As Governor Nikki Haley travels around the state in her “Movement” tour talking about the state’s issues, one of the hottest topics of discussion is the state budget.
But, on the national level, First District Congressman Tim Scott has sat down with US Speaker of the House John Boehner to talk about the budget.
I told Speaker Boehner that the bottom line is America is frustrated with the spending patterns of Washington, I’m not going to be a part of the problem, I’m going to be a part of the solution, which means if we don’t have a budget that makes sense, we don’t vote for it.
Scott says he knows what needs to be done.
I’m a guy that’s focused on one thing and that is finding ways to cut spending on the short-term, and then the plash spending on the long-term. We’ve got a fight right now on the short-term spending, which is only about 15 percent of the overall budget, which is that on the table right now.
Scott says the continuing resolution, short-term spending will last just through the rest of this year, but the real fight–
Isn’t over the continuing resolution because that only controls only about less than a third of the overall budget. The real fight starts in April over the 2012 budget when everything is on the table to include the entitlements. Right now we cannot even touch the entitlements.
Scott says as opposed to what he says some liberals may think–money doesn’t really grow on trees.
The tree must be planted in the back of a Democrat’s yard because I can’t find it in my yard. What we have to do is we have to recognize there’s no such thing as federal money. There’s the people’s money. There’s Tim’s money and Nick’s money.
Scott says all sides need to come together to find an objective in prioritizing where and how the government spends money. He says it can be done.