Saturday, September 18

The Grover Norquist of spending cuts


“Milton Friedman said the true cost of government is what we spend, not what we tax. We ultimately have to pay for this,” says Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending and former director of fundraising for Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign. “If we’re not paying for it now, we’ll pay for it tomorrow.”

The non-partisan coalition encourages politicians to sign a pledge agreeing to consider all spending open for reduction, including defense and entitlements. Politicians who sign the pledge also promise to vote against any spending increase unless it’s offset by spending cuts. Thirty-nine candidates for federal office have already signed the pledge; among them are Ted Cruz (R-Fla), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), and Doug Collins (R-Ga.).

Bydlak sat down with Reason’s Nick Gillespie to discuss the group, the growing problem of government spending, and which big ticket items should be cut.

For more, see Coalition to Reduce Spending.