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Eric Cantor Delivers Welcome News to Fiscal Conservatives Last Night

A group of around 500 attended Eric Cantor’s Advisory Council meeting in Henrico County last night at the Westin Hotel. Prior to the formal meeting, the crowd of supporters mingled with others who were not necessarily supporters, but wanted to hear what House Majority Leader Cantor had to say.

In talking to a number of people, most were very happy with Cantor and the job he is doing. After all, this was a meeting for supporters. With others, there was a great deal of concern that Cantor was less than enthusiastic in dealing with an overly bloated Federal Government. Many of these identified themselves with various TEA Party and Patriot groups around Richmond.

At the end of the evening, even the more skeptical in the crowd came away with a sense that Congressman Cantor is moving in the right direction and found very little to disagree with in either the prepared remarks or in Cantor’s answers to questions from the audience.

Cantor spoke about the ongoing effort to dry up funding for “ObamaCare” and his desire to totally repeal the multi-trillion dollar drain on the economy.

The Majority Leader also spoke on the importance of making meaningful cuts to the current “budget” and avoiding more “Continuing Resolutions” to keep the government running without actually nailing down a budget.

While chants of “shut it down” erupted from time to time, though only from a couple of people at a time, Cantor spoke of Senate Majority Leader’s desire to actually make a government shutdown a reality. Many in the room seemed fine with that idea, but Eric Cantor has his focus on the House Budget that will be released in about 3 weeks, and there is good news on the budget front!

Cantor said the budget will put America on the path to balancing the budget, and will also deal with entitlements!

President Obama and the Democrats are waiting to pounce on any Republicans daring to act fiscally responsible and address the out of control and unfunded liabilities that our entitlement programs represent. There is absolutely no way we can continue down the path we are on without major changes. Democrats know that. Republicans know that, and the American people know that.

But the Democrats, nonetheless, will attempt to garner a political advantage over Republicans for any attempt to reform Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. That’s just how they roll.

A week ago, I wrote:

And all of this is absolutely useless without a responsible Republican budget proposal. Where every dollar has been scrutinized as if it were actually taxpayer’s money!

If John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy are incapable of leading and producing a responsible budget and reversing spending, they should step aside and let serious Conservatives take over.

If the Republicans are not able to do better than this on the budget, then dealing with the real issues blowing the budget out of hand – Social Security, Medicare and other “entitlements” is truly an impossible dream and we are headed for a financial meltdown from which recovery will be impossible.

And who says politicians don’t listen, right?

It is politically dangerous to try to deal with entitlements, the third rail of politics. I really did not expect this budget to deal with entitlements. I expected this would continue to be “kicked” down the road. And while the budget is not yet in hand, this is extremely encouraging and welcome news.

Cantor said that the entitlements for those nearing retirement – age 55 and over – would not be changed. But those under 55 can expect some changes.

This is the first real sign that the new Republican Majority in the House is actually looking beyond politics and intend to do what voters expected them to do.

The Congressman also expressed concern that Obama failed to seek advice and guidance from Congress in the Libyan War offensive he is now executing, and expects the president to be more forthcoming with Congress.

Cantor said that the current Administration does not have any energy policy at all. And while we need to continue development in renewable and green energy, this is best done with private investment and we need to use oil, coal and nuclear – despite the situation in Japan – to supply energy until other technology is developed. New breakthroughs in energy storage technology (batteries) are on the horizon, perhaps as soon as 2015, and these new discoveries will lead to advancements in renewable energy. Until then, we need to open more areas for oil exploration and drilling and use American resources to provide our energy needs.

So, most of the skeptics walked away with hope that things are on the right track with the Republicans now having a hand in governing. Admittedly, these are just words – at this point. Once the budget is released and we begin digesting the contents, the details will no doubt prove to be very interesting. But based on last night’s meeting, Eric Cantor gets it. He understands the dire situation America is in and is actively working to fix things – even entitlements.

There is not much more we can ask of the man.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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