Pawlenty calls Tea Party push for more cuts “good news”

February 10, 2011

USA/House Republican leaders may be concerned about turmoil among newly elected Tea Party colleagues who want bigger spending cuts. But potential Republican White House hopeful Tim Pawlenty sees only good news.

As the Conservative Political Action Conference prepares to hear from 2012 White House Wannabes, the former Minnesota governor tells NBC’s Today show that conservatives of every stripe should be proud.

“The good news is, and this is I think the story for CPAC and for conservatives more broadly, reducing government spending and dealing with the deficit and the debt is now mainstream,” he says.

“And so the fact that the Tea Party and others are pushing for more cuts, deeper cuts, faster reform, that’s a good thing. I don’t discount that, I applaud it.”

He is due to address CPAC on Friday.

Pawlenty says he is “a month or so” away from deciding whether to run for office. As a Minnesotan known for his mild manners, he faces a considerable challenge at winning recognition against Republican rock stars like Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

But Pawlenty sounds undaunted: “As people get to know me, I tend to get support. I got elected and reelected in probably the most liberal state in the country as a Republican.”

He also has an “A” grade for his record of gubernatorial fiscal discipline from the libertarian Cato Institute to help fend off criticism that he is really an establishment Republican in conservative garb.

But Pawlenty sounds a bit Obama-esque while accounting for his role in Minnesota’s current fiscal woes. His successor, Gov. Mark Dayton, complains that he inherited a “fiscal mess” from Pawlenty that now includes a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit.BUSH

Pawlenty’s response: “It’s a result, of course, largely of not particular policies but the worst economic collapse of World War II.”

Oh, and PS: He says Dayton needs to cut spending, like he did.

Reuters Photo Credits: Joshua Roberts (Tim Pawlenty); Jim Bourg (White House in the Twilight)

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I like the article David, especially the sarcasm at the end.

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Republicans have a preoccupation with cutting programs that affect women and their children. They are proposing cutting $758 million from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which amounts to about a 6 percent cut to a program providing food assistance to low-income women and their infants.
They are cutting $210 million from Maternal and Child Health Block Grants, which amounts to about a 33 percent cut in a program giving low-income pregnant women, mothers and their children access to health care.
They are cutting $27 million from the Poison Control Center, which would essentially eliminate a program supporting local poison control centers and funding a hotline directing residents to their local poison control office, despite the fact that poisoning disproportionately affects children, with half the exposures at the National Poison Control Center last year occurring to children younger than six.
Republicans want to cut $1.1 billion from community health centers. In 2008, about one-third of community health center patients were children.
Good news for Tim Pawlenty. Look at him smile.
These cuts will do absolutely nothing but have extremely detrimental effects on those who need the targeted programs the most. They don’t even add up to 1% of the federal budget. This shows the callousness of the GOP’s approach to budgeting, which leaves huge parts of the federal budget like the Pentagon immune to cuts while taking an axe to non-defense discretionary spending that serves far more people, and does far more for them.

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