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I am so sick and tired to hear that the sequester has these savage cuts (especially from my own Congressman Cantor) that are unsustainable.  How we have a true visionary hero Рyou know who Рthe chief executive whose picture was taken with a certain blogger two weeks ago! РGovernor Bobby Jindal who said this (I quote from an email that me and 8,000,000 other people get!  The governor was on CNN.)

“I’m going to respectfully disagree with some of my colleagues’ statements. ¬†I do want to echo what Scott [Walker] has said. ¬†I’ll make a couple of points. ¬†I think it is possible to cut less than 3 percent of the federal budget without causing these devastating consequences. ¬†To go to the earlier question, I think you can achieve these reductions without for example jeopardizing children’s access to vaccination. ¬†I think you can achieve these kinds of reductions.

Let’s be clear, the spending, the federal budget will actually be larger even after these reductions than it was last year. ¬†So I think there is a responsible way to cut less than 3 percent of the federal budget. ¬†I think it’s time for the president to show leadership. ¬†I think it’s time for him to send to congress a prioritized list of reductions that preserves critical services. ¬†Every Governor here has had to balance their budgets during tough economic times. ¬†Every family out there has to balance their budget, isn’t allowed to spend more than they need. ¬†Every business has had to become more efficient, tighten their belts. ¬†The reality is that it can be done.

This administration has an insatiable appetite for new revenues. ¬†Over 600 billion dollars in new spending under this president. ¬†Almost 6 trillion dollars in new debt. ¬†Over 600 billion dollars in new taxes just in the most recent deal. ¬†Enough’s enough. ¬†Now is the time to cut spending. ¬†It can be done without jeopardizing the economy. ¬†It can be done without jeopardizing critical services. ¬†The president needs to stop campaigning, stop trying to scare the American people, stop trying to scare the states. ¬†Every American knows out there, you just ask the American people, do they believe there is at least 3 percent of the federal government spending that is wasteful spending? And they would tell you there is room to cut the waste without jeopardizing critical services.

So I happen to disagree. ¬†I made a suggestion, the president didn’t agree with it. ¬†I said if these cuts really are that devastating, will you at least consider delaying some of the new spending instead of cutting existing programs. ¬†For example, the Medicaid expansions. ¬†And he disagreed with that. ¬†He did not want to do that. ¬†He did not agree. ¬†If these cuts are so devastating, why are we spending new dollars to create new programs. ¬†So I respectfully disagree.”

So while our governor cuts a deal to increase Medicaid and bring the Commonwealth more fully into the Obamacare system, so he can raise taxes, the governor of Louisiana tells the truth.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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