Sunday, November 20, 2011

Super Committee Failed. Automatic Cuts is the Only Way

If the super committee failed during negotiations, Rand Paul was there to clarify the consequence. For several weeks, the Democrats on the super committee touted that there will be automatic cuts on the military. Through the power of funny math, the budget cut to the military are base on future spending. Honestly, automatic spending cuts will be the Democrats downfall. Bush tax cuts will be affected. Medicare and Medicaid will be affected. Unemployment checks will be affected. In the "it is all about the economy, stupid" mantra, Democrats will be blamed big time in 2012. Recently, Democrats walked away from the negotiation table. Democrats are afraid to take responsibility. They want to take the GOP down with them. Actually, Republicans can not be blamed for the inadequacies of Democrats.

(CNN) - Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator who was elected with strong support from the tea party, said Sunday the automatic cuts that would follow a “super committee” failure may be the only way for Congress to reach a debt-cutting deal.

“Automatic cuts (sequestration) are sort of like telling your children that, you know, if you don't clean up your mess, or else,” Paul said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Maybe we need the ‘or else’ because Congress isn't behaving the way they should be behaving. Maybe sequestration is our only way we will get any kind of cuts,” Paul said.

Paul said the major cuts to budget of the Department of Defense wouldn’t actually amount to spending cuts, only cuts in proposed expenditures.

Another consequence of not reaching a deficit reduction deal is the expiration of unemployment benefits by the end of the year. Paul said he couldn’t support extended those benefits unless they’re funded.

“If you want to extend unemployment benefits, they have to be paid for,” Paul said. “We have an unemployment program. We have a tax for it. It's paid for for 26 weeks. So the question is, do we want to borrow money from China to pay people not to work?”