...The GOP’s cuts only amount to 1.6% of the total budget, which hardly amounts to trimming the fat, let alone the meat or bone. Even if only discretionary spending is considered, the $61 billion from $1.3 trillion means a reduction of just 4.7%, hardly noticeable after the runup of discretionary spending by Democrats over the last four years by 24%. It’s less than 8% of Obama’s stimulus package from 2009, hardly a “draconian” cut by any measure except in Beltwayese.Democrats still insist that their supplementary $6.5 $4.5 Billion cut proposal "meets Republicans halfway." A standard-issue grade school calculator might take issue with that fuzzy math, and the Washington Post's fact checkers aren't impressed:
Democrats have offered just over $10 billion -- the $4 billion in the stop gap measure and the $6.5 billion announced late Thursday. Republicans have proposed $61 billion, so the gap between the two parties remains wide indeed.
"Halfway" is an appealing concept, but thus far Democrats have done little to match the cost-cutting drive launched by Republicans.
Repeating the same talking point over and over again does not make it correct. We'll award two Pinocchios again, but if Democrats keep saying this -- or President Obama says it -- it will start to move into three Pinocchio territory.
That was written on Saturday, and wouldn't you know it, Democrats are still repeating the lie today. Time to break out that third Pinocchio, WaPo.
A number of Democrats are stepping forward to announce they might have a higher threshold for budget cut pain than Durbin lets on:
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) - "This proposal, which calls for $6.5 billion in new cuts, utterly ignores our fiscal reality. Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negotiations - our president - has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for?"
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) - “I feel strongly that the cuts are not large enough, but there are some cuts, so I don’t know whether I’ll be for it or against it. But I know it doesn’t go as far as we need to go.”