Budget wars: Cut, cut and cut some more
November 18th, 2011
07:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Budget wars: Cut, cut and cut some more

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - On election night in 2010, Republicans were united by one mission: Cutting government spending now.

"I'm here to tell you tonight that our new majority is prepared to do things differently," then Minority Leader John Boehner told an election night crowd. "It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it."

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  1. Victoria avgam54

    Maybe if virtually EVERY republican did NOT sign a stupid pledge to NEVER raise taxes they could get somewwhere. Maybe if the republicans cared more about people and keeping our country great then they do about money & their rich friends they could get somewhere. Maybe if the republicans paid attention to what we did after the depression they would realize this is not a problem you can simply cut your way out of you have to build and invest your way out of. If we did not invest after the depression we may never have recovered. Maybe if they LOVED America and Americans more then the HATE Obama they would listen to the american people. Obama 2012. Vote out the repubs that are holding us back!

    November 18, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. AlaskaPalin

    When are we going to get it- only once in a life time you meet such honest politicians who want to cut spending and lower taxes. Most politicians want to spend, spend, spend and keep people enslaved to tax, tax, tax. Raising taxes, whether by the state or the ruling class, is the cause of more successful revolutions than any other fiscal policy. Spending always call for tax increase. if we cut spending there will be a surplus which should lead to the ability to lower taxes. Cutting spending means greater and easier access to credit by the private sector and consumers- this creates demand which is lacking in this economy. Shouldn't we be grateful for such politicians who do not want to burden us nor our kids with taxes. Government only where necessary leads to greater personal and economic freedom.

    November 18, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Canuck

    Interesting that the Republicans have dropped their 'the American people do not want us to increase taxes' mantra. I guess they figured they couldn't get away with it any longer. I wonder how they figure that they'll pay for the two wars they put on the credit card by cutting spending?

    November 18, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Gino Martell

    As an independent I have come to the realization that we cannot cut ourselves out of the mess of two term BUsh. Come on now let's be honest. More deregulation? Are you kidding? Someone on the GOP side must be the grown up and soon.

    November 18, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Stop the Charade

    That's odd, I thought the GOP ran on the promise of fixing the economy and creating jobs. The odd part is believing that the GOP has anyone's interest at heart other than corporate America. Wake up people, it is no longer "What is good for General Motors is good for the country." General Motors would suck the public coffers dry any chance it gets in order to keep paying ridiculous management bonuses and obscene worker salaries and benenfits.

    November 18, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I'm here to tell you tonight that our new majority is prepared to do things differently," then Minority Leader John Boehner told an election night crowd. "It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it."

    Correction: I'm here to tell you tonight that our new majority (2 years and no job programs) is prepared to do things differently. It starts with cutting spending ... which will eliminate funding from programs ... which will eliminate jobs required to run programs ... which will help keep the unemployment rate high going into election year ... which we will then blame on Barack Obama."

    November 18, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Jude

    Yeah, Boehner, continue to cut programs that cut jobs, destroy programs that the poor desperately need and fatten up the top one percent. That's very popular with the Amreican people right now. You are one clueless corporate sell-out.

    November 18, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. rs

    If Republicans are at all serious about cutting spending and the defict (and friends, trust me, they aren't), they'd walk away from lowering the tax rate on the richest Americans to 25%, and set it back at least where it was before their boy Bush crashed the ambulance.

    We cannot cut our way out of a $14 trillion debt- at least not without utterly destroying the middle class, quadrupling the poor, and ending America as we know it. We'll be way more like Somalia, than the U.S. we know and love if these economic terrorists get their way.

    November 18, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Tired of the nonsense

    Start with the congresscritters' salaries.

    November 18, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. marty

    Consider these. Cut: all congressional salaries by one half, the free health care; the free lifetime health care for retirees; reduce their pensions by one half as well. Cut out the 'fact finding' trips, the free hair cuts, gym time, breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Work in the government offices as originally designed. Cut vacation time and stay in session while debates such as the debt ceiling occasion until resolved or be docked in pay until a resolution is met. Cut out the lobbying and completely eliminate the money contributions from all sources by separating money from politics. Immediately remove from office, any legislator who signs a pledge (such as the Grover Norquist anti-tax pledge), from any group or organization other than taking the official oath of office. Our form of government is a democracy, not a theocracy or dictatorship or any other form of rule. REFORM should begin in Congress first!

    November 18, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Independent Voters

    Boehner well cut your pay check to help american.

    November 18, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "I'm here to tell you tonight that our new majority is prepared to do things differently," then Minority Leader John Boehner told an election night crowd. "It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it."
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    And that was the first blow in what turned out to be "The Great Sucker Punch" that Republicans pulled on the Aemrican people in the 2010 election cycle. That ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs," but changed their agenda Election Night. The Republicans had lied during the campaigns and played The People for fools. Again.

    November 18, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. ib42

    Does this guy sing ,"Oh, loathsome me" to himself everyday? Might help.

    November 18, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |