Why are we cheering on this budget battle victory?
By Erick Posted in Congress — Comments (12) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Let's look at the budget battle today.
Pull back the curtain a bit and you see a GOP in Congress that is totally caving in on fiscal responsibility. Instead of supporting an omnibus that is
$11 billion $24 billion over budget and that contains the second highest amount of earmarks in history, the GOP should have gone for a continuing resolution and made the Democrats fund the troops anyway. We would have won that. Instead, we let the Mitch McConnells of the world go the earmark route.
It is okay to cheer the GOP on for making Democrats cave on troop funding, but we need to hold our guys accountable when they promise a big spending fight all year long and then back down like little girls.
As Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the Republican Study Committee, notes
the massive 3500 plus page spending bill last night contained over 9000 earmarks (spread over 692 pages). What you may not have heard is that over 300 of these earmarks were "air-dropped" into the bill, which means that they were secretly inserted in back room negotiations between House and Senate appropriators.
While you can see this so called budget victory for the GOP as a short term victory because of troop funding, it is a long term failure because it is an abandonments of the GOP's fiscally conservative base.
This is no way to get our brand back.