Paul Ryan takes the first axe swing at government spending

Operating under new Republican rules that give him unilateral authority to set the maximum discretionary spending levels for the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year (though not how the money will be spent), House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) last Thursday proposed total discretionary federal spending for this fiscal year of $1.055 trillion. (Those rules were made possible by the Democrats' failure to pass a budget in the last Congress.)

As a senior staffer for the congressman put it, Ryan's spending limit allocation "is like an allowance that will guide the appropriations process for the current fiscal year. The federal government has been misbehaving as of late, so Paul cut their allowance."

Please see the rest of my article at the web page of the American Spectator:

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    Comment from: airbus
    02/04/11 @ 05:13:58 pm

    I don't know, McCain is already on board with fiscal conservative Obama, calling him "centrist" and said: "I think it's pretty clear that the president has really pivoted to a much more centrist position, which I think makes it much more for us easier to work with him." It's taking McCain longer to cave then I thought it would. Those who voted against JD Hayworth can't say they weren't expecting this. Do away with that new high speed rail program, Amtrack (carries 66,000 people daily at a $2 billion loss), the energy dept. (responsible for solving the energy crisis), Dept of Ed., EPA which is duplicated in states anyway.

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