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Budget Politics

R.3 Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 9:55 AM
What I find truly amazing is how far the $85 billion the gov't isn't getting was going to go. If that $85 billion was funding that much gov't activity, how come they need over $3 trillion? Fuzzy math, indeed.
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?

The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of...