Strange Budget Plan
Recorded on April 22, 2011
It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.
Because Washington won't make tough decisions to cut spending, a group called the Bipartisan Policy Center has a new and dangerous suggestion, which they call SAVEGO:
They propose that Congress would set goals for how much to spend in future years, and then—when they fail to meet them—tell the bureaucrats to make the tough decisions. Cabinet secretaries and the Office of Management and Budget would decide where to make spending cuts. The Treasury Department would decide how to increase taxes.
There are two big problems with this pass the buck plan: First, it's blatantly unconstitutional for Congress to put others in charge of tax and spending decisions. And, second, if others run the show, then who needs a Congress?
It's just another gimmick to make you think they're getting spending under control when they're really not. So watch out for it.
For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.