Monday, October 17, 2005

Every cloud has a silver lining

If there’s any good news coming out of the DeLay indictment, it’s that fiscal conservatives are taking control of the House GOP.

From the Washington Post:

Beginning this week, the House GOP lawmakers will take steps to cut as much as $50 billion from the fiscal 2006 budget for health care for the poor, food stamps and farm supports, as well as considering across-the-board cuts in other programs. Only last month, then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) and other GOP leaders quashed demands within their party for budget cuts to pay for the soaring cost of hurricane relief.

The abrupt shift reflects a changed political dynamic in the House in which a faction of fiscal conservatives -- known as the Republican Study Committee, or RSC -- has gained the upper hand because of DeLay's criminal indictment in Texas, widespread criticism of the Republicans' handling of Hurricane Katrina, and uncertainty over the future of the leadership, according to lawmakers and aides.
(Source: Washington Post, Oct. 17, 2005)


At 12:01 PM, Blogger Toby said...

Huzzah! Maybe they can cut programs for the poor and still get tax cuts for the wealthy!

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

And maybe the DNC can fight to keep the death tax around, which hits family farms pretty hard.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger North Star Politics said...

The estate tax, you mean?

The Republican Party has advertised DeLay, Frist, and Bush as fiscal conservatives. Republicans have become chronic liars.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

It's the death tax, ask any farmer. Oh that's right, the DFL abandoned the farmers long ago.

If there's any chronic liar, it's Bill Clinton.


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