Idaho politics: LeFavour says Simpson contributes to budget impasse

A day after Rep. Mike Simpson opposed a stopgap spending plan to keep federal agencies in business, Democratic challenger Nicole LeFavour accused Simpson and Republicans of politicizing the budget crisis.

Said LeFavour, a Boise state senator, "Like many, I fear Congress these past two years has delayed addressing real economic issues in the interest of keeping the economy down until after the November election. Essentially they have played politics with American lives. This sort of partisanship has decimated jobs, families, security and the values of cooperation and compassion which made this country great."

LeFavour also criticizes Simpson for supporting vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's budget plans, and for embracing a "cuts only" approach to debt reduction.

Simpson has been a leading Republican in the House's "go big" coalition, which endorses a far-reaching debt-cuting plan that could entail tax increases. So this sets up an interesting dynamic: Is this a point Simpson is likely to make in the weeks leading up to the November election?

Here's a link to my blog post on the spending plan, and Simpson's opposition.

And here is LeFavour's statement:

As a member of the House Budget Committee today voting to oppose a continuing resolution to keep from shutting every federal agency and service down, Rep. Mike Simpson does little to offer solutions to the current budget stalemate.

As a state lawmaker who has served for four years balancing Idaho budgets and dealing with fiscal crises, it seems clear to me that those offering a "cuts only" approach to eliminating the deficit and passing a budget, have created not only this impasse but in part also created our nation's continuing economic crisis.

Over the course of the past five years federal budget cuts have eliminated more than 600,000 American jobs. Congress still pays unemployment benefits to a great number of these workers. We have to ask, if job creation is the most critical key to economic recovery, why has congress not restored these jobs so those families again have full income to support their community's small businesses, American manufacturers and our nation's economy?

Like many, I fear Congress these past two years has delayed addressing real economic issues in the interest of keeping the economy down until after the November election. Essentially they have played politics with American lives. This sort of partisanship has decimated jobs, families, security and the values of cooperation and compassion which made this country great.

It is time for Congressman Simpson to do the real work of proposing a budget that takes into account that the problem with our deficit goes beyond simple government spending and has an equal amount to do with fighting two wars and refusing to roll back eight years of tax cuts that have benefited the nation's most wealthy, obviously with no positive economic affect.

Rep. Simpson has voted more than once in favor of the Ryan Budget which further decimates jobs while cutting and essentially privatizing social security and Medicare for future generations of American seniors. Paul Ryan's budget is no solution to our nation's economic problems and is not a proposal any thinking policy maker would seriously consider as a compromise to resolve the current budget impasse.

Yes, it is time for Congress to get to work and to take seriously the affect that repeated cuts have on the economy. It is time for them to look all of us in the eye and ensure for once they are not decimating jobs more quickly than America's private sector can create them.

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Aw, shucks! Simpson don't

Aw, shucks! Simpson don't want to kick the can down the road huh. We've done with a lot smaller government in the past and we need to get back to that!

It's A Fair Point

We do need to balance spending with income. There have been creative approaches to doing that before, like a war tax, but other "out of the box" ideas (regardless of where they originate) are worth considering. When we have essentially, congressmen so afraid of a non-elected czar, one Grover Nordquist, where zero flexibility exists, that's when we have problems. We need a start over with campaign financing to wean politicians from outside $$ / influence. 1 man / 1 vote. When we have politicians cowing down to those who hold the purse strings to corporate, union, whatever form of campaign financing - we're going to have problems.

I very much love LeFavour's passion for helping people, she's a very good person. I only point that out to disclose that, some need to be transparent. We don't always agree, but I don't even agree with me that much.

I've never seen a relationship / deal work if either party sits in a corner and says "I'm not going to work with you." That's how I feel about the GOP at the moment. I'm a life long R & a pretty financially conservative person (I voted for Perot). The clearest message we need to be sending to Congress is: quit your stupid partisan politics and get the heck to work. We have go to stop the obstructionism. I don't care who you vote for, but we have got to stop the obstructionism.

"Politicizing the budget crisis."

Good grief - the President can't get a single vote in favor of his budget proposals (that means no Dem voted in support of Obama) and Harry Reid won't allow another vote in the Senate. Get a grip Nicole - if you want my vote, do you homework before you open your mouth.

He's been there too long...

and as an independent voter, I cannot vote for those who have spent that many years in Congress and still have not fixed, or tried to fix anything. Then they spent the last four years trying to undo and obstruct everything... why would I vote for them this time??
Not me, I believe in term limits... I will vote for Nicole LeFavour.

Voting against Simpson isn't a bad idea,

but a vote for LeFavour isn't the answer, as she's not been effective in the Idaho House or Senate. She's a shill for a very narrow view of government, and often a single-issue candidate. Better to write your own name in.

14 years

I agree. Too long. He is officially part of the problem. So is Crapo. And many of those years with both an R president and an R Congress. And things got worse.

She's a Democrat...

they don't understand a budget.

She has not helped balance our state budget....

she voted against every budget presented to the legislature because it was never enough for her pet projects. She is only running aganist Rep.Simpson to get name identification to run for state office in 2014.