Fed Up Americans want to take scissors to the federal budget

Rep. Kevin Brady Contributor
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It’s no surprise to me that YouCut is rapidly approaching a million votes. Everywhere I go, people tell me this government is out of control. Americans feel a 13—as in trillions of dollars in debt—is a very unlucky number.

Americans watch in anger as this Congress slides two months past its own deadline for a budget resolution. They know the government won’t let them wait until after April 15 to file their taxes or face penalties, so they want to see this Congress take a dose of its own medicine.

House Democrats may dismiss their failure to pass a budget resolution as just “insider baseball,” but to the American people hurt by record long-term unemployment, it’s a strike-out. The American people have watched as this Congress took over the health care industry over their objections. They are tired of false promises of “if you like your plan, you can keep it” and the stimulus will “create or save” millions of jobs and keep unemployment under 8 percent.

The old adage the proof is in the pudding comes to mind, because the legislation we’ve been served is overpriced, unappetizing and bad for our country.

For the last month, Americans have been casting their votes for YouCut items to cut spending. Sadly, House Democrats have voted against common sense savings and for programs that reward states for signing up more welfare recipients and for doing nothing to reform Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, major drivers of the financial crisis.

If Democrats think that protecting their pet projects is going to make Americans stop speaking out, they have another thing coming. YouCut is just getting started. Right now, Americans are voting for the next YouCut item, because they are fed up. The Congressional voting card can’t continue to be an unlimited credit card for programs the American people don’t want.

Instead of false promises, YouCut hands the American people the scissors. If they don’t get the cuts they want on the House floor, they will be making their own cuts at the ballot box in November.

Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) is the senior House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee.