Only Future Congresses Can Restrain Future Spending

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John Boehner says its time “to get serious about our fiscal situation, both the deficit and our long-term debt.” He says he is willing to increase the debt limit as long as the deal includes “real spending cuts” and “reforms to restrain future spending.” But only future Congresses can restrain future spending. Boehner knows this. He knows that the current Congress he rules over can change anything that a previous Congress has done. Promises of future spending restraints and cuts are a ruse.

And something else that probably millions have wondered: Why didn’t the Republicans get serious about our fiscal situation when they controlled the White House and the Congress for a majority of the Bush years and could do whatever they wanted? Answer that Boehner, before you talk about restraining future spending.

11:09 am on July 15, 2011