First, Republicans should offset any new spending and eliminate waste.

Paying for new spending instead of borrowing is a potent economic and political argument that is at the heart of the tea party movement. The American people understand that the debate about spending is about national survival. It’s time for Republicans to get serious about cutting wasteful Washington spending and ending the establishment’s fetish for borrowing.

Here. Huh? Offset new spending? That leaves spending at the status quo — which is too high. Spending must be cut, which will reduce the size of the budget. Ending wasteful spending is nice, but there is too much wiggle room. What is wasteful? Is Social Security? How much can be saved by stopping earmarks? It helps but not much.

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