Gary Johnson calls potential shutdown ‘the least of our problemsâ€™April 8, 2011Posted in Blog, News, Spending
At The Hill, by Gary Dâ€™Aprile:
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R), whoâ€™s set to announce a run for president later this month, mocked Democratic and Republican efforts to reach a budget compromise Thursday.
In an email to supporters of his political action committee, Johnson called the ongoing budget talks in Washington “absurd,” saying that a debate over whether to cut “$20 [billion] or $33 [billion] or $61 billion from a $3.8 trillion budget” doesnâ€™t even acknowledge the root of the problem.
“And while they have this so-called showdown, the president is spending at least $300 million a week on a new war in Libya, without asking anyone,” the libertarian-leaning former governor wrote. “We are facing a financial collapse under the weight of more than a trillion dollars in deficit spending, and Washington is pretending to wage a budget battle royale over whether to cut spending by 1 percent or 2 percent.”
Congressional leaders and the White House are still working to strike a long-term budget deal and avert a government shutdown.
The email, sent with the subject line “A Government Shutdown is the least of our problems,” doubled as a fundraising appeal for Johnsonâ€™s PAC and implored lawmakers to tackle “the real challenges of entitlements, wars we cannot afford and hundreds of billionsâ€™ worth of programs we donâ€™t need.”
Johnson argued the federal government “could cut hundreds of billions in spending without breaking a sweat or creating hardship for anyone. Yet the politicians in Washington somehow think we are impressed by reductions that are literally rounding errors in the federal budget.”