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Obama’s Budget and the Capitol Hill GOP’s Spending Problem

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President Barack Obama is expected to unveil his latest budget sometime today (Monday, February 2, 2015) and Republicans of various stripes are already calling it “dead on arrival.”

And at nearly $4 trillion well it should be, but the question is “will the Republicans do any better?”

Tax collections have been at record highs, but the deficit continues to run at something close half-a-trillion dollars – Congress has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

Congress, not the President, controls the federal budget and spending. In a House budget and appropriations process helmed by Big Government Republican Hal Rogers chairing the Appropriations Committee and Boehner ally Tom Price chairing the Budget Committee many spending hawks are doubtful Capitol Hill Republicans will actually cut spending.

Of course we fully expect the Capitol Hill Republicans to go through all the motions and have all the news conferences and issue all the press releases proclaiming themselves to be the party of fiscal discipline, but the real test is when the numbers are added-up at the end of the fiscal year did spending go up or down?

And the Capitol Hill GOP’s record on that is one of the same kind of “blue smoke and mirrors” budget tricks and outright lies that they long-accused the Democrats of using to hide their unsustainable spending.

Take for example the lies put out in April 2011, when Republicans, who had promised $100 billion in real cuts during the Tea Party Wave election of 2010, compromised with the Democrats for $38.5 billion in future savings to make a deal that would result in "the biggest annual spending cut in history," as President Obama termed it.

Yet, as then-Senator Jim DeMint later noted, there was no reduction in spending, here’s what really happened when the fiscal year ended on September 30, 2011 – the Congressional Budget Office found that the April deal to avoid a government shutdown resulted in an increase of more than $170 billion in federal spending from 2010 to 2011.

Hailed by leaders of both political parties, and the establishment media, as an historic compromise that produced “largest spending cut in history” the deal ended up being a spending increase and the federal government wrapped up its biggest spending year and its second biggest annual budget deficit ever but, as The Wall Street Journal put it, almost nobody noticed.

Perhaps The Journal should have said no one noticed the lie upon which the spending deal was founded, because everyone on the inside knew there would be no decrease in spending and the historic or as liberal Democrats falsely termed them, “draconian budget cuts” would actually result in the federal government spending $3.6 trillion – a 4.2 percent increase in outlays that also increased the annual deficit by $1.298 trillion.

The Tea Party rebellion is many things – a fight for a return to a limited constitutional government, a country class outcry against the cronyism of the Washington - Wall Street – Silicon Valley Axis, but as much as anything it is a demand for a government, and leaders, who tell the truth, especially about the federal government’s unsustainable spending. 

The Capitol Hill GOP is facing many tests this year, stopping Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and bringing reality and urgency to the fight against radical Islam are two of the most import, but there’s one test that has an irrefutable metric attached to it and that is the budget and whether federal spending went up or down.

Mark your calendar for September 30, 2015, the end of the federal fiscal year, and we will report back whether the Capitol Hill GOP ended the culture of lies about congressional spending and made good on its promise to end the spending, deficit and debt that are driving this great country into national bankruptcy. 

The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044 we urge you to call your Senators and Representative today to demand that they vote for real reductions in spending, not the “blue smoke and mirrors” and lies perpetrated by both political parties that brought America to our present ruinous $18 trillion national debt.

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