Politico reports grassroots anger at the House GOP majority’s “bare-minimum” budget reduction is growing, and the House Republicans have got to take note of it. Their credibility will suffer an enormous blow if less than $100 billion in real cuts are not made, and not cuts from a paper budget that was never adopted. The total spending in FY 2011 should be at least $100 billion less than it was in 2010. You cannot successfully debate the terms of a promise that is in black-and-white with appeals to this baseline and that continuing resolution.
Most of today’s show will be devoted to this issue, and once again calls to the House GOP leadership to appear are not getting answered.
UPDATE: House Budget Committee members Todd Akin of Missouri and John Campbell of California join me on today’s show, as do the Instapundit Glenn Reynolds and Mickey Kaus, to discuss the GOP budget collapse and whether the House freshmen will push back against this fiasco.
From the Politico.com article linked above, perhaps the worst attribution to a Republican in years:
Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) warned his colleagues that to cut more now, risks forcing layoffs of federal employees at a time when both parties say their priority is to reduce unemployment.
For example, Rogers said the necessary cuts in the DEA’s budget could put the agency at really pre-1992 levels in some cases, and cuts to FAA operations risk 41 day furloughs for the air traffic controller workforces.
I am sure every GOP activist and contributor and every Tea Party volunteer worked so hard in order to protect the size of the federal workforce. It is Politico, so you cannot trust the attribution, but it would jelp if Chairman Rogers came out in public and defended this abandonment of the Pledge to America less than 45 days after the new Congress convened.