On Feb. 20, I told you Congress would probably just change the rules when it comes to the upcoming sequester just like they did with the infamous fiscal cliff. Right on cue, Senate Republicans are suggesting the rules be changed.
Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.
The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of this fiscal year.
Since President Obama refuses to lead, the GOP is figuring this would be a step to put all the blame on Obama, but I don’t think it will work. This is a federal government problem and the Executive and Legislative branches are both to blame. Heck, even the Judicial branch is part of the problem.
Forget about the threats of cuts. It’s all political theater, since the federal government will spend more than they did last year and the year before that. The federal government is growing, and when these “disasters” come up, the political critters just change the rules and spend more money. Can’t you see the pattern?
SLASH federal spending in real, meaningful ways and move the power to the states. If the people want all of the programs and services now offered by the federal government that are not authorized in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution, they should be bred and funded at the state level and the state level only. See the 18 bullet points in Article 1, Section 8? THAT’S IT … any other government function must be moved to the states. We must start now, with the understanding this can and will take decades to accomplish.