DeLay v. Washington Times
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.On Lou Dobbs tonight, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said that DeLay had told him the quotes weren't his. Lou Dobbs laughed and asked "Whose are they?"
Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add to this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn't seem possible.
"My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet," the Texas Republican told reporters at his weekly briefing.
Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."
Coburn suggested they may have been fabricated.
I think everyone should call the Washington Times -- 202.636.3000 -- and ask if Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan stand behind their story.
Then pop some popcorn and watch the fun!