Raw Deal on the Budget

by Ryan on April 9, 2011

in Economy,Politics,Stupid government

The government didn’t shut down last night, but this morning I don’t feel any better.  In fact, I feel worse about the future prospects for a serious conversation and action on the crippling levels of government spending we cannot maintain yet continue to be engaged in.

So, with $38.5 billion in cuts (allegedly saving the taxpayers $500 billion over ten years), this deal ends the budget battle until the next fiscal year, beginning October 1.  There are still some battles to fight — the debt limit will need raising, plus the 2012 Ryan budget outline will cause untold apoplectic fits from the Dems over the next few months.

In the meantime, NPR, Planned Parenthood, the EPA, PBS, and over a trillion dollars in potential deficits still remain in tact.  Oh, an add a $2 billion cut in the military budget, even though we’ve just started a third front in the Mideast (by the way, Mr. Speaker, fyi- brinkmanship with troop pay on the table isn’t cool).

If you do the math, $38.5 billion into a $1.65 trillion deficit means that we stand up and cheer for a historic, hard-fought victory for slashing a whopping 2.3% of the deficit, let alone the actual budget!  And we’re supposed to celebrate some kind of victory this morning?  Forgive me if I haven’t grabbed my party hat yet.

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