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Who are the Republican Study Committee? Thomas Frank dubbed this type of government hating Republicans "The Wrecking Crew" in his book by the same name. Their mission is to dismantle government, or at least all the parts od government that don't directly maintain the elite's wealth, and privilege.

Responsible plans vs. Republican Study Committee's plans

Discretionary spending, the part of the federal budget that is not on autopilot and is subject to annual appropriations, generally constitutes less than 40 percent of federal spending. Take out defense spending and that share drops to well under 20 percent. So if your goal is to slash government spending and your approach is to go after discretionary spending without touching the military, it will require punishing, drastic cuts to make any serious dent in the deficit.

Even then, it won't be enough.

That is the unavoidable lesson of the spending reductions proposed by the Republican Study Committee, the group of conservative Republicans who now account for more than 170 members of the 242-member House Republican caucus.

That 70% of House Republicans are members of the R.S.C. Wrecking Crew shows exactly how radical the Republican Party has become.

Lawmakers' soft words hide spending cuts' pain

Under the GOP leaders' proposals, funds to pay Food and Drug Administration workers would fall by 35 percent, more than $1 billion. College Pell Grants would be cut by more than $1,000 from the current $5,550 maximum.

Republicans think that the free market should decide how much tainted food consumers want.

Republicans have been trying to make their snake oil more palatable to voters by lying that its not really a cut.

Chad Stone, chief economist for the liberal Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, said it's misleading to contend that those are not cuts. Federal budgets have grown in recent years partly because of population growth, recession-fueled public needs and modest inflation, he said.

"Going back to an earlier level is absolutely a cut," Stone said.

So how does the Wrecking Crew's plans for attacking government compare with the Cat Food Commission's?

To get a sense of how massive are the cuts that the RSC envisions, consider that the president's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility proposed slashing discretionary spending by $1.6 trillion -- compared to the RSC's $2.5 trillion -- and subjected defense spending to a proportionate share of the pain.

Here's what the Wrecking Crew's plan fits into the bigger picture:

Taking inflation into account, this would mean an overall cut of more than 40 percent by 2021, according to calculations by James Horney of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Are the RSC members prepared to cut education spending by that much? Spending on veterans and homeland security? Food safety? Federal law enforcement?

I pulled up the Republican Study Committee plan, and went through it line by line. For starters they would cut the (civilian) executive branch by 15% through attrition. The Republican Study Committee is a lazy bunch, to accomplish this they would res-erect the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 by just inserting new dates for the ones from Reagan's second term, only this time it wouldn't factor in inflation. This show how much more doctrinaire and less pragmatic today's Republicans are, than even the Ronald Reagan era Republicans were.  

A BILL pdf

Section 257(c) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 is amended—

(4) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph: NO ADJUSTMENT FOR INFLATION.—No adjustment shall be made for inflation or for any other factor.’

(1) no person shall be appointed as a full-time civilian employee to a permanent position in the ex11ecutive branch during any month when the number of such employees is greater than the number equal to 85 percent of the number of such employees on14 September 30, 2010;

There are about 1,664,000 civilians in the executive branch, Besides hurting employment their plan would put the whole executive branch into a financial straight jacket that gets tighter over time.

Here are a few of the rancid nuggets from the Republicans' sack full of turds.

Subtitle A—Provisions Relating to
Program Eliminations

(1) The Legal Services Corporation

Republicans and corporations hate it when poor people have lawyers.

(4) The National Endowment for the Arts.

Art interferes with commercial messages.

(5) The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities interferes with commercial messages.

(14) United States contributions to the Inter2
governmental Panel on Climate Change.

It got cold this winter, so science is a lie.

(23) The weatherization program

Well it didn't get THAT cold.

(26) The Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Glenn said they're all a bunch of Commies.

(27) Amtrak.

Interferes with gasoline and car sales.

(28) Grants supporting intercity rail passenger service and high-speed rail

Interferes with gasoline and car sales.


Some Union workers vote for Democrats so Republicans are out to screw over all of them.


