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House GOP Uses Gimmick To Achieve $100 Billion In Cuts
NPR ^ | Feb 15, 2011 | FRANK JAMES

Posted on 02/19/2011 8:32:14 PM PST by JimWayne

So to get to $100 billion, House Republicans are using a gimmick. They're measuring their cuts not against the actual level of spending.

What they're doing instead is cutting against the airy fairy numbers in President Obama's proposed fiscal 2011 budget.

That budget was never passed. It might as well be a unicorn because it doesn't really exist.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; pledge
This is from NPR and so they will attack the GOP, but since the GOP is going back on their Pledge, I thought it might be worth posting even though it is from NPR.
1 posted on 02/19/2011 8:32:14 PM PST by JimWayne
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To: JimWayne

So even NPR is calling the Obama idea of a budget unrealistic.


2 posted on 02/19/2011 8:34:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Liberals ridiculing the Obama budget. I thought I’d never see it happen!


3 posted on 02/19/2011 8:37:45 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: JimWayne

They should cut the $100 billion from the FY 2008 budget. Hey NPR there isn’t any bidget to cut.


4 posted on 02/19/2011 8:38:14 PM PST by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: JimWayne

what’s our annual deficit? $1.4T? That’s what we need to shoot for. Not a measly 100B.


5 posted on 02/19/2011 8:39:11 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: JimWayne
They are just doing reverse-baseline budgeting to pad their spending cuts, the same way the Democrats have always done to demagogue spending cuts.
6 posted on 02/19/2011 8:39:30 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: goldstategop

POTUS Obama is toast, and most liberals, even the nutcases, know he is taking the labor union movement down with him. He is certainly about to cause the destruction of the Democrat Party in the 2012 election. I hope the Democrat party and the labor unions see the handwriting on the wall and grasp its reality. Otherwise, they will flush down the toilet along with Obama and his hate America minions. The Dems should force obama to resign right now or impeach him. It’ll save their political butts!!!


7 posted on 02/19/2011 8:42:45 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: JimWayne
the airy fairy numbers in President Obama's proposed fiscal 2011 budget. That budget was never passed. It might as well be a unicorn because it doesn't really exist. "airy fairy" Wow!
8 posted on 02/19/2011 8:43:09 PM PST by ColdOne (2012 the END of an ERROR!)
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To: JimWayne
Wow. NPR daring the GOP to cut deeper. Who da thunk it?
9 posted on 02/19/2011 8:43:36 PM PST by Timmy
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To: JimWayne
RE :"Instead, it comes from the roughly 12 percent of the budget, $450 billion give or take, that represents discretionary spending. (The rest is mandatory spending like entitlements or interest payments on the federal debt. Or it's defense spending.) So to get to $100 billion, House Republicans are using a gimmick. They're measuring their cuts not against the actual level of spending"

On the other hand Democrats will do everything in their power to stop even these lesser cuts, and may be successful. They want to see even more cuts that they will block and attack politically?

10 posted on 02/19/2011 8:44:43 PM PST by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: JimWayne

I often wonder whether progressives consider NPR to be part of their wonderful “independent media” in spite of all the government funding it gets. In any case, if Republicans were to use fewer gimmicks than in this budget or any budget the Democrats have proposed since 2006, the NPR would be fifty four times as critical about that budget. GOP, you’re making NPR nervous. That’s not enough. Make them howl.


11 posted on 02/19/2011 8:45:16 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: JimWayne

The freaks down at NPR seem to be getting a little testy towards the GOP. ROTFL! Frankie better start updating his curriculum vitae. Good luck Frankie.


12 posted on 02/19/2011 8:45:54 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: GodfearingTexan
what’s our annual deficit? $1.4T? That’s what we need to shoot for. Not a measly 100B.

I agree but the point is that the GOP's Pledge has the 100B number written into it and GOP is unable to get to even that number.

13 posted on 02/19/2011 8:49:12 PM PST by JimWayne
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To: GodfearingTexan
what’s our annual deficit? $1.4T? That’s what we need to shoot for. Not a measly 100B.

Agreed!

14 posted on 02/19/2011 8:51:10 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: JimWayne

The GOP pledged to reduce the 2011 Budget by $100 billion, the only 2011 budget that exists is Obama’s Budget. What are they supposed to measure budget changes against?

As for the GOP failure to cut $ trillions out of the budget, the vast majority of that is either interest payments, which must be paid to avoid default, or entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid). Yes, they should cut entitlements, but it is political dynamite, which must be handled with care.


15 posted on 02/19/2011 9:06:35 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
The GOP pledged to reduce the 2011 Budget by $100 billion, the only 2011 budget that exists is Obama’s Budget.

Sorry, you are wrong. The exact wording of their pledge is as follows:

With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre- stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to begin paying down the debt, balancing the budget, and ending the spending spree in Washington that threatens our children’s future.

16 posted on 02/19/2011 9:47:36 PM PST by JimWayne
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To: JimWayne; All

I don’t believe the GOP is going back on their $100Billion pledge.

The GOP wanted to cut 100 billion from nobama’s budget as it existed at the beginning of this fiscal year, Oct 1, 2010.

However, that budget never got passed. Instead, a series of Continuing Resolutions have been passed to keep the government afloat.

If you prorate nobama’s budget that never got passed through the end of this fiscal year (Sept 30, 7 months), the 100 billion is reduced to 65 billion.

The GOP did what they said they would do.


17 posted on 02/19/2011 10:00:10 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: upchuck; JimWayne
The GOP did what they said they would do.

And the best part is yet to come...

We have yet to see how they'll play the Continuing Resolution on the debt ceiling.

And we have yet to see what they'll cut out of the FYE 2012 budget.

So far, so good.

18 posted on 02/19/2011 10:04:28 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: JimWayne

Btt


19 posted on 02/19/2011 11:08:57 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: upchuck

I see you have a truck load of grape cool aide already. Enjoy!!!


20 posted on 02/20/2011 1:41:00 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: JimWayne

Did NPR mentioned the Democrats want to veto it because it’s too extreme?


21 posted on 02/20/2011 3:32:31 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: upchuck
If you have to "explain" it away, the $65 billion is just spun lies.

They promised "at least $100 billion" in the first year and it isn't happening. Any way you look at it, they're $35 billion short! The leadership need to keep the promise or get out of the way for those who will.

22 posted on 02/20/2011 3:55:28 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: JimWayne
Airy fairy?


23 posted on 02/20/2011 4:07:17 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: JimWayne
I thought it might be worth posting even though it is from NPR.

It certainly is worth posting. We've been sold out -- again.

24 posted on 02/20/2011 4:34:41 AM PST by BfloGuy
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To: JimWayne

I have been reading all these numbers from all these sources...when you are fighting a war, and your army is in full retreat, the only way to reverse this is to stop and stand your ground. Then, you can muster and attack...we need to, at a minimum, stand the ground. This means, at a minimun, not one dime more is to be spent than last year...forget inflation, cost of living, and all that other crap. I only want to see 2 numbers...what was the money spent last year, and what is being spent this year...no fancy accounting tricks, just somebody give me those 2 numbers.. then and only then will the truth be known...

If there is really 100 billion less being spent this year than last, then kudo’s to the house for doing more than just standing ground..If the numbers do not jive, then give ‘em hell


25 posted on 02/20/2011 5:12:37 AM PST by joe fonebone (The House has oversight of the Judiciary...why are the rogue judges not being impeached?)
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