Getting government back on track, or another gimmick?
On Friday, a deal was discussed by House Republicans regarding the debt ceiling. According to an e-mail to supporters from Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), it consists of the following details:
Requires the House and Senate to pass a budget, and withholds our pay if we don’t do so (if you recall, it has been over four years since the Senate has passed a budget). It is ridiculous to think you can fix the spending problem in Washington without a blueprint – maybe this will be the kick in the rear Senate Democrats need to do their jobs.
Implements immediate spending cuts – not “promised” spending cuts ten years from now. The cuts we are eyeing will reduce discretionary spending to about 2007 levels and will put us on a path to balance the federal budget in just a few years.
In exchange for real spending cuts and “no budget, no pay”, we conservatives will agree to raise the borrowing authority for three months – enough time for the Senate to pass their budget. Again, though I have been critical of Congress’ lack of discipline on these issues in the past, I am hopeful that our plan will move forward. Stay tuned.
It’s hard to decide which side to take.. On the one hand, real spending cuts are good and necessary. On the other, raising the debt ceiling is something Tea Party Patriots opposes. Additionally, as AllahPundit noted at Hot Air, cutting the pay of Congress in this way is very possibly unconstitutional.
The real victory here would be forcing Senate Democrats to actually create a budget. As Rep. Jordan notes in the e-mail, we can’t fix the spending problem in Washington without a blueprint, without prioritization of spending what the government takes in through tax revenue.
The big concern with forcing a budget is simple: Democrats have not passed a budget for two consecutive election cycles, yet the media refuses to hold them responsible for this illegal and immoral abdication of duty. Republicans are draconian for wanting modest cuts in their House budget, yet Democrats are praised while not even considering a budget. For years, the media has let Democrats do what they want when it comes to spending, which means the public shaming associated with not passing a budget may not take place, and Democrats simply won’t pass a budget again.
If this deal becomes law, Tea Party activists should watch very closely to see if the Senate considers a budget right away. If it does not immediately begin that process, it is up to us to make sure the media and the American people hear from us. The truth must be heard, with or without mainstream media.