It turns out that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who has gone over the heads of the GOP leadership in a whole host of ways — notably her recent State of the Union rebuttal address — has also touched a serious third rail with her own budget proposal: Freezes and cuts to veterans’ benefits.
The Army Times reports:
Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has unveiled a plan for cutting $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing Veterans Affairs Department health care spending and cutting veterans’ disability benefits.
Her proposed VA budget cuts would account for $4.5 billion of the savings included in the plan, posted on her official House of Representatives website.
In a statement, Bachmann said her plan is intended for discussion purposes as an example of ways to cut federal spending to make it unnecessary to increase the current $14.3 trillion limit on the amount the U.S. government can borrow.
Wow. When she says she doesn’t like government-run health care…she really means it!
I have e-mailed the GOP leadership for comment. Let’s see if they even want to touch this one.
Late Update: The offices of both Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) have declined to comment.