Republican lawmakers don’t like it when spending cuts they voted for hit home
Don’t tax you. Don’t tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.
If you adapt that old saying to the issue of government spending cuts, it applies to the hypocrisy we see HERE:
With sequestration spending cuts forcing the FAA to order the closure of air traffic control towers at smaller airports throughout the country, House Republicans are complaining.
After years of doing nothing but talk about the need to cut spending, Republicans have finally started to get what they want—and it turns out they don’t like it. But instead of doing the obvious thing, which would be to change their position on austerity, they’re simply issuing press releases and statements about how they don’t like the cuts that are taking place in their own back yard.
The problem is that their solution—to make the cuts in somebody else’s back yard—isn’t really a solution. It’s just political spin. There is no magic wand to make spending cuts be painless and for Republicans to pretend otherwise is transparently dishonest and defies common sense.