The Republican controlled House Rules Committee released a continuing resolution to fund the federal government: wolves will lose all of their Endangered Species Act protection in Idaho, Montana, and parts of Washington, Oregon, and Utah.
Democrats in the last Congress could have passed the 2011 budget, but they did not. They punted, leaving the door open for Republicans to do what they will with the budget for both this year and for FY 2012.
The GOP's mantra has long been that there is too much government involvement in our lives. So how do they square that with telling a woman who has been raped that maybe her rape just wasn't violent enough to warrant an abortion?
It was engineers and scientists that, for example, raced death to find a vaccine for polio. But where, one wonders, did men like Goethals and Salk find their moments of inspiration for their scientific goals?
The Republicans told us what they wanted to do in their "Pledge to America" last year: it involves ripping the heart out of the future and burying it at the intersection of crumbling highways and a falling-down bridge to nowhere.
Five hundred million dollars seems like a lot, until one realizes that it's only a small part of an approximately $3.6 trillion dollar budget. It is certainly a testimonial to the endurance of earmarks.
Hard choices are needed to restore our nation's fiscal health. But across-the-board pay and hiring freezes avoid tough strategic decisions. The real question is not what can we cut, but how can we best save money.
The media continues to ignore the fact that Social Security does not and, indeed, cannot add to the federal deficit: It is permitted to pay benefits only to the extent it has funds on hand and is prohibited from borrowing.