Are there any adults in charge of the House? Watching this week’s frenzied slash-and-burn budget contest, we had to conclude the answer to that is no.
First Speaker John Boehner’s Republican leadership proposed cutting the rest of the 2011 budget by $32 billion. But that wasn’t enough for his fanatical freshmen, who demanded that it be cut by $61 billion, destroying vital government programs with gleeful abandon.
Wow, I’m sold that the Republicans really are engaged in a “frenzied slash-and-burn budget contest“. Why, $32 billion is a whopping 0.8% of our current $3.834 TRILLION (with a capital “T”) budget! My God! The very foundations of the Republic must tremble at the thought of staggering along on only 99.2% of previous revenues!
There is only one phrase that accurately describes the draconian nature of these cuts: “a rounding error”.
Suppose you had to pay for something way more fancy than what you wanted. You got a bill from someone saying you owed them $3,834 dollars. You contest the bill and they say, “Hey, I feel for you. Let me really slash that down for you. Here, I’ll knock off $32 bucks!” Would you feel like they’d really done you a big favor?
The very fact that the NYT editorialists take extreme care throughout their editorial not to put the multi-billion dollar cuts into the context of a multi-TRILLION dollar budget tells you all you need to know about their honesty, integrity and impartiality.