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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

GOP talk is cheap

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:36 AM

You've heard it here before, but no harm in another news article pointing out the obvious fact:

Republican candidates in Arkansas and everywhere are getting a lot of traction
talking relentlessly about how they're going to cut federal spending. Problem is, it's mostly just empty talk.


But while polls show that the Republicans’ message is succeeding politically, Republican candidates and party leaders are offering few specifics about how they would tackle the nation’s $13.7 trillion debt, and budget analysts said the party was glossing over the difficulty of carrying out its ideas, especially when sharp spending cuts could impede an already weak economic recovery.

“On the actual campaign trail, you are hearing virtually none of the kind of blatant honesty that we need about what changes would fix this situation,” said Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an advocacy group in Washington that promotes fiscal restraint.

The parties share blame for the current fiscal situation, but federal budget statistics show that Republican policies over the last decade, and the cost of the two wars, added far more to the deficit than initiatives approved by the Democratic Congress since 2006, giving voters reason to be skeptical of campaign promises.

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