GOP govs message to DC: Follow in our footsteps
July 14th, 2011
06:23 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP govs message to DC: Follow in our footsteps

(CNN) - Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Nikki Haley of South Carolina urged Washington to follow in their states footsteps by instituting budget cuts, caps on future spending and a balanced budget amendment, cornerstones of the "Cut Cap and Balance Pledge" they signed.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, the two governors said the system in Washington enables elected officials to avoid making the tough fiscal decisions required at the state level.

"Washington makes it easier for elected officials to bury their heads in the sand, avoid responsibility and make it easier choice for all: borrow more, plunge our nation deeper into debt and allow this generation to punt the tough decisions to our children and grandchildren," they wrote in the piece published online Thursday.

The "Cut Cap and Balance Pledge" has received support from Republicans across the country while the White House and Congressional leaders try to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline. It is also a litmus test for the support of Republican kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, whose backing in 2012 could prove important with his conservative following and roots in the early voting state.

Perry, the longest serving governor in his state's history, is considering a run for the White House in 2012 and Haley, currently serving her first term, has said she will endorse a candidate in her state's early presidential primary.

Perry and Haley said avoiding hard choices over the debt might be good politics, but it is also bad policy. They used their states' respective economies as examples of what happens when good policy is implemented.

Texas has a balanced budget and has not raised taxes, steps that contributed to strong job creation in the Lone Star State, they wrote.

And in South Carolina, legislators have to record their votes on every section of the budget "so that voters can see their spending habits," according to the Post.

By raising the debt ceiling, they said Washington has managed to avoid the difficult actions made by states, businesses and families.

"The only way to get the federal government to end this indefensible practice is to draw a line and finally hold Washington accountable," they wrote. "The pledge we've signed represents an important step in this process."

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Nikki Haley • Rick Perry
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. put down the tea

    ru would Unbelieveable! Take a closer look at Texas-ddep in debt, budget "balanced" on stimulus money and Texas has been borrowing and spending like drunken sailors. Meanwhile cutting Ed., worst schools, worst access to healthcare, and the jobs created are mainly minimum wage. Why on earth that's considered doing well I cannot understand it's not even conservative fiscally. I wish he would run-maybe cnn would have to actually report the truth About this creepy fundamentalist liar.

    July 15, 2011 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  2. J.V.hodgson

    In general terms I laud these governors concept of the cut cap and balance budget pledge.
    But you see in reality this means as well that they cannot have borrowing powers which they are careful to leave in Place. So actually if you include so called long term investment ( borrowing in place) state budgets therefore don't balance because of interest costs on projects that fail to meet the expected Investment return (and the need to repay capital anyway) which is most of them.
    Why are state bridges collapsing having potholes in major state city connecting roads, stop go policies on Policing , Fire services and worse still education cuts or fiddling around with Medicare and medicaid.
    They also forget when saying do the same nationally that there are even for Republicans several Federal " sacred cows "The Pentagon, war funding, No such agency, and all the related agencies Like CIA and Homeland security Which amongst others are National Issues they do not have to fund but must still be paid for, if they are to retain the constitutional inependence they still clearly crave.
    Nice words but meaningless in reality to the National debt and taxes debate. And these governors continue to reject any tax increase as a way of balancing state budgets (Nonsense) to meet education Law and order and adequate funding of state infrasructure.... Oh and interstates highways thats a federal issue. Blah blah is what this is all about nothing meaningfull.

    July 15, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Texas has a balanced budget and has not raised taxes, steps that contributed to strong job creation in the Lone Star State, they wrote"

    Yes, I almost forgot, Pompdour gave all the companies in TX an exemption on pay unemployment taxes before the crash in '08 so he had to begging to the Feds for more of that "big gubmint" money to pay the promised 26 weeks of unemployment his inept planning did not cover, and now the icing on the cake, the interest is due on the "big gubmint" money loan, and he wants the interest payment to be deferred or forgiven!

    If I were a taxpayer in one of the other 49 states, I would vote to force us to secede from the union!

    July 15, 2011 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Any idiot who believes Gov. Perry is an example is a clueless moron. The man blew a 23 billion dollar hole in the Texas budget after being warned his policies would bankrupt the state. He did it anyway.

    July 15, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  5. a in austin

    Don't trust Perry – look where Texas ranks in education. The state of Texas balanced its last budget off the stimulus. The next budget for 2013 will start with a $6 billion shortfall. Perry is another Koch crony.

    July 15, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  6. EatRunDive

    Perry has turned Texas into a wonderful place to get a job in the fast food industry, but no long term job growth. Our economy is a mess, and the mess is being paid for by diiverting money away from education. Of course, having been governor for the past decade, none of our problems are HIS fault, they all mysteriously originated in Washington.

    Do not follow in this clown's footsteps.

    July 15, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Let's get rational now

    Nikki Haley is at war with her own legislature (democrat and republican) and generally hated in every poll taken in South Carolina. Rick Perry's Texas is a fiscal mess that is borderline broke and is fiscally in the red but he has time to jet around the country to convene prayer breakfasts to pray for the country's soul.

    And we should emulate these clowns? Let's get rational now.

    July 15, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. al in memphis

    As long as the rich and politically connected can get what they want, budgets can be cut all day long. Why was this pledge of no new spending in place before the public bailed out the banks and Wall Street.

    July 15, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Randy

    Now that is leadership.

    July 15, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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