(UNEDITED) Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) recently wrote a good article appearing in National Review Online pointing out than in spite of assurances following the 2010 elections, U.S. Government spending is STILL out of control.
As an example that Congress still can't cut spending, DeMint cites a recent vote on an amendment to H.R. 2112, an agricultural spending bill. The Amendment, submitted by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), would reduce unnecessary spending by the Rural Development Agency (RDA).
When that amendment came to a vote, it was defeated by a vote of 85-13. Of the 13 Senators who voted to cut the unnecessary spending, both Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Mike Lee voted in favor of the cuts.
I appreciate the stand taken by both Senator Hatch and Senator Lee on what was probably a difficult vote. Utah is still a largely rural state, but we will never solve the fiscal problems faced by this country if the Congress insists on spending tax dollars irresponsibly.
Well done, gentlemen.