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Hal Rogers Pledges $100 Billion In Cuts From President Oabama’s FY ’11 Proposed Budget Which…

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is of course not what the Pledge for America promised. The Pledge for America promised a return to pre-bailout level budget appropriations for non-defense, non-security expenditures.

Sheesh, they still do not understand that everyone reads everything. The freshmen will have to tackle this on the floor, and the leadership in the caucus.

What is more troubling than the House GOP’s inability to live up to the promise, is the decision to try and trick people into believing that they will.

Would someone send along a link to the FY 2008 budget, with all supplementals except the TARP? That’s the baseline the GOP pledged to return to this year.

UPDATE: The New York Times invents a new Pledge, signaling that its reporter couldn’t be bothered to read the original, binding Pledge:

The $100 billion goal set by the House Republicans as they sought to defeat Democrats in November was to come from requests from the Obama administration for fiscal year 2011, which began Oct. 1.

Simply not true. Here’s what the Pledge actually says:

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.


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