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Will Dumb Cuts Trump Smart Cuts?

45caliber Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 3:31 PM
The whole idea of these cuts is to make them as disagreeable to the public as possible. Then he can insist that any cuts will be this way ... so they can't cut the government's waste and need more more to cover them instead. For instance, these cuts release illegals into the US, cut border patrols so more can come in, cut parks so they can't be used, etc. None of the cuts actually cuts waste.
traitorbill Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 4:01 PM
Any thoughtful person could cut 85 billion and not even have it noticed.

When Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., met with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board last week, she said reasonable people could pass a bill to apply $85 billion in sequester cuts more surgically. Too bad she's a member of Congress.

When Editorial Page Editor John Diaz asked whether she considers the scale of the cuts to be "reasonable and doable," she answered, "Yes, I do."

Alas, the Democrats' top budget man, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., believes that cutting $85 billion out of a $3.6 trillion budget is unthinkable, even to slow the growth of the $16 trillion national...