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Budget Hawks Question Doomsday Scenarios

D G Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 8:38 PM
Resist ... Any item has excessive growth if it grew faster than the economy. During that period GDP grew about 50% in current dollars not adjusted for inflation. Total spending grew at more than double the rate of growth for the economy. (104% vs 50%).
There's no doubt President Obama is using the so-called Washington Monument maneuver in the fight with Republicans over sequestration budget cuts. It's a time-honored tactic of bureaucratic warfare: When faced with cuts, pick the best-known and most revered symbol of government and threaten to shut it down. Close the Washington Monument and say, "See? This is what happens when you cut the budget." Meanwhile, all sorts of other eminently cuttable government expenditures go untouched.

So now Obama is warning of drastic cuts in food safety, air traffic control, police and fire protection -- in all sorts of services that will...

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