Last year I asked you all whether the House or Senate was the more conservative body. I had initially posited that it was the House, but several friends got me thinking about it and, having looked into it, I decided it was the Senate. This year, yet again, I’d have to say that the Senate is the conservative body and the House is the Republican body.
Keen and other House leaders, all Republican, expressed bewilderment at a left-field move by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to reject out-of-hand a $700 million spending bill to augment the current budget.
It’d be an understatement to say that Cagle’s decision to make the issue a very public matter of Republican philosophy has put them on the defensive. . . .
Republicans promised that when they were put in charge, they’d abolish supplemental spending. House Republicans, in their third year of power, haven’t done that. But Keen argues that they have made the process transparent, and raised standards for mid-year spending.
I think it speaks well of Casey that he is willing to have this debate and make it a public debate. I would also go further than him and say the spending is not needed at all and should either be put in a rainy day fund or, more appropriately, returned to the taxpayers.