After months and months of prodding, the House Republicans have finally coughed up a list of specific things they want to cut from the budget. The hit list totals…wait for it…$58 billion.
Wow! $58 billion sure is a lot of money! Unless of course we're talking about the Federal budget. Let me double check something.
Yes, we're talking about the Federal budget. Let's take a quick look at these cuts in perspective, despite Perspective's well-established liberal bias. Click to embiggen:
Wow, over 4/10ths of one percent of the FY2011 budget! Oddly enough the $58 billion all comes out of non-defense discretionary spending, which makes sense because I think that is the largest share of the budget.
Well surely they targeted wasteful spending and clear examples of unnecessary programs.
Oh for fuck's sake.
You could almost respect their misguided zeal – rhetorically, if not in practice – for "cutting spending" if it was not such an obvious smokescreen for partisan hackery. Like, "Let's target everything our donors and base don't like and call it fiscal responsibility" as though cutting the National Endowment for the Arts is actually going to make a dent.
Or perhaps I'm just being cynical. Maybe the two most unnecessary items in the budget really are job training and the EPA.