We Have Been Wasting a Lot of It

This morning on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee John Mica (R-FL) quoted his father, who used to say “it is not how much you spend, but how you spend it.”  The Congressman went on to point out the obvious, that “we have been wasting a lot” of money.

Here is the thing with the House transportation bill: it improves how the money is spent AND spends more of it.  The elevated spending is objectionable to conservatives, who correctly viewed 2010 as a mandate from the American people to stop overspending.  Increased spending, even if done so more efficiently, does not reduce the size of government or mitigate our looming debt crisis.

Instead, we should focus on reining in the bureaucracy, empowering states, and cutting spending.  That is a solution conservatives – and Mr. Mica’s father – could rally around.

Related:
Key Vote Alert: “NO” on Senate Transportation Bill 

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2 thoughts on “We Have Been Wasting a Lot of It

  1. The House bill is excellent. Yes, Republicans can still do big things but Mica shows how different it can be without earmarks, wasted gas taxes, and hundreds of small programs doled out to lobbying groups. Unless the House bill passes, we’ll be left with mandatory funds for bike paths, “safe routes to schools”, etc. Mica’s bill refocuses the program on things that are actually in the federal interest — like the National Highway System. Read the constitution’s interstate commerce clause — there are two things we shouldn’t cut spending on: Defense & Highways. Eisenhower was right.

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