GOP Wants Open Debt Committee Hearings

From Newsmax:

Much of Washington’s attention is now focused on the bipartisan congressional committee that will soon be formed to recommend how to reduce the budget deficit by $1.5 trillion. And Republicans are working hard to ensure that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction holds all its meetings in public, The Hill reports.

Six GOP senators sent a letter to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday urging that the committee’s business be “done in a transparent manner through advanced public notification, public attendance and live television broadcasts, . . . not behind closed doors.”

The signers include Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, David Vitter of Louisiana, Mike Lee of Utah, John Boozman of Arkansas, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin…

Good for them and I entirely agree…let us call witnesses who can explain exactly what we’re spending money on and what we can cut without touching a single social security, medicare, medicaid or military pay check.  Hundreds of billions are being spent each year on perfectly worthless activities (including activities hidden within otherwise worthy programs), and the more exposure we can get, the better our chances of a popular demand for cuts.

The people are on our side in the debt battle – we know it must be cut, all we have to do is show where and how much.  Open committee hearings will give us our best chance.

4 thoughts on “GOP Wants Open Debt Committee Hearings

  1. Cluster August 6, 2011 / 10:27 am

    I actually place blame on our current financial mess, squarely on the shoulders of conservatives. Conservatives, or I should say the GOP, really dropped the ball in 2000 and forward. They irresponsibly controlled the House and spent like liberals and deserved to be voted out of office, but I hold them to a much higher standard than democrats. Let’s face it, we can never expect liberal democrats to be responsible, or to govern effectively. That is like expecting a child to do well in college, it’s just not going to happen. So let’s ride this next year out, keep the children on a tight leash, and in 2012, let’s begin the road back to fiscal sanity, and personal responsibility. I am tired of the blame game.

    • neocon1 August 6, 2011 / 10:30 am


      third party, the other two be damned.

      • Retired Spook August 6, 2011 / 11:37 am

        Unfortunately, the GOP establishment doesn’t really care if there’s a third party. If anything it will be a plus for them as they will get rid of the real Conservatives in the Republican Party; they’ll be in a permanent minority and have much more time for cocktail parties and golf with their Donk counterparts. Plus, the real kicker, they won’t have to be concerned with that pesky task of actually governing.

        The only way we survive as a Constitutional Republic is for the Tea Party movement to control the GOP.

  2. Green Mountain Boy August 6, 2011 / 11:56 am

    It took the Whigs not even two presidential election cycles to disappear. It took the new republican party 2 presidential election cycles to provide a winner.
    It would be painful for sure but I do believe it is time for conservatives to cut all connections to the republican party. The republicans were born as a big government supreme federal power party, let them die the same way.

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