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Congressional Liberals: This Fiscal Cliff is Pretty Great, Actually

DDelMonte Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 7:06 PM
And - can you really cut 1.5 trillion from the budget without touching defense spending? Hint: no.
The Artist Formerly Known as Bill Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 7:11 PM
Okay, D: here's a compromise. Let's close all European bases (and stop providing their defense budgets for them) and get out of Afghanistan (with a word to the wise--whoever that might be in the Taliban). Then we can start cutting frivolous expenses for Congress and the prez, get rid of the Departments of Agriculture and Interior (just for starters). Then, do a complete top-to-bottom audit and cut any departments that are redundant in purpose, have outlived any usefulness, or need more than half their budgets for operations.

Whaddya think?
Jerry555 Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 7:09 PM
Yes, If they let me in there, I would be dead the next day.

I would ABOLISH about 80% of the Fed.

Got it?

To answer your question.

YES, it can be done.

No, you aren't dreaming.  This post is a virtual facsimile of the 'fiscal cliff' piece I authored two weeks ago, replete with many of the same discouraging bells and whistles -- Democrats reveling in their leverage advantage, public opinion polls spelling doom for Republicans, and no tangible progress on the actual task at hand.  If that sentence wasn't enough of a morale boost for you, feel free to read on.  Liberals in Congress, led by incoming Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, are ostentatiously demonstrating an insatiable appetite for fiscal cliff-diving.  Their...