Conservatives’ spending pledge

All I can say is thank God for people like U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

House and Senate conservatives rallied Wednesday around a pledge to vote against any debt-ceiling increase that fails to include enforceable reductions in the size of the federal government. The “Cut, Cap, Balance” pledge to put Uncle Sam on a diet includes cuts in outlays, caps on future spending authority and passage of a balanced-budget amendment that would limit taxing and spending.

The first day’s effort has been encouraging. Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, has 10 colleagues on board. He’ll need another 30 to block a bad deal.

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