NEW YORK (CNN) - Incoming House Speaker John Boehner has made it very clear: When he takes control of the House, slashing the federal budget by $100 billion will be priority number one.
The stakes are high.
Start with welfare payments to the Young and the Healthy.
Proceed to payments to the overly fecund.
First rule of politics is never hurt your base. Every one of his per posed cuts will be aimed at programs or people that are supported by Democrats. His cuts will designed to create maximum political damage to the President and Democrats. Expect the por and unemployed to take the first salvos.
$100 billion is not going to be enough of a cut, but I guess we need to start somewhere. $100 billion would be easy to cut by reducing over seas deployments in the military and stationing those troops state side. This would not reduce the size or effectiveness of the military, while reducing the budget and giving those soldiers a chance to spend their money in an American city.
We could also look at reducing the federal payroll, I say pay decreases for every elected official and anyone making more than double the national average.
Bring our troops home, would be a good start. We would no longer have to pay for Bush's unfunded $1.3 trillion folly in Iraq.
First thing he'd better slash is his own health care, since health care is so damned unimportant to the GOP.
Why not turn over all the money that republicans got from foreign governments to the treasury? How about repealing the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy?
Bring it on! We can close corporate tax loopholes, fine polluters, add a public option to reduce the cost of the healthcare bill, and take the tax cuts back from the super-rich. That would easily add up to $100B... What say you, Boehner??
JOBS... JOBS... JOBS. I thought that was your priority #1. You said it was prior to the mid terms. We have not forgotten. I hope that every time you bring up something to slash in the budget the White House reminds you if it does not create JOBS... JOBS... JOBS... he is not going to sign off on it.
The first thing to go should be the Democrat side of the House and Senate. That would amount to a $13 trillion deficit reduction.
Slash away.....first and foremost slash welfare! It will be da ja vu from when Clinton slashed welfare; 80 million fell off the welfare roles....no one died, no one went hungry.....where did the 80 plus million go?? TO WORK! What a novel idea!
This absolutely is the mandate given to Republican congressmen by American voters in November. Make the tough decisions. We sent the right people and they know why and how. Let's see some results.
Not that 100 billiion makes a lick of difference in the greater scheme of things. The logical place to take it from is the military that we spend the vast majority of our budget on, but realistically, it's going to come from programs that help those whose lives have been devastated by "cheap labor conservatives" like Regan, Bush, and Bush... We're the first nation in the world to ever try a "Service Economy", the trade deficit should make it clear that it doesn't work.
How about some of the wastefull spending in the military? 11 carrier battle groups, countless military bases overseas and the "star wars" system that has not worked. All of that to fight people that ride mules and use RPGs as weapons.