Sometimes one headline just says it all: Dems see GOP budget reforms as ‘sneaky’ way to cut spending:
House Democrats on Thursday were resisting two Republican bills that would reform the budget process, and charged that the bills were a backdoor attempt by the GOP to reduce federal spending without having to pass more specific bills that cut the budget.
Republicans on Thursday afternoon called up the rule for H.R. 3578, the Baseline Reform Act, and H.R. 3582, the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act. The first bill would eliminate the assumption that spending on discretionary items will increase with the rate of inflation each year, an assumption that Republicans said fosters budget expansion.
The second bill would require the Congressional Budget Office to analyze the macroeconomic effect of budget bills as part of its regular duties.
Sneaky? Sneaky? Haven’t Republicans said they want to cut spending? Haven’t Democrats been wringing their hands over the size of the deficit? And didn’t their 2008 presidential nominee say that “throughout” his campaign, he been proposing “a net spending cut.”
Seems the Democrats’ reaction to this reform proposal reveals their real thinking on spending.
Why don’t the Democrats just up and admit it: they want to keep spending at the heightened levels of the past three years. Their candidate’s professed support in 2008 for a “net spending cut” was, to borrow an expression, “just words.”