Glen Tschirgi over at CaptainsJournal has an interesting idea about the budget.
Republicans in the House need to fund the federal government in a completely upside-down manner, and they need to do this not only for 2011 but also for 2012 and, perhaps, beyond until some mechanism is put into place that can reliably shrink the federal government. The solution is to stop funding the government with comprehensive, unitary budgets and, instead, as Ferrara alludes to as a sort of desperate measure, fund the government in piecemeal fashion with bills that fund specific government departments or activities…
…Instead, Boehner should flip the funding process on its head and abandon the comprehensive approach. Rather than presenting one, unitary budget with spending cuts reflected in it, Boehner should present to the floor of the House a whole series of individual bills that fund only those essential functions of government that must be funded. And the funding bills should be presented in order of political priority.
So, for example, the first funding bill to come up would be funding for Social Security for the balance of the 2011 budget year. Let the Democrats in the Senate try to explain to the public why they are voting against Social Security. They will cave in a heartbeat. Just as liberal Senators, in the end, caved in on voting for military funding for the Iraq war in 2007, although they denounced the war as a lost cause and a crime against humanity, they knew that they could not face re-election having voted to deny our soldiers and marines the materiel needed in the midst of combat. Same thing applies here.
Boehner and the majority in the House would continue to line up single funding bills in similar fashion: for the Defense Department, for Medicare, for Veterans Affairs, for payment of interest on the national debt — there goes that favorite argument about raising the debt ceiling.
In short, this is a historic opportunity for the GOP to fund only those federal activities that are clearly necessary and Constitutionally prescribed…
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