Congressional Republicans are heading into the 2012 election by doubling down on largess to their two favorite special interest groups — the richest of the rich, and the military.† In an attempt to show both of those constituents how important they are, the House GOP will be concocting a plan to back out of their agreement over deficit spending by allowing defense spending cuts, and asking the poor to take the hit instead.
Via Talking Points Memo, “…House Republicans are set to advance legislation to replace automatic defense spending cuts they agreed to last year with cuts to programs for the poor and working class….The proposal ó which is an outgrowth of the budget the House GOP overwhelmingly voted for late March ó would cut some $261 billion from health care programs, food stamps, unemployment benefits and child tax credits, among others. It constitutes a violation of the GOPís end of the debt-limit deal, which included painful sacrifices for both parties if the Congress failed to reach a bipartisan deficit-reduction agreement.”
If the GOP really wanted to avoid defense spending cuts, it wouldn’t be difficult to simply allow the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans to expire — as they were intended to do — in order to pay for them.† But Republicans aren’t about to consider hurting the financial firepower of those who contribute the most to funding their campaigns (or voting to increase their own taxes, considering the majority of Congress are millionaires themselves).† So once more, they propose that the social safety net be gutted in order to appease every one of their favorite constituents.
In the end, it hardly matters.† As with most of the proposals put out by the House GOP, it will never become law due to a divided Senate.† But the bills drawn up by the House are a stark reminder of what exactly the Republican party would do if they had full control over the legislature, and no checks on their power.† A reminder of who would benefit, and who is likely to pay the price for it.
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