Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA-07) has offered a simple criticism :
Mr. President, Spending is Clearly the Problem in Washington
Included in the press release are examples of expenditures that he considers to be “wasteful spending” including :
Pay to Play Video Games: The National Science Foundation spent $1.2 million paying seniors to play “World of Warcraft” to study the impact it had on their brain.
This press release caused a number of other Republicans to echo that sentiment … such as,
We are over $16 tril in debt & must get serious about spending. A good start? Stop paying seniors to play video games is.gd/jmHMu8
— Rep. Walter Jones (@RepWalterJones) February 20, 2013
(NOTE : I wonder how much it cost for someone to arrange the photo set as this is an “official House Republican Conference photograph” … good to know that monies are being spent to inform the taxpayers about wasteful spending.)
As mentioned in a previous commentary (GOP Battles With Alzheimer’s Disease and the Sequester) the claim that senior citizens are being paid $1.2 million to play the video game “World of Warcraft” is “entirely inaccurate” … but heck it is $1.2 million that the National Science Foundation spent on research … and where could we better have spent the a million bucks ?
That is the root of the problem as Representative Candice Miller tweeted on January 3rd
113thCongress must focus on improving our nation’s financial future w/needed spending cuts & reforms. Proud to represent the people of MI10.
— Candice Miller (@CandiceMiller) January 3, 2013
The next day, January 4th, Representative Candice Miller (R-MI-10), the new chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, approved a contract with the law firm Bancroft PLLC increasing additional taxpayer funding to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court from $2 million to $3 million. This was done without consultation with House Democrats. “This is not the first time that House Republicans have made a unilateral decision to raise the ceiling on expenditures for this wasteful litigation that supports a discriminatory statute, without any public discussion or advance notice to Democratic members of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (which decides how the House acts in court), Members of the House, or the public,” Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer wrote.
Heck, what’s another million … at least it isn’t on video games.
The Supreme Court will soon hear a case over DOMA, United States v. Windsor … and weighing in are a number of interested parties via amicus briefs … much like the one that Bancroft will file.
Of interest is a group of prominent Republicans who plan to file a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that same-sex marriage promotes family values by allowing children of gay couples to grow up in two-parent homes, and that it advances conservative values of “limited government and maximizing individual freedom.”
The brief has already collected 75 signatures including Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) and Richard Hanna (R-NY-22); and Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress. Others who have signed include Stephen J. Hadley, a George W. Bush national security adviser; Carlos Gutierrez, a commerce secretary to Mr. Bush; James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official; David A. Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director; Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor; Christine Todd Whitman; former governor of New Jersey; William Weld and Jane Swift, both former governors of Massachusetts; and Meg Whitman, former business associate of Mitt Romney and one-time California gubernatorial candidate.
Thus the question for House Republicans, “Spending is Clearly the Problem in Washington” and you are responsible too.
House Republicans have done nothing to prevent this sequestration … much less addressing changes that everyone wants …
Once again, from Representative Cantor’s press release contains reference to the need to reduce duplication of “47 job-training programs” … well, to quote Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05) who is holding a hearing today on the subject “Today’s workforce development system is failing workers, employers, and taxpayers. Instead of a dynamic network of employment support, we have a massive bureaucracy that stifles innovation and wastes resources. Last year, President Obama urged Congress to cut through the confusing maze of programs and create one program for individuals to access the assistance they need.”
Yep, last year, President Obama pleaded with Congress to do something … and all we have heard up until now is that there is need to reduce the duplication of “47 job-training programs” … WHY is it taking so long ? Chairman Kline, any comment ?
House Republicans are too busy tweeting about “wasteful spending” while spending monies wastefully and wasting a lot of time.