Take a look at and look over the Federal Budget. Note in particular two items.

  • We anticipate spending 3,819 billion dollars in fiscal year 2011.
  • Our projected deficit in fiscal year 2011 will be 1,645 billion dollars. 

Then consider what Democrat and Republican budget hawks are arguing about.

A leading Democrat predicted Sunday that the Senate would reject House Republicans’ deep budget cuts, setting up tense negotiations and the need for another short-term spending measure to keep the government operating.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, contended that Republicans were unfairly and unwisely placing the burden of spending cuts on domestic programs.

“I’m willing to see more deficit reduction, but not out of domestic discretionary spending,” Durbin said. (from here)

What do Senate Democrats consider drastic? That number is 6.5 billion dollars.

How about Republicans? 

Republicans said they haven’t seen any commitment from the White House to talk about entitlement spending, which is the big driver of long-term deficits.

“I’ve had plenty of conversations with them. What I don’t see now is any willingness to do anything that’s difficult,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” program. “So far, I don’t see the level of seriousness that we need.” (from here)

With a statement like that, Republicans must be serious, right? Well, House Republicans want to cut 61 billion from this year’s budget. That would represent a 1.6 percent cut. If this is the best the Republican leadership can start with — as a negotiating position — they are not very serious.

They are going to shut down the government over this. Of course not. In fact, even what they call a government shutdown involves considerable fakery (see Social Security is safe in a federal shutdown). The bottom line is that they send nonessential personnel home, people we can do without for at least a couple of weeks.

These people take us for fools. This is all for show.

Tempest in a teapot

A small or unimportant event that is over-reacted to, as if it were of considerably more consequence.

If we want to cut spending and balance the budget, we need to replace more people, including Republicans. Otherwise, we will impoverish our country.



  1. You got that right CT. Another blog author posited today, that The GOP in the house should start the cuts at the 700 billion mark and settle for 350 billion in cuts. Now something like that would make people sit up and take notice.



  2. Eric the 1/2 troll


    I agree with you assessment here. They should stop discussing the something like 11% of the budget (non-military discretionary spending). Heck let it go through fully funded for all I care. It is NOT the problem. Entitlements need to be reformed (you and I might – no will – disagree on HOW to refrom them but they DO need to be reformed). They (in their current state) are the real threat.


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  4. Discouragement is a big problem, but there is a good way to deal with it. That is to do what you just did for me. Let your neighbors know that:

    • They are not alone. Most people want government spending brought under control.
    • You regard budgeting as one of the primary responsibilities of our elected officials.
    • You will not vote for politician unless he or she is willing to cut spending to balance our government’s budget.


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