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  • Are There Any Adults at the New York Times?

    Posted by Shannon Love on February 17th, 2011 (All posts by )

    The New York Times editorial board hyperventilates:

    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.

     

    6 Responses to “Are There Any Adults at the New York Times?”

    1. Robert Schwartz Says:

      Or their dyscalculia. But, they majored in Art History.

    2. Bill Waddell Says:

      Shannon – you are obviously wholly ignorant of Washington economics – especially as practiced by the liberals. Yes, the budget was $3.8 trillion. Then Obama presented his plan to increase it to $4.7 trillion. The “fanatical freshmen” want to take it down to $3.7 trillion. Spending $3.7 trillion versus $4.7 trillion requested results in a 21% reduction in spending. You see in Washington, failure to increase spending is a reduction in spending … and failure to agree to a huge increase in spending is a huge reduction in spending – something so draconian only a fanatic would consider it.

      Your problem is that you are letting math, logic and common sense cloud your thinking. Once you can learn to set these aside I am sure you will pick up Washington economics in no time.

    3. Shannon Love Says:

      Bill Waddell,

      Your problem is that you are letting math, logic and common sense cloud your thinking. Once you can learn to set these aside I am sure you will pick up Washington economics in no time.

      Don’t think I want to then. I have to program computers, handle power tools and firearms. The combination of Washington thinking and power tools etc would problem not go well.

    4. Bill Waddell Says:

      Good thinking Shannon. Best to leave it alone before someone gets hurt.

    5. tehag Says:

      “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.”

      *sigh* You’re right it’s a rounding error. Any change Boehner will make real cuts? I for one would love to see vital government organs bleeding and dying. The more vital (in the Times’ judgment) the better.

    6. Bill Waddell Says:

      Shannon,

      To my point from FOX News:

      http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/02/22/senate-dems-offer-short-term-solution-government-shutdown-standoff?test=latestnews

      ” Reid announced in an e-mailed press release, calling a simple extension of current fiscal year 2010 spending levels a “$41 billion” budget cut, as it represents a reduction in what President Obama requested for the current fiscal year.”