Correction: it was inaccurately reported that Colorado Springs Rep. Doug Lamborn has offered to cut his annual pay by 10 percent in order to balance the federal budget when it was in fact Rep. Mike Coffman who pledged to do so. The Collegian regrets its errors.
As a new legislature comes into session this year, the fad has been to talk about how to cut the $1.27 trillion national deficit.
Our very own Rep. Cory Gardner (R, D-4) wants to reroute any unspent stimulus money, leaving unfinished construction projects across the country.
Republican Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez wants to cut down regulation on food and healthcare, potentially bringing the country back to the days predating Upton Sinclairâ€™s â€œThe Jungle.â€
And Rep. Doug Lamborn (R, Colorado Springs) wants to cut his salary from $174,000 to $156,600. Itâ€™s a nice gesture but a meaningless one.
These Colorado republicans seem to have been quick to jump on the bandwagon of cutting money from civil necessities rather than from defense, Social Security, Medicare and MedicaidÂ that together cost the federal government $2.41 trillion. Compare this to the $2.57 trillion in federal revenue generated by taxes, duties and more.
These representatives rode into office in November on a wave of campaign promises to balance the budget. Now that theyâ€™ve arrived, there is talk of â€œplaying hardball,â€ yet no serious talk of cutting the big four.
Without cutting spending from these areas, only $157 billion would remain in a balanced budget. America then comes up with empty pockets to cover the $251 billion it owes in interest to nations abroad.
While cutting from the big four could mean political suicide for many representatives, all parties involved must understand that America canâ€™t continue spending what it has on entitlement programs and the military if the country is going to be around for future generations.