So, if we pass Ryan’s budget as is, we will save 6 trillion over the next 10 years. Setting aside the fact that every congress from here till then will have the opportunity to change what gets passed, and that we will certainly not pass Ryan’s budget “as is”, what is wrong with what Republicans have proposed here is what has been wrong with the Washington D.C. budget process since I can remember. The 6 trillion is “cuts” are simply a reduction from the previously expected amount of spending.
We are now running 1.6 trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, and we are proposing to only run a 1 trillion dollar deficit? Unless I am missing something, that is what is being proposed. The obvious problem here is that up until 2008 we were running roughly 400 to 500 billion dollar deficits, then came bailouts and Obama after that.
We know what the Dems are going to say. We saw a preview of it last week. Anything called a cut will end up in death and destruction the likes of which we have never seen. As long as we are going to have to engage with this nonsense we may as well actually be talking about reductions that will get us down to spending levels that will balance the budget.
The argument that we need to make is that we can return the federal government to 2006 spending levels without harming anyone. I understand that entitlement spending is the key and there is no way to reduce that to 2006 levels without having this debate, and for beginning that I commend Ryan, but let’s not fall into the trap of D.C. budget speak. These are not cuts, they are reductions in increases.
Less government, more Liberty!