To cut spending, Republicans say they are committed to canceling remaining expenditures from the 2009 stimulus law, return domestic appropriations to 2008 levels, impose "hard" budget caps on discretionary spending accounts, reduce spending for congressional operations, have weekly floor votes on winners of the "YouCut" program that allows citizens to vote online for programs that should be slashed, end the Troubled Asset Relief Program, end government control of the secondary home-mortgage lending giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, freeze federal hiring for non-security jobs, sunset programs after a certain number of years, and use more straightforward budgeting for entitlement programs.
That is it? That's the Republican plan for cutting spending? That's a joke.
If you want to cut spending, you need to address the four key expenditures of our tax dollars: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Military. Once you start talking about cutting the four of those things, which take up 70% of our expenditures, then I'll know that you are serious about cutting spending.
Until then, it's election year rhetoric which will do nothing for us, and four years later we'll be bitching about the new set of assholes in congress.
Then again, what was I thinking? Why should I assume that they actually meant what they said about cutting spending? It's like I failed politics 101.