Budget cuts - It's all politics right now

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    Explaining What's Missing From the Obama Budget: Big Entitlement Cuts - WSJ.com

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    Bold emphasis mine. Which elected officials have the most to lose if and when they start slashing the three big entitlement programs? Wouldn't it be nice if for once they did what was best for the country rather than what's best for them politically?
     
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    what cuts? There are no overall budget cuts in this budget.
     
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    Yes there are, but I think you missed the point.
     
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    Here it is..

     
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    politely stated.
     
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    I do always start out that way, anyway. :eusa_eh:

    Nobody seems to want to talk about the fact that the average American, according to several polls, including one Gallup poll about a month ago, want deficit reduction measures taken, but don't want their own government grabs affected. Let somebody else pay the bill, in other words. I guess the absence of any responses to this thread verifies the poll numbers.

    Until that attitude changes, the politicians doing the budgets won't change either.

    I found it ludicrous that the new members of the House, many of whom were either tea party members or supported the cause have decided that yet another proposed anti-abortion bill is a priority. With all the screeching about government spending, the new Republican House yesterday chooses to debate a WEDGE issue? Puleeze... Shall we get down to real business people?
     
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    The budget increases in size that means that there are no budget cuts just a reshuffling of funds. Your rebuttal sounds like a couple's argument over the family budget: if total expenditure is not cut then there is no budget cut. That is not just an argument it is a tautology attempted rebuttal is wasted effort because it is an attempted rebuttal of reality.
     
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    It is always someone elses money that needs to be cut or your incumbent congress person that needs to be voted out not Mine.
    And someone else needs to pay the taxes to pay for everything.
    And the reason everything is screwed up is your fault.

    We are a fat lazy society with no gumption.
     
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    I have no idea what you're trying to say. Do you have something special you want saved or cut? If so, elaborate. Where should cost shifting occur? What agency is over-bloated and what agency is under-funded? These are all questions that will be debated over the next months, probably the next year. I'm not drawing any conclusions. Just opening it up for debate among the people who post on this board.
     
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    Both sides will make cuts in projected increases in spending and declare victory.

    However if they cut off PBS funding I might have to shoot someone.
     

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