The Republican Party is supposed to be the party of constitutionally limited government, but the politicians who call themselves Republicans rarely match up to that ideal.
Republican politicians are far too often limited government conservatives in talk only, generically spewing rhetoric about “getting spending under control” and “reigning in government” without EVER getting into specifics about exactly what they would cut.
Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is not one of those politicians.
On Tuesday, Ted Cruz revealed the government agencies he would not just reduce, but completely eliminate. In addition to his simple, flat income tax effectively gutting the IRS as we know it, Cruz laid out his plan to abolish four “constitutionally illegitimate” government agencies, in an op-ed in National Review:
But eliminating the IRS is only the first step in my plan to break apart the federal leviathan that has ruled Washington and crept into our lives. We can’t stop there. In addition to eliminating the IRS, a Cruz administration will abolish four cabinet agencies. And we will sharply reduce the alphabet soup of government entities, beginning with the ABCs that should not exist in the first place: The Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions, and other programs that are constitutionally illegitimate and harmful to American households and businesses. It’s time to return to a federal government that abides by our constitutional framework and strips power from unelected bureaucrats.
In what may be viewed as conservative porn, Cruz lists the IRS, the Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Urban and Development (HUD) as bureaucracies that a Cruz administration would abolish.
The IRS and these cabinet agencies are unnecessary and will be shuttered for the following reasons:
- Internal Revenue Service – to dramatically simplify the tax code and enable everyone to fill out their taxes on a postcard or smartphone app.
- Department of Education – to return education to those who know our students best: parents, teachers, local communities, and states. And to block-grant education funding to the states.
- Department of Energy – to cut off the Washington cartel, stop picking winners and losers, and unleash the energy renaissance.
- Department of Commerce – to close the “congressional cookie jar” and promote free enterprise and free trade for every business.
- Department of Housing and Urban Development – to offer real solutions that lift people out of hardship, rather than trapping families in a cycle of poverty, and to empower hurting Americans by reforming most of the remaining programs, such as Section 8 housing.
Additionally, Cruz promises to also “sharply reduce the agencies, bureaus, commissions, and other programs that are harming American households and businesses,” implement a hiring freeze of federal civilian employees, and enact a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Politicians rarely get specific on the exact cuts they would make in our gargantuan government, as it put them in the crosshairs of the political ruling class in both parties, as well as under attack from the corrupt big media. It’s refreshing to see a candidate who has no fear of such retaliation.