Jonathan Bydlak and Rebekah Johansen of Coalition to Reduce Spending join Michael to talk about their organization. The Coalition attacks spending like Grover Norquist‘s Group, Americans for Tax Reform, attacks taxes. The group offers candidates a pledge which promises not to increase spending without an offset elsewhere. Senator Ted Cruz, South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, Georgia’s Doug Collins and Paul Broun, and Ohio’s Steve Chabot have signed the pledge.
The group discusses spending trends, how wars impact spending, as well as mechanisms to keep spending in check. They also talk about the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) cuts. Bydlak and Johansen applaud members who are beginning to turn to these as avenues to curtail spending and programs ripe for cutting.
The Coalition advocates for a holistic approach to spending rather than a partisan approach where the left refuses to examine entitlements while the right views the defense budget as sacrosanct. However, it seems many new conservative house members are more open to the idea of putting Pentagon programs on the chopping block when these projects fail to deliver objectives or become white elephants.
Coalition to Reduce Spending advocates an approach that would keep the government spending within its means. They realize that the government spends money. They just encourage the government to take a flexible approach that allows it so spend money, but just asks that an increase in a budget for one program or project be met with an offset from another program or project. Visit Coalition to Reduce Spending to learn more.