GOP Led House Trims Budget By $61 Billion

Well, it’s not even close to the hundreds of billions we need to cut from the bloated federal budget, but, it’s a start, and the hardest part of the journey is the first step

In a rare early morning weekend vote, the House approved an aggressive plan Saturday to eliminate dozens of federal programs and offices while slashing agency budgets by as much as 40 percent, drawing out more than $60 billion in deficit savings.

Obviously, all the Democrats, along with President Obama, who have been talking the talk about the need to reduce the deficit and be fiscally responsible, have a problem with this

Setting up a showdown early next month with President Obama and Senate Democrats, House Republicans pushed the legislation through after a marathon debate capped off by an all-night session Friday that spilled into Saturday morning. During the bleary-eyed final roll call at 4:35 a.m., 235 Republicans were joined by no Democrats in support of dramatic spending reductions that they said were needed to address a soaring annual deficit of $1.6 trillion; 189 Democrats — as well as three Republicans — opposed it, accusing Republicans of writing the bill with a “double meat ax.”

Perhaps the Democrats could explain what the problem with writing the bill with a double meat ax, whatever the heck that is, is. This is a major part of what the People voted for in 2010. Elections have consequences, chumps.

Yet Boehner’s victory could prove ephemeral as he faces staunch opposition from Obama, who vowed to veto the bill, and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who declared it “draconian.”

Of course, since the Democrats punted on the budget last year, it was left to the Republicans to do the hard work, and while the cuts are not yet where we want them to be, some cuts are better than the continued expansion of spending Obama wants. And an Obama veto will simply lay out even more how fiscally irresponsible he is, something people have come to realize, but will set up the 2012 elections nicely.

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