House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, issued a statement today about the federal government’s spending habits. He declared that, “Washington’s spending spree is over.” Mr. Ryan and the rest of the House’s GOP posse intend to introduce a pre-stimulus, pre-bailout spending package that is in keeping to the promise Republicans made during the 2010 mid-term campaign.
That sounds good. It won’t look good to me until we some specifics, namely where these cuts will take place. All we have heard from the GOP leadership is that everything is on the table and that the House’s vote to cut a few million dollars from the Congress’ own operational budget is supposed to be a down payment on the promise to trim government.
Mr. Ryan also threw in the House’s recent one and one-half page bill to repeal Obamacare. Wow. As if that had a chance of passing in a Democratic-controlled Senate.
This is not what I call a framework for serious government restructuring. A restructuring is what you need if you are really going to limit spending and reduce the size of government.
Government grew not because it spent more. It grew because its role changed, going beyond what the U.S. Constitution proscribed as the role of our national government.
Mr. Ryan. Start restructuring government along the lines of the Constitution and you’ll see the limits and savings you have been touting.