda.

    June 25, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Former Republican, now an Independent

    In the 8 years of the Bush administration, the republicans erased the budget surpluses from the Clinton administration and ran the country's deficit billions into the red. Now they want me to believe they are fiscally responsible??? This is one of the many reasons why I am no longer a registered republican, but an informed independent voter.

    June 25, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Rowe

    So, what programs have they listed for cutting? Not that I want to knee-jerk back she Republican party, but on their past performance, I would guess they proposed a few wedge issue programs that would save very little money, but divide the Democratic base if brought ot a vote.

    So, what would the total savings be if all the programs they've presented for cutting on that website be if they were actually cut? A few billion?

    Are they planning to post any SIGNIFICANT programs on their website?

    Farm Subsidies?
    Military spending which, at 4% of GDP is more money than the nearest seven countries combined.
    Medicare?
    Social Security?
    Home buyers grants?

    Or do you only put things on the website that you don't really WANT to bring to the floor for a vote? Without any of those things being on the table, this is nothing more than a cheap, meaningless publicity stunt.

    June 25, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Susan

    Interesting. They are aware that every cut program means that some state is required to pick up the slack, has not got the money to do so, and so will eliminate jobs. And on we go...the republican solution is :cut more jobs!

    June 25, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. ZB

    Lets start with cutting Eric Cantor's salary. Like all good Republicans all he is interested in is tax cuts for the rich; protecting the right of big business to exploit everyone; and making the world safe for being stupid and ignorant. zb

    June 25, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Mickey, NY

    I joined and voted that they cut the Domestic Terrorist group called the GOP.

    June 25, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. George of the jungle

    well i guess if you are poor and don't own a computer you couldn't vote. or if you are elderly and don't have a computer you can't vote. but if you can afford a computer and have the time you could vote numerous times. Hum?? I wonder who might benifit from this.????

    June 25, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. George of the jungle

    I guess they voted to cut extentions payments on unemployment!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. Peter E

    How great it is that the republicans propoagate the government's 'judge first, get facts second' mentality to the voters.

    June 25, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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