It is very easy for the Republicans and the Tea Party to scream about the budget, but it seems very hard for them to have the integrity to actually walk-the-walk. The U.S. Senate today voted on a bill to cut the Rural Development Agency (yes, there is actually a government agency for that) by $1 billion. The cut was not passed by a vote of 85 to 13 with 2 abstaining. AMAZING!
What’s more is that those Tea Party favorites McConnell and Rubio voted NAY. There is no doubt that the general view of these Senators are generally known as wanting budget cuts. Why then would they vote against cutting $1 billion from the REA? Simple: nobody in Washington, NOBODY, want to name specific cuts. Everyone will tout the idea of a balanced budget amendment, or line-item vetoes, and the like. But when it comes to telling a specific group, “we are cutting your budget” these politicians run the risk of alienating a special interest group. By voting to cut the RDA, these Senators ran the risk of alienating the Ruralites. And let’s face it, we just can’t have that.
When our Senators, both Democrat and Republican, can’t cut a measly $1 billion (and it is MEASLY) from the Rural Development Agency, it is testament to the power of political cowardice. One would expect this type of vote from the Democrats and establishment Republicans. It’s easy to see that Tea Party rhetoric about out of control spending is just that.