Carla Howell, Michael Cloud, Cato Institute: Not much evidence of change from new GOP Congress

From Michael Cloud and Carla Howell
The Center For Small Government

Honorable Republican Representatives,

Last year, you campaigned against President Obama’s reckless, irresponsible, ‘socialist’ budget of $3.8 Trillion.

You promised voters to roll back federal spending. To reduce the deficit. To get the federal government on the path to solvency and fiscal sanity.

We elected you to do just that.

What are you giving us? A federal budget of $3.7 Trillion. A $1.2 Trillion Deficit – which increases the national debt to over $15.3 Trillion.

Speaker John Boehner is working on a Republican budget that will reduce total federal spending this year to $3.74 Trillion.

The Conservative Republican Study Committee Representatives are calling for a budget that will reduce total federal spending to $3.7 Trillion.

Your ‘frugal, budget-cutting, conservative’ reforms cut federal spending between 1.7% and 2.6%*. That’s it? That’s your idea of serious budget cuts?

Obama’s $3.8 Trillion in federal spending is ‘socialist’, but your $3.7 Trillion federal budget is conservative?

The Tea Party Test: How much is your federal budget? Write that number next to last year’s total federal government spending of $3.8 Trillion. If it’s not a lot lower, you fail.

Cutting a mere $38 Billion from last year’s budget is only a 1% reduction. Chump change.

You need to make spending cuts for this year’s budget in multiples of $38 billion – not fractions of $38 billion.

This is the political Honeymoon for your 242 member Republican Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This is your time of maximum goodwill and the strongest support from those who elected you.

This year, give us a first Republican budget that’s 5% to 15% lower than last year’s federal spending.

Next year, make your second Republican House budget another 5% to 15% lower.

Two steps toward balancing the federal budget.

Two steps toward keeping faith with Tea Party supporters and sympathizers, fiscal conservatives, libertarians, and independents. Toward attracting more like-minded supporters – and voters for 2012.

Two steps that just might jump start the American economy, revitalize small businesses, and trigger a 2012 hiring boom.

Much Lower Federal Spending Is Possible,

Carla Howell
Michael Cloud

Publishers, Small Government News

Center For Small Government

Sponsors of Massachusetts Ballot Initiatives:

2010: Roll Back the Sales Tax to 3% (

2008 and 2002: End the State Income Tax

*Republican Study Committee Proposes Federal Spending Cuts

Republican Conservatives Call for Deeper Budget Cuts

IPR note: Howell ran for office in Massachusetts for U.S. Senate (2000), Governor (2002), and State Auditor (1998) on the Libertarian Party ticket. As the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts candidate in the race for U.S. Senate in 2000, which was won by Democrat Ted Kennedy, Howell received 11.9% of the vote in a race which also included a weaker than usual Republican candidate. Cloud received 16.7% for US Senate in Massachusetts in 2002, without a Republican in the race. Both of those were among the highest results Libertarians ever achieved in US Senate races. Cloud also ran for US Senate in Nevada in 1998.

And from California Libertarian Alliance:

New Republicans, Same Old Militarism
January 24th, 2011

“As the 112th Congress gets under way, a key question remains about where tea-party influence will push the Republican caucus on foreign policy — toward a more restrained stance on overseas commitments and Pentagon spending, or in the familiar trajectory of fiscally calamitous military adventures.”

“Since the tea party took off last year, pundits have predicted that its anti-spending zealots would eventually target the Pentagon. Neoconservatives are clearly nervous about that prospect. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have lamented the rise of an “isolationist” wing of their party, and a slew of Wall Street Journal and National Review op-eds have warned tea partyers away from defense spending. Meanwhile, antiwar pundits have heralded every dovish murmur from the right.”

“But the evidence that the new Republicans will challenge defense spending is slight.”

Full analysis by Benjamin Friedman of The Cato Institute @

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