After the 2010 election there were a number of people who were counting the new republican legislature out before it even got started.
They said it did not have the experience, it couldn’t balance the budget without raising taxes and its caucus would be a captive of its “extremist” elements. And there was no way they could do a budget as fast as they said they would.
What a difference a few days can make. In two short days not only did the house pass a budget but it did it while allowing robust debate and votes on every amendment presented. They kept their promise and did it without raising taxes and most importantly, in the two required votes, they secured a bipartisan veto proof majority for passage!
While there are parts of the house budget that I would change, NO ONE can argue with their success. In record time, with no tax increase and in the face of overwhelming criticism from the press and liberal advocacy groups they did what conventional wisdom said they could not do.
While the budget process still has a way to go, today the House GOP leadership proved that they can play in the big leagues.
They have been pushing hard since January and will be back at work on May 5th but today they showed doubters that they are for real and not to be underestimated. They have proven they are more than up to the task of governing.
Just as importantly, they did it while keeping their campaign promises. Not raising taxes and balancing the budget with bipartisan support will send the liberal left groups into a rage – and for that I am thankful.