Cut This, Not That is another name for Sen. Coborn’s Sequester This agenda. This video of his interview with FNC’s Brian Kilmeade should get every person upset regardless of their political affiliation:
There’s no such thing as acceptable wasteful spending. That critter doesn’t exist. If the taxpayers’ money isn’t being spent efficiently on high priority things, then it shouldn’t be spent.
Spending money on social media outreach is a travesty. Spending money on social media outreach instead of on air traffic controllers isn’t justifiable. Cutting White House tours instead of cutting “wine and beer train tours” is outrageous. These are decisions that we’re better off having a seventh grader make than letting this administration make.
President Obama has essentially said that spending cuts are off the table. How can he justify spending money on these things while laying off air traffic controllers and shutting down White House tours for students? The simple answer is he can’t justify these decisions.
In fact, the stench from shutting down the White House tours that Harry Reid actually called for a vote to open the White House tours. Unfortunately, Democrats voted to keep the tours closed:
Senators voted Wednesday to keep the White House closed to public tours, turning back a GOP-led effort to free up money to open the building back up after the sequesters.
The vote was just one of a series of high-profile votes the Senate was taking Wednesday afternoon as it plowed toward passage of a bill to fund the government through the rest of this fiscal year.
That’s fine. Now every Democrat will have to explain why they voted to keep “the People’s House” tours closed:
But Democrats objected, saying it was a show vote that was note going to accomplish what Mr. Coburn said it would. They also said canceling park service heritage money would hurt their home states.
They defeated Mr. Coburn’s amendment on a 54-45 vote, with nearly every Republican voting to reopen the White House and with almost all Democrats voting to back Mr. Obama’s decision.
Simply put, this was a good faith effort on behalf of Republicans to do what’s right by the people of this nation. Shutting “the People’s House” when it could’ve been avoided shows what the Democrats’ highest priority is. Hint: their highest priority isn’t making smart budgetary choices. Hint: The Democrats’ highest priority doesn’t have anything to do with doing what’s right by America’s young people.
Apparently, they’d rather vote against students getting tours of the White House than voting to cut truly disgusting wasteful spending. Apparently, they’d rather pretend that wisely cutting a pittance from the federal budget is crippling the federal government. The Senate Democrats’ hissy fit notwithstanding, the reality is that Sen. Coburn, Sen. Paul and Sen. Lee have dismantled the Democrats’ arguments that the federal budget has been cut to a shell of its former self.
As Sen. Coburn has clearly shown, there are tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending that still need eliminating. This isn’t a fair fight. Despite the fact that Republican senators have exposed the waste, despite the fact that even the NY Times and Washington Post have turned against this administration and their Democrat enablers, Democrats still insist on fighting this fight. It’s a free country. If they want to get their brains bashed in some more, I guess that’s their right. Jay Carney seems particularly adept at peddling this manure: