Cutting Spending (Republican Style)…..

There is an article in the Christian Science Monitor (see the link at the bottom of the post)  about how the Republicans want to cut spending on the federal budget. When Mr. Bush was in office and borrowing hundreds of billions of off budget dollars to fund his wars there was not a squeak from any of them. They suddenly got religion after the fact I guess. I wonder if it has anything to do with a Democrat now holding the White House???   Anyway, here is an excerpt from the article.

One of the plans is the measure passed by House Republicans, which cuts nearly $62 billion from fiscal 2010 levels. It’s also $100 billion less than President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget proposal. The GOP measure makes cuts in virtually all elements of nondefense, discretionary spending.

I applaud budgetary constraints, but how they get there is very troubling! The Republicans are proposing taking it all out of “nondefense”. There is something terribly wrong with this.  The military budget currently makes up 60% of the discretionary spending and is not taking any of the hit in budget tightening? Military spending has doubled in less than eight years where the rest of discretionary spending has only gone up a fraction of that.  But their view is that all of the savings must come from the other 40%.  In other words we should eliminate policemen on our streets so that we can maintain “peacekeeping” forces in Iraq, Japan, England, South Korea, Germany and dozens of other places.  As if none of those countries can afford to do that themselves?  Instead, we should lose 200,000 jobs in the U.S. so that we can keep the Afghan tribal leaders appeased.  I might agree with the $62 billion if it were to be apportioned consistently; that is taking $38 billion of it out of our war machine and then the remainder from maintaining stability and safety in our own country.  Taking the military spending off the table is insane to me. But who said the current crop of Republicans are sane!

But what do I know…


  1. When President Bush was borrowing money to spend, many of us on the right were screaming. Since the Democrats refused to pass a budget for fiscal year 2011, the only thing on the table for cutting is discretionary spending. The Republicans claim when they propose their version of the 2012 budget, military spending will be on the table along with entitlements. We will see.


  2. Bret, thanks for the input. See my earlier on January 30 to see what is defined at discretionary spending. The military makes up 60% of that budget but is totally immune from the current Republican budget cuts.

    So if as you say the only thing on the table is discretionary spending let’s cut $38 billion from our war machine budget. But I am also in favor of asking the super rich to give up a little of their huge tax breaks that Mr. Bush gave them. Mr Gates and Mr. Buffet have personally said that is ok with them. 🙂


  3. Cuts and tax increases are going to have to occur at some point, but before we raise taxes on anyone we should concentrate on eliminating loopholes for the rich. Remember during the 2004 election it was revealed Teresa Heinz Kerry had an effective tax rate of 14 ¾ %? (Yes , I point to a Democrat. I’m a Republican I have to have some fun. ) This did not include money in trust funds which does not get taxed until the money is spent. Meanwhile, they can take loans using the fund as security, deduct the interest on the loan and you see where I am going. Whenever one of the super rich says we are not paying enough taxes I go crazy( well, crazier) because I know they are avoiding paying their own taxes. Anyway, sorry for the long post. I took some time to look at your blog and enjoyed it, it gives me hope to think perhaps our two sides are not as far apart as the media portrays us to be.


  4. Yeah me too. Now if only those in congress could get along something productive just might happen.

    Thanks and come back often with your comments. They are appreciated.


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