Thursday, December 02, 2010

New House Leadership Preview: Slicing and Dicing Appropriations Bills

Someone bemoans government gridlock. Gridlock means less spending. From Politico:
The plans include slicing and dicing appropriations bills into dozens of smaller, bite-size pieces — making it easier to kill or slash unpopular agencies. Other proposals include statutory spending caps, weekly votes on spending cuts and other reforms to ensure spending bills aren’t sneakily passed under special rules.

I love this. However, there are many in both parties that won't. To wit:
On some level, their plans may create a sense of organized chaos on the House floor — picture dozens of votes on dozens of federal program cuts and likely gridlock on spending bills. And don’t forget that a lot of these efforts will die with a Democratic-led Senate and a Democrat in the White House.

But the intent is to force debate as much as to actually legislate — and make Old Guard Republicans and Democrats uncomfortable with a new way of thinking about the size and scope of government.

And some clowns who should no longer be in office think this is a bad idea and that John Boehner doesn't understand how hard this will be:
“John should talk with the professional appropriators about the complexities, rather than talk off the top of his head. His plans would take a huge amount of the House’s time, but what would it accomplish?” said a dubious former House Republican member of the Appropriations Committee who spoke on condition of anonymity.

To this clown I say, SUCK IT! Better to have more chaos and more discussion than more bad laws and more debt.