I am sorry to say it, but I believe that conservatives are once again setting themselves up for severe disappointment. On the issue of spending (and therefore by definition taxing) it is obvious that the Republican leadership, and the Beltway Right as a whole is worse than useless. One of the problems is that so much of the wasteful and un-constitutional spending is legislation they voted for; and more importantly they likely support. I am thinking in particular of Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, and Kyl. In 2009, the proposed GOP budget introduced by Paul Ryan is almost as bad as Barack Obama’s.
In fact, the budget would have shortfalls of over $500 billion until 2019. This is absurd, but completely forseable. No on should be surprised that the Republican leadership is as stupid as Obama is evil. In fact, even now I have not heard of any proposed cuts by the Beltway Right (and I live inside the beltway) other than stopping the rest of the stimulus and TARP (which many Republicans voted for). The fact of the matter is that Republicans have voted for many dumb big-government programs, even into Obama’s presidency.
Unfortunately, at RedState, I have not really heard about any systemic changes to government spending, other than occasional support for a Balanced Budget Amendment. I have some ideas, and I’d like to know what people think. Almost (if not all) of these programs are unconstitutional, so there is legal, as well as fiscal rationale for oppposing them.
-End all of the “National Endowments”, including Arts, Humanities, and Democracy
-End funding and participation in the International Monetary Fund
-End all foreign aid, including the much celebrated (and unpaid for) Bush Global anti-HIV initiative
-End the Dept. of Education and do not end further student loans
-End Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Housing & Urban Development. Aka Homelessness and Urban Destruction. End all federal involvement in Home loans
-Eliminate much of the pork driven military spending including the useless in the War on Terror F-22
-Federal pay freeze per employee until the unemployment rate is less than 8% (after all, Obama promised that it would never get that high)
-End all groups such as DemocracyCorps, PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps.
-End all assistance to states
-End the Federal Highway Commission and privatize the highway system
-End the U.S. Postal service (yes I know it is in the constitution).
-End the Departments of Commerce and Labor, which are basically giveaways to crony capitalism and bribes to whoever gives campaign $ and votes
-End al welfare and subsidies for illegal aliens
Here is a good publication with some other ideas (I also borrowed some). For the time being, I do not think that Social Security and Medicare should be brought up. At the end of the day, though, I think the most important thing will be to prevent Trent Lott and the Beltway Right from co-opting Tea Party candidates like Ken Buck, Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey and Mike Lee. We need a serious bloc of Senators dedicated to blocking Big Government proposals. The leadership will not come from the Republican Party leaders.