House Republicans are calling on Congress to take the following two actions this month:Emphasis on the pander-y parts is mine. Ah, "families and small businesses" -- because tax hikes on individuals and large businesses have no job-killing effects and are generally just peachy.
1. Pass a bill that cuts non-security related government spending for the next year back to FY 2008 levels – before all of the bailouts, government takeovers, and 'stimulus' spending sprees began. On Monday, President Obama proposed another round of the same failed 'stimulus' spending that has led to fewer jobs and more debt. The legislation House Republicans are proposing would provide the fiscal discipline economists say is needed to promote private-sector job creation and prevent a lame-duck Congress from writing another bloated omnibus spending bill after the November elections. Exceptions should be made for programs affecting seniors, veterans, and national security.
2. Enact a two-year freeze on all current tax rates to stop job-killing tax hikes on families and small businesses. This would help ease the uncertainty employers and entrepreneurs are facing so they can get back to creating jobs. While President Obama intends to move forward with his plan to raise taxes on half of small business income in America, House Republicans will continue to fight to permanently stop job-killing tax hikes.
And seriously, why do "programs affecting seniors" get a pass on the spending cutbacks? Aside from that being an exception you could drive a truck through, this reads like just another signal that the GOP has no intention of getting on the wrong side of the AARP -- something somebody is going to have to do, sometime, if we're ever going to reform entitlements.