Keep prisoners illiterate so they won't become productive members of the community when they get out. Helps private prison industry that needs inmates.


Republicans know if they don't keep people as ignorant as they are, people will stop voting Republican.


Organic food is for Moonbats, right?


No funds appropriated or otherwise available to any Federal department or agency may be obligated or expended for any payment to the District of Columbia unless the payment is authorized by a law other than the law making the appropriation of the funds involved.

Make sure the poor Black people on the wrong side of town don't get any money.


Of the funds made available by section 1005(B) of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152; 42 U.S.C. 18121(b)), the unobligated balance is rescinded

And of course it would be just wrong for the government to help people to get Health Care.

If you saw a partisan agenda in the their choice of targets for cutting. you're right there is.

From Dana Millbank:

Republican spending plan signals a new culture war

Ostensibly, their cuts were about reducing the deficit, but their list clearly had more to do with settling old scores. Many of the items - including the renewed targeting of Big Bird and the rest of PBS - were holdovers from Newt Gingrich's '95 wish list.

But, like Boehner did earlier, Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the RSC, claimed he was doing what the voters "elected us to do." Never mind all that folderol about jobs

If this is what they want, why don't the Republican Radicals just go all the way and just sell off the whole government, since its too costly for our ruling elite tightwads?

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 01:43 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Government of the Plutocrats, (11+ / 0-)

    by the Plutocrats,

    for the Plutocrats,

    Demand Filibuster Reform call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 -AND KEEP CALLING

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 03:37:28 PM PST

  •  Every once in awhile (6+ / 0-)

    Dana Milbank at the Washington Post has a op-ed I can actually say I agree with him. He call these budget cuts a "cultural war" and called out the failure most succinctly:

    The morning after the House voted to repeal the health-care law, Speaker John Boehner walked into a TV studio in the Capitol complex to announce his next act: "a ban on taxpayer funding of abortions across all federal programs." . . . . .

    Actually, Mr. Speaker, 63 percent of voters said the economy was the most important issue, according to exit polls for the November election. Voters asked for jobs - and you're giving them a culture war.

    Milbank points out what their budget cuts:

    Republican Study Committee, a group that claims most House Republicans as members, walked into the same room to announce its new spending bill. Among the items the group proposes to eliminate or decimate: the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Title X birth control and family planning, AmeriCorps, the Energy Star program and work on fuel efficient cars, and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. . . .

    After the RSC's Jordan and his colleagues rolled out their plan, a reporter in the audience asked whether the firebrands might be able to negotiate with Democrats. "Some of these Democrat senators may have seen the light and found Jesus," Jordan replied, "and realized that they now need to cut spending in light of what the American people said last fall."

    No, congressman, Americans said they want economic recovery. Instead, you're talking about finding Jesus and losing Big Bird.

    (all emphasis mine)

    Thanks, Dana

  •  I have trouble understanding (5+ / 0-)

    how Republicans can sleep nights. They show lack of any kindness in everything they are 'for'.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 02:49:31 AM PST

  •  the Tea Libertarian Party is dancing with glee! (2+ / 0-)
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    hold tight, DRo

    Jan. 21, 2011.....If imposed across the board, such a cut would mean...

    42 percent less for health care for veterans;
    42 percent less for K-12 education;
    42 percent less for protecting the environment;
    42 percent less for the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and border security;
    42 percent less for the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
    42 percent less for food safety and inspection; and so on....

    In essence, the RSC proposal would eviscerate the vital services and benefits that the federal government provides and that improve the living standards and quality of life for millions of Americans from New York to California, Maine to Texas.

    STOP THE SPENDING by ending tax cuts for zillionaires!

    by MartyM on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 03:43:22 AM PST

  •  Further evidence that we are declining (1+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster

    "The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group, [read corporations and financial organizations],or by any other controlling private power." - Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938

    Our power both direct and representative is being dismantled.
    This administration is an accessory after the fact.

    The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time. Collette

    by barnowl on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 05:40:03 AM PST

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