U.S. Chamber to GOP—Wait…But… We Like Roads!

Here's a fun one from the Careful What You Wish For Dept. (care of the Wall Street Journal) it turns that the U.S. Chamber is not 100% happy with all of the cutty-budgety talk they're hearing from the GOP:

House Republican leaders said Tuesday highway and mass-transit programs should no longer be shielded from budget cuts, and immediately drew fire from states, the construction industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The reaction offered a preview of the challenges incoming Republican House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team will face as they start work Wednesday to make good on promises to cut as much as $100 billion from annual federal spending.

Can't they just cut NPR and abortion funding and call it a day? What? No?

The Chamber, which contributed heavily to GOP congressional candidates in the midterm elections, said in a letter last week that subjecting highway spending to the uncertainty of annual budget cuts would lead to more job losses in the battered industry. The letter was also signed by groups tied to the construction industry.

To be fair, unions also don't want the GOP to cut highway funding. But, then again, who cares what unions think?

Meanwhile... interesting side note in the story -- the House under the GOP promises to slash its own budget by 5%, which they say will save $35 million. Which means ("carry the one...") that the House budget is $700 million. Am I the only one who thinks that sounds high? That's only $100 million less than the State of Mississippi spent on higher education in 2010. Huh.

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Roads=sacred. The Lipton crowd better watch what they mess with in the U.S. of A.


I get the feeling that the Tea Party will turn into a Iced Tea Party soon.

golden eagle


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