The number of Republican Members of Congress who appeared on my radio show between their “thumpin’” in 2006 and their return to power in 2010 who admitted with apparent remorse that “We lost our way” is easily in double digits.
That was the mantra, and embedded within it an implied pledge that, if the voters would just give them another chance, all would be different.
How different? Vastly, completely, transcendently different. And the House Republicans took that implied pledge, made it explicit, and put it all in a “Pledge to America” that promised in key language on page 21 that if a new GOP majority was sent to D.C. it would:
Act Immediately to Reduce Spending
There is no reason to wait to reduce wasteful and unnecessary spending. Congress should move immediately to cancel unspent “stimulus” funds, and block any attempts to extend the timeline for spending “stimulus” funds. Throwing more money at a stimulus plan that is not working only wastes taxpayer money and puts us further in debt.
Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels
With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to prestimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to begin paying down the debt, balancing the budget, and ending the spending spree in Washington that threatens our children’s future.
Well, the voters bit. Like Charlie Brown charging at Lucy's football, the Republican activists and the Tea Party volunteers combined to power a huge GOP wave. The “Lost” were welcomed back to power.
And this week they have proven that indeed they are still lost. Far worse, they are throwing their collective credibility on a bonfire.
Having promised a minimum $100 billion in cuts, the House Budget and Appropriations Committees came up with less than $40 billion in spending reductions, and a line of excuses for failure as long as the distance from their September Pledge to the February reality of their actions.