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A View from the Altar / A shameful joke
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A shameful joke

The Republicans in Congress, reinforced with battalions of angry-white-male-bitter-clingers from the Tea Party, have proposed a budget that trims $61 billion from discretionary spending.  Cue a picture of Carrie Nation with axe in hand hacking down Washington’s saloon of spending, flinging her torch into dank rivers of demon rum, leaving streets graveled with glass and bright with flame.

Now back to reality.  Total federal expenditures this year are projected to be around $3.8 to $4 trillion. The proposed spending cuts are 1.6 percent of that total.  Check the fine print.  The cuts address discretionary spending. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will actually increase this year by 10 to 11 percent.  So despite the cuts, total federal spending is actually going up —  way up — in 2011 beyond the already-disastrous 2010 levels.  Federal borrowing will burgeon to $1.6 trillion, or 42 percent of the whole budget.

Only in Washington could a huge spending hike be portrayed as a budget slashing Armageddon won through fire and righteousness by the avenging hosts of Tea Party heaven.

They are simply not serious about the coming economic catastrophe. God grant us wise and sober men.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

One Comment

  1. Ole Rocker

    Cuts aren’t enough. But total recovery will probably never happen in this age anyway short of a total upheaval of all things as we know them to be right now.

    Posted on 14-Mar-11 at 9:08 am | Permalink

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