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May 29, 2010

Eric Cantor (R-VA), the Republican Whip in the House, has a novel idea.

Each week, the GOP offers 5 spending cut choices on his Republican Whip website. When I first got the email about this, I didn’t quite get it. I thought it was a one-time deal. Hardly. Every week there are five different ones–each one worthy of enacting in its own right. You can vote on them either on the website or by texting. And if you don’t like any of them, there’s a spot to suggest your own.

The first week, 280,000 people voted; the second week 520,000.

Rep. Michele Bachmann offered this week’s winning cut on the House Floor; an amendment to eliminate a pay raise for federal government employees saving the taxpayers over $30 billion. The up-or-down vote was clear; the majority in the U.S. House voted to allow pay raises for non-military federal employees, while the rest of the country is facing pay cuts. Votes are recorded, of course, and you can see them from Cantor’s site. There is even video of the debate. (Having Minnesota heritage, I never get tired of listening to Michele Bachmann.)

On this particular one:

Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn voted yes to the cut.

Betsy Markey, Ed Perlmutter, Jared Polis and John Salazar voted no to the cut.

Diana DeGette didn’t bother to vote–or else didn’t want her vote on record.

Here’s a great way to make your voice heard to someone who is actually listening. The spend-o-crats will likely vote it all down–until November. Then the new Congress will have an idea of where to begin.

For more ideas on spending cuts, go to Downsizing Government.

  1. May 29, 2010 10:48 am

    Important post. Nice to know your admiration for Congresswoman Bachmann is based on your shared MN heritage.

    • May 29, 2010 9:02 pm

      I was quite literal when I wrote that I never got tired of listening to her–Minnesota accent. She also makes a lot of sense, along with Paul Ryan from Wisconsin.

  2. May 29, 2010 11:15 pm

    Speaking of Paul Ryan, he is certainly a resource undertapped by the GOP establishment. He’s got the most promise of anyone on the national scene, but I guess because he is such a principled fiscal conservative, some of the party bosses don’t like him. Sounds a lot like Colorado.

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