Since the Federal Government uses baseline budgeting there really is no cut in spending, just a deduction in what each department was to get...as Nathan points out.
That is one reason why conservatives are still upset. We are broke and yet we are still spending at astronomical levels.
Say Dept A was to get a 5% increase in its budget for this fiscal year..and now its only a 2.5% increase. The Feds call that a cut in spending. :)
Rand Paul's Hair is named after Jack Hunter?
What's the deal with Rand Paul's hair, Jack Hunter?
There seems to be a lot of complaining from conservatives, who should be happy with any spending cuts. They keep saying that the cuts are not smart, but each department gets to decide on its own how to implement these cuts. That there is not nearly as much fat in the budget as people thought should be dawning on people around now. These are real cuts, and the pain will be real. Cut more, more pain. There is not nearly as much wasteful spending as people think, and most of the waste is someone's pork, and probably being shielded from the cuts. Enjoy paying the same high taxes but getting less and less for your money...because that is the future that is being laid before you.
Obama ordered the MIlitary to cut those funds for the military education. not the DOD. wise up!
Obama lied again, and was called on it . Now he is only cutting those areas where the regular folks will feel the pain the most. And now he has called for the cutting of education funding for the vets to be stopped, but let the illegals get free support from the tax payers for education.
In the end what we're looking at is that they are making cuts NOW based on the fact they won't be able to spend EVEN MORE in the future. That's like me making $50,000 and cutting back on my grocery budget because my annual raise was only 2.3% instead of 5%. I'm still making $50,000 +2.3%. why am I cutting back on anything simply because I didn't get the additional 2.7%? I can tell you why. Politics. It's playacting smoke and mirrors. DoD was able to choose their cuts(even though in reality they're still getting as much money as they were before, just not as much as they wanted to get in the future), so why is it they chose to cut tuition assistance instead of maybe buying fewer bombs? Because if they bought fewer bombs, no one would care. Same with the White House shutting down self-guided tours. There are other cuts they could've made(even though they didn't have to make any), but they aimed for cuts that they perceived as having the most impact to people that they could then use to foment for support.
It's a game they're playing, and too many folks are buying in.
Please keep in mind that government military spending is often concentrated in certain communities, so you can argue what percent a cut it is, but practically speaking it will be a devistatin cut in some
Places and will barely register in others. While I do think we can find ways to reduce military spending, seeing hard-working folks get 20% pay cuts or laid off
because folks in Washigton can't agree is not the best way to do it.
Baffle 'em with bullshit Krauthammer is at it again. If we are going to compare to the GDP, which is predicted to be around 17 trillion dollars this year, the military budget of 800 billion is only 4.7 percent.
If the deficit is as projected this year, 845 billion, it is only 4.9 percent.
How about some numbers that make sense? If the sequester is 70 billion; and the deficit is 845 billion, than it is a whopping 8.28 percent reduction.
A half-cent sales tax increase should fix everything..
If you don't believe the deficit is shrinking under Obama you don't know how to read. Or google.
Anyone else notice how many people liked a post touting the intelligence of a member of the Nazi hierarchy?
Interesting article Betty, however whether we reached level ground in the 90s doesn't change the obvious point that Republicans have consistently dug the hole while Democrats have consistently filled the hole during their respective administrations.
You know, like Howard Dean, I'm conflicted about the sequester. I'm happy to see defense spending cut however I'd prefer the Pentagon have the flexibility to cut the programs they feel are not as essential. Will the defense cuts simply come from the "peace dividend" that will result from the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan that would have occurred in 2014 anyway? It seems ridiculous to use the same rate to cut funding from non-defense agencies like the CDC that never saw the buildup that the military had.
I'm still waiting for a member of the right-wing brain trust to explicate how spending money is worse than taking money out of the economy entirely by hiding it in offshore accounts.
Also, I had chicken last night and I'm not sure what I'm having tonight. Except beer. I know there will be beer.
Nice post Fish. Republicans and their loyalty to obscene military spending is a blatant example of cronyism. I also agree that for all their talk of "conservatism" I am not aware of any real plans for cuts offered by the GOP, not even shallow or symbolic cuts. If we get a sequester shouldn't all federal politicians pay be lowered 2.5%? It wouldn't save much money, or affect the pockets of politicians very radically, but it would be a nice symbolic act.
Medical care costs for working people are simply larceny, and tragically the stolen profits are not going to working doctors or nurses or medical professionals. The big money is in admins, bean counters, and corporations. The examples sited in your healthland report are a snowflake on the tip of an iceberg.
Since this is what Betty wants to hear it must be true. (To her).
Dems & Reps both are guilty of big spending and cronyism.
Some of you may enjoy this:
The Myth of the Clinton Surplus
Why would anyone believe that Republicans care about the debt? I mean talk about liars. Sure they whine incessantly about spending when Democrats are in office, but when THEY are in the White House, they NEVER do anything about it. The first thing Bush did when he got in office was to give the surplus away with tax cuts. He didn't say that we were going to use that money to pay down the scary national debt. The debt and spending only became issues again once Obama took office. Face the facts, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II all increased spending and budget deficits while Carter, Clinton, and Obama have all decreased spending and budget deficits. Anyone who is truly concerned about spending and the debt should support Democrats for they are the only party doing anything about it.
Another way to view this is to look at the Republican plan to cut spending. They will never say exactly what they want government to stop doing. If you want to shrink the size of government, government has to stop doing things. But the things that cost all the money (defense, SSI, Medicare) are VERY popular with the public. If Republicans actually run for office on a platform of eliminating any of these programs, they would lose (see Romney rejection of Paul Ryan plan). So they become very vague and talk about reducing "spending" which may or may not involve these programs. When pushed about what government should stop doing, the say they would eliminate "Big Bird" which would cut less than 0.00001% from the federal budget. That's not a joke. That's the real number. The joke is the Republican budget plan.
If you want to read an article that isn't really fun or little but which exposes why medical bills are so high check this very long article from Time:
It's pretty objective, pointing out why Obamacare won't work, why raising the Medicare age is a retarded idea that will raise costs, and why single payer is the best system but can never happen in the US. The fight over Obamacare should be exhibit A in the case of how Republicans put political ideology over deficit reduction and efficient government. Obama would have caved to whatever they wanted in exchange for a few votes but they chose not to even participate in crafting the most important legislation in our lifetime. They failed the American people.
Here's a fun little article
Senator Graham............ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ift7g3eHQNk
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