According to an article in the Washington Times, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay declared an "ongoing victory" in cutting spending "and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget."
Wha??? He can’t be this deluded. Not when Citizens Against Government Waste determined that wasteful spending programs in 2005 were up 19% from the previous year, making it the fattest year for pork.
DeLay was further quoted as saying, "My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I’ll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet." Funny; the CAGW’s Prime Cuts 2005 gave 600 recommendations for cutting spending that would save taxpayers $232 billion in 2006 and $2 trillion over the next five years.
DeLay also claimed, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we’ve pared it down pretty good." Really? Then why did CAGW’s 2004 Congressional Ratings show that "fewer elected officials worked to ease the tax and regulatory burden of a cumbersome, bloated federal government," worse than previous Congresses have done? And it’s not a partisan issue, since "both Republicans and Democrats are rated at their lowest levels ever."
How can the Republicans even pretend to be for small government anymore? And how can they even pretend to be of an honest and moral character when they know nothing but political doublespeak?