Skip to comments.On Those “Draconian” Spending Cuts
Posted on 02/08/2011 1:48:29 PM PST by mdittmar
Last week, House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) outlined $58 billion in non-security domestic spending cuts. Within hours, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) attacked the proposal calling it unworkable and even more draconian than we originally anticipated. But these outcries were hardly unexpected considering Washingtons spending addiction. As National Reviews Rich Lowry commented in his column this morning, There is a complicated mathematical symbol practically unknown to the House Appropriations Committee. Its called the minus sign.
In response to these outcries, Matthias Shapiro, the creator of Obama Budget Cuts Visualization and The National Debt Road Trip videos, has created another new video which puts this hysteria into perspective.
But while we can be assured that this and all efforts to curb governments growth will be met by fierce opposition, that should not discourage legislators from moving forward. As we noted last week, much more spending reductions and fundamental entitlement reform will be necessary for our country to regain its fiscal health.
$58 billion is only about 5% of the deficit. It’s NOTHING! LITERALLY!
I once asked a Pol who used the term “Draconian Cuts” who Draco was. She said it’s a term, not a person.
About the size of a bee mite on an elephants ass.
A good start would be to defund entire agencies like the FCC and EPA, cut all support of NPR and get rid of farm subsidies especially ethanol.
Barry want’s to spend $58 billion on choo choo trains. Why is $50 billion a draconian cut but $58 billion is not a draconian spending increase?
Deficit is expected to be $1,500 billion. Cuts in this time of national crisis seem to hit the extreme pain level at 3.8% of the deficit and and 1.8% of the total budget.
Did you educate her about the Athenian lawmaker Draco?
NPR should be the test case. There is no reason to borrow money to support Yet Another Television Station (YATS).
No, she gave me the hand and walked away before I could.
They said his laws were “written in blood”. He lamented that there were no lesser penalties for lesser crimes.
Also he had dragon breath.
Or as Draco would say uttepboan yia tous onuywyous.
“Its NOTHING! LITERALLY!”
Well, not “literally.”
Literally if you round off.
“She said its a term, not a person.”
I always thought that guy got a raw deal. For your name to drift into common parlance as synonymous with “severe,” “mean,” and “cruel,” you’d think you’d have done something to deserve it. Like kill your brother or drown an entire city. All he did (legendarily) was deliver Athens from an age of Might Makes Right, “woe to the conquered,” and blood feuds to the Rule of Law. How dare he!
$58 billion is a joke. If we can’t cut $100 billion this year we are doomed. What is the frickin issue??? We ramped up spending by a TRILLION dollars over the past two years. Why cant it be cut by a Trillion dollars over the next two or three years? Someone needs to explain that or I’ll be voting out the incumbent every time I vote from now on until these morons get it. And they have the nerve to mock the Tea Party or claim the Tea Party is “extreme.” I wonder if they are so stupid that they don’t realize that spending has to be cut.
“They said his laws were ‘written in blood’”
They would say that, wouldn’t they? People love to exaggerate.
I wonder how people punished eachother before Draco wrote things down. Probably with gentle tsk-tsks, conciliatory embraces, and campfire songs. /s
“Literally if you round off.”
Why would I do that?
You’re very literal aren’t you.
i think we will definately need a another round of layoffs in 2012, might have to toss out some of the new supposed tea party members....really, bringing 58 billion to the table..ARE YOU SERIOUS geez how about some REAL cuts.