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Posted at 6:34 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Cantor the hawk -- except in his own back yard

By Patrick Dozier, Washington

The Jan. 24 front-page story "Obama and GOP clash on spending" reported that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and leaders in his chamber "plan to immediately pursue the deep cuts they promised in last fall's campaign." Mr. Cantor added that "every dollar should be on the table."

Mr. Cantor's recent opposition to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's decision to close the Joint Forces Command leads one to wonder: Is it just every dollar not spent in Virgina that should be on the table?

By Patrick Dozier, Washington  | January 26, 2011; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  Va. Politics, Virginia, economy, military  
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And Cantor has yet to walk the talk of cuts for his compensation as a Member. If he walked the talk, he would voluntarily reduce his total Federal compensation (salary plus the government's contribution to fringe benefits) to that for 2008 or 2006 or by 20 or 30% -- whatever is his target for the cuts in discretionary spending.

He could also reduce the budget for his office and the compensation for his staff in the same way.

I'm looking for such leadership in walking the talk.

Looking.

Looking.

Looking.

A welcome addition to such a cut in personal and in office costs would be to enter into an enforceable contract to retain these reductions until there is (a) full employment across the U.S. and in every segment of the population AND (b) the budget is balanced -- all expenses, including interest, fully paid, and the debt reduced by at least one dollar. This would link compensation to performance -- a practice for executives of corporations. If it's good for big business, it's good for Members.

Note: Full employment comes first as a matter of public welfare and because full employment will result in a meaningful increase in revenue and a meaningful reduction in expenditures.

Note: There needs to be an enforceable contract for the above. Violation should mean resignation from office. The GOP Members who "signed" on to the Contract with America gave their word to adhere to term limits, but only one, J. C. Watts, kept his sacred word. Dozens of others, including the current Speaker of the House, broke their word, demonstrating that their word is worthless. They could make good on their word now by resigning. Late, but ... what an impact putting adherence to one's sacred word before personal political ambition and benefits could have.

Looking.

Looking.

Looking for GOP keepers of their word.


OVERALL Score Card:

Voluntarily taking the cut that they are advocating for government: ZERO

Cutting the expenses of their office and the compensation for their staff by the amount they are advocating for government. ZERO.

Entering into an enforceable contract to stay at these levels until there is full employment and the budget is balanced. ZERO.

Keeping their word on term limits. ONE -- J.C. Watts.


Assessment:
The GOP -- not a party that leads by example. Not a party that can be trusted.

Posted by: jimb | January 27, 2011 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Cantor, who is referred to as " AIPAC's errand boy " says he opposes foreign aid but not aid to apartheid Israel, even though Israel is the largest recipient at $3 billion yearly. Cantor told Israeli PM Netanyahu that he would see to it that Congress continued to place Israel's interests ahead of America's. He is a phony Zionist with loyalty to Israel, not the U.S.

Posted by: raygordon2008 | January 27, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

In fairness to Eric Cantor, he DID vote against improved health care for the people who responded to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which included a number of Virginians, and he DID also vote against improved health care and other services for members of the Armed Forces, their families, and "wounded warriors." Because tax cuts -- which actually DO remove government resources -- for the banksters who trashed our economy and for the corporate executives who send American jobs overseas are MUCH more important.

Posted by: edallan | January 27, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Eric "The GOP NIMBY" Cantor.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 27, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cantor is a disgusting little weasel, and this is just one of his many hypocracies. My own favorite: he votes to deny healthcare to all Ametricans, includingh 9-11 responders, but keeps his own gold-plated, government-paid care.

Posted by: kstack | January 27, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cantor is a disgusting little weasel, and this is just one of his many hypocracies. My own favorite: he votes to deny healthcare to all Ametricans, includingh 9-11 responders, but keeps his own gold-plated, government-paid care.

Posted by: kstack | January 27, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

He is protecting spending in his 'back yard' (understandable though hypocritical) and let us not forget spending for Israel.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | January 27, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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