CNN reported yesterday on the House Republicans’ plan to reduce spending. Staff Reporter Charles Riley writes that it’s a “dramatic budget proposal… that would result in sweeping cuts to federal agencies and government services.”
Oh really? Gin and Tacos puts it in perspective:
See that little green sliver? That’s the budget cut. I’ll let Gin and Tacos be the sarcastic one: “Wow, over 4/10ths of one percent of the FY2011 budget!”
More, it’s not even actually $58 billion because, as Riley reports:
In practical terms, the spending decrease is actually closer to $35 billion, since Congress failed to pass a budget for fiscal year 2011, and agencies have been operating at 2010 funding levels.
This is an ongoing problem for political conservatives. Cutting spending is a useful sound bite, but when asked what they actually want to cut — you know, a plan to actually balance the budget without raising taxes or while cutting them — they typically flounder. So, in this case, they’re successfully cutting four-tenths of one percent of the budget. And what must we sacrifice for this tremendous step towards a balanced budget? Among other things, this:Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.