(Non-)Response From Washington Senator Maria Cantwell Re: Porkbusters

I think I just got a form letter from Sen. Cantwell's office in response to my query as to what specific pork she would trim from the budget (I'm the one adding the links, not the Senator's office):

Dear Mr. Poulson,
Thank you for contacting me regarding government spending and the federal budget. I appreciate your comments on this important issue. The budget is a national blueprint, and it is paramount that the policies we support promote long-term national growth.

Thank you for selecting “budget” from the pulldown on my email-the-Senator web page.

It is one of my top priorities to maintain a balanced budget and to use discipline in federal spending. As such, I am deeply concerned about our escalating national debt. The President's $2.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2005 is expected to bring with it a deficit of $521 billion, the highest deficit in the history of our country. When measured as a percentage of GDP, the deficit is expected to reach 5.5 percent—the highest since 1992, and close to the record high of six percent in 1983. When combined with the President's intent to extend his tax cuts and the rise in spending for Homeland Security and Defense programs, the budget deficit will only continue to grow. When President Bush took office, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported a $236 billion surplus in the U.S. Treasury and projected a $5.6 trillion surplus from 2002 to 2011. The projections from January 2004 indicate a $2.18 trillion deficit through 2011.

Tax cuts are bad! Bad! The only way to save the country is to spend more and tax more!

What is, of course, missing from this response is anything about what programs have to be reduced in order to handle the obvious important priority of preventing further terrorism on U.S. soil, or that the appropriate response to deficits is to reduce spending. If you spend too much, then you drop lower priority items until you can cover the cost. Surely that's taught in school somewhere.

When the Senate passed the FY 2005 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 95) on March 12, I voted against its final passage. This budget will be used over the course of this year as a framework for all areas of government spending from defense to education to workforce training. I voted against this budget resolution because, like the President's Budget Proposal, I believe it does not succeed in addressing our nation's highest priorities and it fails to exercise much-needed fiscal discipline.

I do not share the President's vision, as we need to spend more and tax more.

Specifics are not forthcoming.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Finally, you may be interested in signing up for my weekly update for Washington State residents. Every Monday, I provide a brief outline about my work in the Senate and issues of importance to Washington State. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

Let's just be friends.

Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

So, Maria's office staff was not able to send me specifics on what pork needed to be cut at this time. Maybe they'll send me something later, but I doubt it.

Josh Poulson

Posted Tuesday, Sep 20 2005 08:25 AM

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Cut government programs? Bwahahahahaha!!! Our Founding Fathers would cringe if they saw what we now consider "entitlements."


Posted Tuesday, Sep 20 2005 02:06 PM

With Maria for a friend, we don't need enemas. How did this flat-earth Hoosier hawk get to be a (purportedly liberal Democratic) Senator from Washington state? One knows that she plain purchased the position--but other than that, how'd she do it? What fatal corruption in our local politics enabled this time-serving fascist lickspittle to "creep, climb, and intrude into the fold"?

douglas snow

Posted Tuesday, Apr 18 2006 10:30 PM

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