Wyoming Republican: Follow Our Bad Ideas!

May 27, 2010 5:23 pm ET — Alan Pyke

During a colloquy with Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) on Wednesday night, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) proposed her remedy for our economic woes.

Rep. Lummis' experience in Wyoming state government apparently taught her to accept boom and bust cycles as an unavoidable occurrence, and to respond to them with woozily unpredictable government investment. "When we have money we have invested in the University of Wyoming, invested in the bricks and mortar of our K-12 system," Lummis said. "And yet when we have to tighten our belts, we do it across the board."

Then in the next breath, Lummis admitted that laying such unsteady, reactionary hands on the economic tiller isn't such a great idea. Watch:

"And, y'know, I-- it's not the best way to budget, we in Wyoming acknowledge that it's not the best way to budget. But I do believe that if we could cut spending across the board-- domestic spending that is-- we would have an opportunity to reduce those expenditures. But I would also acknowledge that without addressing the entitlement situation we can never get a handle on our budget concerns. And that is why I commend to the attention of everyone within earshot a plan that was developed by Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican member of the Budget Committee." 

So we should do something Rep. Lummis calls "not the best way to budget," because she's pretty sure that if we cut spending, then "we would have an opportunity to reduce" spending.

That dazzling bit of logic is why, Lummis says, we all ought to support Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his American Roadmap -- a grab bag of Bush and McCain economic policies that includes a decade-long freeze on all domestic spending.

It's all nonsense economics from a party so bereft of ideas that it's asking the internet to write its party platform.