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December 11, 2013
Budget hawks with broken wings
Posted by Staff

Notice the language used by the "smart folks" who struck the bipartisan budget deal on Capitol Hill. When they talk about raising spending from $967 billion to $1.012 trillion, they are not talking about the whole federal budget--only discretionary spending. This year, the government spent a total of almost $3.5 trillion, including entitlement programs and interest on the debt:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_United_States_federal_budget

But our Republican friend Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't even use the total figure anymore.  (What's an extra $2 trillion or so among pals?) His press release only uses the figure for discretionary spending:

http://budget.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=364030

I like this part from the summary on the House web page:

"The budget proposal saves $28 billion over ten years by requiring the President to sequester the same percentage of mandatory budgetary resources in 2022 and 2023 as will be sequestered in 2021 under current law."

http://budget.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bba2013summary.pdf

2022 and 2023? Yeah, that's gonna happen. How stupid do they think we are?

Heritage should ask every House Republican to sign a letter insisting on the original spending levels – and publish a list of everyone who refuses to sign.

 

12/11/13 10:29 AM
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