Thursday, May 27, 2010

"You Cut" ...wait, it's working?

When Rep. Eric Cantor announced the You Cut program a few weeks ago, I admit, I did a little eye roll. But, o.k. let's play along. I tweeted out the website and put it on the Richmond Patriots facebook and ning network. I even received some flack from some angry conservatives who are tired of the "political games". I could not disagree.

Today, however, there are reports that the You Cut program could be putting pressure on the majority party to actually start making budget cuts.

The Hill reporter Jared Allen posted this today:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during a Wednesday morning meeting with committee chairmen that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) intended to hold them to a Friday deadline to submit detailed lists of duplicative and wasteful programs that can be eliminated from the $3 trillion budget.

“You need to produce something on this,” Hoyer said, according to a person in the room. “You all need to find some programs to cut.”

In leaning on the chairmen to get their proposals into the Speaker’s hands by Friday, Hoyer specifically mentioned the difficulty Democrats are having moving a package of tax extenders, unemployment insurance extensions and other items because the nearly $150 billion it would add to the deficit is considered by some to be too high.

And later in the report:

Some Democrats also think the GOP has struck the right populist chord with House Republican Whip Eric Cantor’s (Va.) YouCut initiative, an online grassroots effort to get budget-cutting suggestions directly from the public.

So, I would like to encourage my conservative friends not to dismiss this and go VOTE. Yes, we have a lot of cutting to do, but as Ronald Reagan once said,"If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat." We must keep up the pressure if we are going to take back this government.

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