Picked up from Delawareonline
After the congressional Super Committee failed last week to come up with $1.2 trillion in cuts to the debt-ridden federal budget, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper remains committed to reducing the nation’s deficit spending somehow.
Carper told a group of farmers on Monday that Congress should adopt the Bowles-Simpson plan to reduce deficit spending by $4 trillion over the next decade with $3 of spending cuts for every $1 of new tax revenue.
“The best jobs bill we could have is a bipartisan deficit reduction package,” Carper said at a Delaware Farm Bureau meeting at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.
Carper, a Democrat who is up for re-election next year, cited an example of wasteful spending he’s found in the Defense budget in which the Pentagon spends eight times the cost of parts for certain helicopters.
“We’ve got to be smarter than that,” Carper said. “What we need to do is change the culture of the federal government from a culture of spend thrift to a culture of thrift.”
But the on-going spending impasse between Congress and President Barack Obama had clearly irked some farmers attending the breakfast with Delaware’s senior senator.
“Quite frankly, you’re ruining America for our kids and grandkids,” Delmar farmer Herb Wright told Carper.