James Pethokoukis

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‘Cut and grow’ is really the only way forward

January 4, 2011

In theory, at least, the House GOP is exactly right:

The new House Republican majority will use the three weeks before President Obama’s State of the Union address to repeal the healthcare law, cut spending and scrap federal regulations, incoming Majority Leader Eric Cantor  (R-Va.) said Tuesday.

Cantor said Republicans would be “a cut and grow majority,” deploying a new label to define the GOP’s twin goals of reducing government spending while expanding the economy.

The incoming majority leader said that once House Republicans vote next week to repeal the healthcare overhaul, they will move quickly to fulfill their stated commitment to cutting spending to 2008 levels. In the third part of the majority’s opening act, he said, the GOP will target “job-killing” regulations across the federal government. The goal is to lay down a clear marker before Obama addresses the new Congress in his annual State of the Union speech, which is expected to take place the final week of January.

And I hope a big cut in corporate taxes is also on the table.

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The TeaOP is exactly wrong, and showing a a stunning amount of hypocrisy, to boot. Throughout the 15-month health reform debate, the TeaOP repeatedly accused Democrats of ramming through the health care bill without going through a bipartisan process, despite the fact that House Democrats held 79 bipartisan hearings and markups since 2008, incorporated Republican amendments, and posted the original House bill online for 30 days.

When the House Republican plan to repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act comes to the floor next week, Democrats plan to introduce amendments forcing Republicans to vote to scrap specific provisions in the law, all of which happen to be quite popular.

Republicans, not surprisingly, will block efforts to have any amendments.

Remember when Republicans demanded again and again that they be allowed to introduce amendments and generally enjoy an open process while health reform was being debated? For two years, Republicans said it was imperative for the minority to be allowed to offer amendments to legislation … but when it comes time to repeal health care reform, Republicans no longer care about their alleged principles.

But that’s not even the half of it.

For two years, Republicans said all legislation had to be paid for … but when it comes time to repeal health care reform, Republicans no longer care about their alleged principles.

For two years, Republicans said all legislation needed scores from the Congressional Budget Office … but when it comes time to repeal health care reform, Republicans no longer care about their alleged principles.

For two years, Republicans said self-executing rules and bypassing committees were outrageous abuses … but when it comes time to repeal health care reform, Republicans no longer care about their alleged principles.

As if they ever cared.

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