Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Romney Talks Real Budget Cuts. . .YESSSSS!

Oooh! The Obamawhore/Leftywore media (one in the same) are going crazy because the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, is actually talking. . .wait for it. . .real budget cuts!
And to that I write a hearty YESSSSS!
It is about time.
According to the linked article, Mr Romney is seriously considering eliminating, yes eliminating, the Department of Housing and Urban Development. And treaded into territory that, while not complete, would cut or consolidate the dreaded Department of Education.
HUD, as the Department of Housing and Urban Development is known, has a current budget of $43,000,000,000. And the ED has a current budget of $71,000,000,000.
Combined that is $114,000,000,000 of an over $3,000,000,000,000 federal budget.
And the combined workforce of each department is 17,000.
That may not seem like much to budget hawks. And it clearly is not. But the fact that Mr. Romney is actually considering such things shows a seriousness not seen since Ronald Reagan was president of actually cutting the size and yes scope of the federal government.
One very serious difference between Mr. Reagan during the 1980s and Mr. Romney of the 2010s is this.
While Mr. Reagan was president, congress was very Democrat-dominated. Mr. Reagan never had more than 192 Republicans in the House of Representatives. And while the senate was Republican, the RINO quotient was much stronger than it is today.
If Mr. Romney is the GOP nominee and he does win election in November, the chances are that he will have a Republican congress. At the very least the House should be Republican. A worse-case scenario in the senate is a 50-50 partisan split. And a Republican vice-president, well that makes the senate Republican.
So while Mr. Romney has given a clue as to how he would cut the budget, this is what I think is very interesting from the linked article:

According to NBC, Romney told the fundraiser guests that he would combine many departments in Washington, adding: "Some eliminate, but I'm probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go. Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later. But I'm not going to actually go through these one by one. What I can tell you is, we've got far too many bureaucrats. I will send a lot of what happens in Washington back to the states."
What Mr. Romney is suggesting is what happens in the private sector all the time. When the money is not there, parts of any company have to be consolidated and or eliminated. It is not always great, but it is a reality.
And another reality is that yes, there are too many bureaucrats. Not just in Washington. But every state capital. Every county and many, many cities.
In another nod to Mr. Reagan, Mr. Romney suggests that a lot of what is done out of Washington will be sent back to the states.
Which leads to the ED.
The ED was created under former President Jimmah Carter in 1979. What the link will not tell you is that it was a huge payoff to the teacher unions as they sought to make education policy more uniform across the United States. Thus the power of states, counties, cities and most importantly local school boards was usurped.
Those of us that believe the federal government is too big and way too involved in local education policy have long sought to eliminate the ED. As well as another Carter-era boondoggle, the Department of Energy.
Of course the left will tell you that it is necessary to have a Washington bureaucracy, especially in education, because of the failure of education in the United States. Never mind that the failure has dramatically increased since the formation of the ED.
The fact that Mr. Romney broaches this subject is a sign that he is serious about sending some departments back to the states.
When he ran for the senate in 1994, Mr. Romney also suggested that he would seek to eliminate the ED, of course it was used to make him out to be anti-education.
No, Mr. Romney was right then and would be right now. Education is best handled when at all possible at the most local level.
Of course as noted this will clearly freak-out Team Obama and their allies.
But I believe that the American people have come to realize that the federal government is too big, too unyielding and in many ways most ineffective in most of what they touch.
That is what the election in November is going to be about.
It is important that Mr. Romney not let the Obamawhore/Leftywhore media  (again, one and the same) lead the narrative. Mr. Romney needs to say it again, again, again and again.
The federal government is too big, out of control and yes, out of touch.
That states need to be taking up the slack, if they choose of things that they have long depended on Washington to fund if not operate.
By telling people that he will actually seriously make budget cuts, department consolidations and total elimination, Mitt Romney is telling the truth. And Team Obama. They will lie and lie often.

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