If anyone doubts just how significant the GOP victory in the budget battle was last week, one need look no further than how the White House is talking about its new spending plan. Even the White House is advocating spending cuts going forward, rather than putting tax increased and additional spending on the front burner.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has outline no less than $5 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years, as part of what he calls “only the beginning” of cuts aimed at solving a $14 trillion budget deficit in DC. While the Dems won’t come near $5 trillion in cuts, the fact that they’re talking about cuts at all is a tremendous indicator of how significant their victory last week has become.
Now the trick is to hold both parties to those priorities, rather than letting them create new entitlement programs every time someone somewhere needs roadside assistance because their Mazda 626 broke down, or their McDonald’s is out of fries.