Thursday, April 20, 2006

Whalen Wants to Curb Spending...Ducks Tough Issue in the Process

Thursday's Quad-Cities Times included this article about Mike Whalen's plan to curb deficit spending. The three points of his plan include limiting increases in spending to little more than inflation, requiring a super-majority vote to raise taxes, and giving line-item veto power to the president.

As expected, Whalen made restaurant analogies and spouted regular Republican rhetoric about the Bush tax cuts working.

Interestingly, however, Whalen painted himself into a corner. He attacked "pork-barrel spending", but dodged tough questions about the real issue concerning the budget, which is entitlement spending...Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Tibbetts reports that these three programs account for about half the federal budget and are growing faster than inflation. Whalen declined to comment on whether he would support proposals to reduce funding or even cut projected growth.

By doing this, we see Whalen once again talk the talk on the surface, but fail to follow through on the tough stuff. He has done come out weak on immigration, flip-flopped on ethanol, embarrassed himself on abortion, and now even half-assed the spending issue.

While talking about curbing spending, to combat his lackluster campaign performance he is currently spending campaign cash at a rate of 2:1 over some of his opponents. And, he continues to spend, as he is the latest candidate to partake in the paid media wars. Whalen currently airs one or two different radio spots, as well as a new commercial on cable television. Keep writing those big checks Mike.


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