Thursday, March 09, 2006

News coverage of the renewed Contract With America and RSC Budget

Winston Salem Journal - Panel urges a return to party's '1994 roots of fiscal discipline'
The group released its "Contract with America Renewed" yesterday. It recommends 150 cuts, including some to programs that the group claims are outdated or that duplicate state and local efforts.

Among those:

? Elementary and high schools for children on military bases, saving $375 million.

? Radio Free Europe, saving $395 million.

? The "Moon to Mars" science program, saving $9.8 billion.

? Watershed and flood-prevention programs, saving $375 billion.

? Corporation for Public Broadcasting, saving $1.5 billion.

The proposal also "substantially" reduces the funding level of three Cabinet agencies - Education, Energy and Commerce, said Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, the study-panel member in charge of budget issues.

Townhall - The Contract with America: Renewed

Limited-government conservatism is back. You know what I mean: the kind of conservatism espoused by Barry Goldwater and then championed by President Ronald Reagan – the kind of conservatism that the revolutionary congressional class of 1994 brought to the American people in the form of the Contract with America.

It is this brand of conservatism – a brand dedicated to limiting the size and scope of the federal government, a brand that recognizes that big government is not good government just because it is our government – that has sadly been missing of late. But no longer.

On Wednesday, members of the conservative Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives took it upon themselves to single-handedly resurrect the philosophical heart and soul of the Republican Party.

CNSNEWS - GOP Plan to Balance Budget Called 'Huge Step Forward

( - A group of U.S. House Republicans will unveil a plan Wednesday that they say will balance the federal budget in the next five years. One conservative leader calls it "a huge step forward."

"This Republican Congress should return to our roots of fiscal discipline and reform," said Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), while giving a preview of the group's new plan on Tuesday.

The Hill - Gregg produces ‘vanilla’ budget, in contrast to RSC

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) unveiled a milquetoast budget proposal yesterday as the House’s most conservative members ratcheted up their call for massive cuts to federal programs, illustrating the divisions among Republicans over election-year fiscal policy and the difficulties the party faces in enacting a budget.

Human Events - Contract' Promises to Balance Budget Again
The Republican Study Committee released its budget for FY 2007 "Contract with America: Renewed" this morning amidst a crowd of supporters and reporters.

Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.), RSC chairman, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R.-Texas), RSC Budget & Spending Task Force chairman were backed by 18 other members of the RSC as they publicly introduced the bill during a press conference.

"The time has come to level with the American people -- we are not, as a nation, living within our means," Pence said.

Washington Times - GOP evokes budget promise

House conservatives yesterday accused their own party of betraying voters by not keeping promises made more than a decade ago to limit the size of the federal government and cut spending.
"The time for serious change was 10 years ago and Congress has failed to act," said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia Republican. "Congress has failed to change, Congress has failed to make tough choices, Congress has failed to lead. In short, Congress has failed the America people."
Since Republicans took over both houses of Congress, spending has increased nearly 50 percent, conservatives said, and the deficit is projected to reach more than $400 billion. Mr. Westmoreland called the situation "a crime against future generations of American taxpayers."


Anonymous said...

Amen Rep. Westmoreland. Congress has failed the American people. It's time to get out the brooms and sweep, sweep, sweep. Start at the top and keep going right down the line.

Keith Richards said...

Yeah, we should be able to do a real nice cleanup if we get rid of most of those Democrats, RINO's, and conservatives that got lost in Washington.

Anonymous said...

I'd think that if someone just revisited the tax cuts, the rampant war costs (and graft in rebuilding), and the 'bridges to nowhere' then we just might have a chance at it.