Is Washington Serious?
I was surfing the web and came across an interesting article on Reason.com in which Scott Shackford helps put the "spending cuts" in perspective. The rest of the piece is just a relay for other some news releases on the subject of Paul Ryan's budget.
The radio talk shows must have exploded when this proposal was officially announced. I can imagine the Conservatives rallying heavily behind these 5.1 Trillion dollar cuts, proposed by Paul Ryan. Of course, with any talk about cuts the Liberal media must have had a heart attack. Surely a few talking heads made claims that anyone who wants less government is heartless. However, in Scott's article he quotes the White House:
"Budgets are about choices and values. House Republicans have chosen to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest rather than create opportunities for middle class families to get ahead. The President believes that is the wrong approach and that we should instead be making smart investments necessary to create jobs, grow our economy, and expand opportunity, while still cutting the deficit in a balanced way and securing our nation’s future."
What makes this information so ironic is the fact that these spending cuts are on future projected growths in spending. Meaning they are not even real cuts. I actually commend Paul Ryan for taking this big step and putting a plan forward. How deafening is it that we only hear of a few names on the main stream media from time to time. What about all the other representatives?
The Cato Institute was nice enough to make us a graph
Yes, that blue line is after the cuts. The line keeps going up!
The White house also has something right. We can see where these Republicans want to cut. The message is clear, and it is the same old message, that the old will continue to receive benefits they already spent gaining a 17 trillion dollar debt. While the younger generations get less access to education to expand productivity.
Benjamin T Brixey
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