From the Hill
President Barack Obama’s proposal to freeze government spending is turning out to be a tough sell on Capitol Hill.
His liberal base warned Tuesday the three-year cap on most non-defense discretionary spending could hamper an economic recovery. Conservatives dismissed it as insufficient and just for show.
Top Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), offered tepid support for Obama’s plan, saying it wasn’t enough.
“Of course I’m glad, but now there’s got to be spending cuts,” said McCain, who called for a discretionary spending freeze during the 2008 presidential debates. “They’ve added nearly 20 percent in spending in the past year. So a freeze is the right thing to do, but we’ll have to see how it gets implemented.”
GOP senators who have blasted Obama for backing big-ticket items, such as the $787 billion stimulus and the bailouts of banks and the auto industry, said his spending freeze will do little to fix the economy.
“To me it’s totally meaningless,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). “But it’s obvious why he’s doing it. The idea is smart: He’s going to try to make people think he’s concerned about spending, which he isn’t.”
Inhofe got it right on the nose. This talk about freezes is bull. We don't need freezes. We need spending CUTS. We are spending billions upon billions just in INTEREST on the national debt. That's one of our biggest expenses. It needs to be paid. It should be reduced, heavily.
Next up, we have the horse to go with the bull. I never liked commissions. The 9/11 commission was a joke. All commissions on the federal level are jokes. They are made up of DC elitists and power brokers, and has-beens who want to get back in the spotlight and hear themselves run their mouths. There's not much here that even needs to be talked about. Voinovich though goes crazy. I'm not McConnell's biggest fan, and even less of a fan of Voinovich. Also from The Hill
Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) excoriated Republican colleagues, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Tuesday for having voted against a law to set up a commission to address the nation's long-term fiscal health.
Voinovich, a longtime deficit hawk, teed off against 23 fellow Senate Republicans who jointed with some Democrats to defeat a proposed bipartisan commission to address deficits and the national debt.
"The issue that I'm raising with Republicans is if you are not for this commission, then what are you for?" Voinovich said during a conference call with reporters. "And if the president is forced into creating an executive order and you criticize that executive order, then how are you going to explain what you want to do to deal with this problem?"
What the hell is a commission going to do? It's going to run its mouth and make recommendations. It doesn't take a rocket scientist or a commission to figure out the fiscal problems in big government. In fact, it is quite obvious. Government can not spend more funds than it takes in. That's it. All that is needed is enough no votes or something Obama could have used on the stimulus package. It's called a veto. It's quite simple, even a caveman can figure it out. However with the insanity going on in DC, it won't be figured out. We have the batshit thinking on Capitol Hill to with its cousins the horse and bull, and they won't do Jack to solve the problem because they are chicken, driving normal people ape. There. I covered all the animal variations of the term, except the dog.
Until Obama starts using the veto pen and actually reduces the deficit, I don't want to hear anything he says, because we all know it is absolute....................I'll let you fill in the rest.