Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Republicans Can't Cut Spending Either

Politico has the story of how some of those in Congress that bemoan wasteful government spending vehemently oppose cuts to programs that directly affect their districts or states.

I realize that this should be a shock to no one, but it is an important point nonetheless. It is particularly troubling when Republicans, who pride themselves on being the party of fiscal discipline, simultaneously chastise the Obama administration for profligacy and for cutting a program whose value begins and ends at the borders of their congressional district.

Here is Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on cuts to the C-17 program, cuts endorsed by the Bush-appointed Secretary of Defense:
I have tried very hard to not be parochial in my approach to budgeting, but it’s awfully hard in this economy to look down my nose at the thousands of people that are employed in St. Louis building the C-17