The Grover Norquist of Spending Cuts: Jonathan Bydlak and the Coalition to Reduce Spending

"Milton Friedman said the true cost of government is what we spend, not what we tax. We ultimately have to pay for this," says Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending and former director of fundraising for Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign. "If we're not paying for it now, we'll pay for it tomorrow."

The non-partisan coalition encourages politicians to sign a pledge agreeing to consider all spending open for reduction, including defense and entitlements. Politicians who sign the pledge also promise to vote against any spending increase unless it's offset by spending cuts. Thirty-nine candidates for federal office have already signed the pledge; among them are Ted Cruz (R-Fla), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), and Doug Collins (R-Ga.). 

Bydlak sat down with Reason's Nick Gillespie to discuss the group, the growing problem of government spending, and which big ticket items should be cut. 

About 13 minutes. Shot by Joshua Swain and Amanda Winkler. Produced by Winkler. 

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  • Dweebston||

    "If we're not paying for it now, we'll pay for it tomorrow."

    I'm going to stop you right there, Jon. We call that a feature, not a bug.

  • sinclairs||

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  • LTC(ret) John||

    "Coalition to Reduce Spending"

    PLEASE tell me their motto is "No, fuck you, cut spending!"

  • JWatts||

    And in completely unrelated news:

    Some Democrats in Denial Over Debt Crisis

    And then there are the other Democrats — the ones who reject the entire premise of the current high-stakes fiscal fight. There’s no short-term deficit problem, they say, and there isn’t even an urgent debt crisis that requires immediate attention.

  • yonemoto||

    if the democrats actually cared about the less fortunate, they would notice that interest payments are a wealth transfer mechanism that largely go to furren countries, the 1%, and a handful of fatcats sitting on top of pension funds and the like.

  • yonemoto||


  • yonemoto||

    There is a concrete and moral line to determine how much a government should spend, that is independent of normative ideas of what what government should or shouldn't do: Not a penny more that what it has in its treasury through previous taxation. How is this so hard?

  • Loki||

    Ted Cruz (R-Fla)

    Isn't Ted Cruz from Texas?

  • sam the man||

    Maybe they got him confused with Rubio

  • DrAwkward||

    Wait, wasn't the Rogoff study recently shown to be flawed?

  • yonemoto||


  • yonemoto||

    (this is why libertarians can't have nice things)

  • Bramblyspam||

    On the bright side, at least Rogoff knows how to play chess!

  • DrAwkward||

    As someone who is trying to improve his chess, this is both exciting and disappointing.

  • ||

    One _big_ benefit of actually cutting spending: takes the need for tax increases off the table.

  • Emily Oliver||

    The silence of the powers that be on this matter is deafening… We need to go back to grass roots, and recreate jobs at a local level. For example, some counties in the US have countered deficit problems and created new jobs by engaging the services of the Orlando Bisegna Index, specialists in the economic crisis. From little acorns great oaks grow. There’s no reason why a successful local approach could not be appplied on a regional or even national scale.

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