Unfortunately, I think spending left under control by politicians will be, by its very nature, politicized. The idea that Congress can establish objective standards to determine "worthwhile" projects is not, in my opinion, very likely. One congressman's "worthy" project will be another's pork and vice versa.
The real decisions that need to be made are those determining which are legitimate functions of the federal government and which are not. Boehner and his colleagues might check out the Constitution for some guidance here.
Recent polling by the Pew Research Center shows lower- and higher-income Americans with huge differences in perception regarding issues such as the state of the economy, jobs, and energy and housing prices.
Black conservatives like me have worked hard to get the message across to the lower-income community that limited government, free markets and personal responsibility are the way to solve social and economic problems. Republican politicians need to back us up on these principles. If the parties become indistinguishable, and times are tough, we're going to lose these voters.
Along with the big-government non-solutions that these low-income voters will wind up continuing to support, they will also inadvertently be throwing support behind the liberal values that the Democrats bring with them. This is the last thing that the low-income community needs.
Boehner has a challenge and an opportunity. He's gotten a vote of confidence from his colleagues to provide leadership for change. Both leadership and change are badly needed. The alternative is not a picture any of us wants.
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