UK budget cuts as a lesson: Could our congress stomach making cuts like these? 

The UK Coalition government has announced its emergency budget today, just a few days before the parliamentary recess kicks off and MPs head home for their summer break. The members of Parliament will head home into the face of special interest decrying the new UK budget. Those who are members of the governing coalition party will be dreading their summer constituency mail-bag.

Those looking for fiscal prudence, like the UK tea party rallying near Parliament today, will have much to be pleased about. Although raising VAT to 20% from the previous 17.4% will hurt everyone very hard, there are tax and spending cuts galore.

Its hard to believe that the US President and Congress would even suggest freezing government employee wages for the next two years, but the Coalition has done just that. They have announced 25% budget cuts for all government departments which will shock many in government.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, warned civil servants to brace themselves for £17 billion in cuts on top of the £44 billion which had already been announced by the last Labour Government.”

As one financial journalist put it to me after examining the budget announcements.

“it comes to something when the UK government is far more pro-free market than the US” according to Tom Burroughes, Editor of WealthBriefing, a UK-based journalist covering the private banking industry.

Considering the government in the UK is made up the Conservatives and the center-left Liberal Democrats such a stiff budget could be seen as quite a surprise.

One can only speculate if a mixed Republican and Democrat dominated House and Senate would be able to stomach such stiff cuts. The tea party movement should be looking to the new UK budget with approval and admiration. Would any American national politician dare to propose such brave cuts to lower the deficit and decrease spending?

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Andrew Ian Dodge

Andrew Ian Dodge is a 40 something writer, consultant and rocker. He married Kim in 2007 and is busy working on writing projects with her including several novels and lyrics/singing for Growing Old Disgracefully. He is author of the political techno thriller "And Glory". He writes for his own blog more
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