Republican leaders, predicting a change in leadership in the House, and even the Senate, are announcing their plans for when they take over. As Fox News reports, Rep John Boehner is proming to enact cuts in spending, tax breaks, and other actions that could total a whopping $100 Billion dollars.
WOW!!! A whole $100 BILLION!?!? "Thank you kind sir, may I have another?"
WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders, ever more confident of their chances of winning control of the House and possibly even the Senate, have begun plotting a 2011 agenda topped by a push for more than $100 billion in spending cuts, tax reductions and attempts to undo key parts of President Barack Obama's health care and financial regulation laws.
Most agree a marquee item on a new GOP majority's agenda would be an aggressive package of spending cuts, on the order of $100 billion or more, that could also be paired with steps to block implementation of key parts of Obama's health care law and new financial regulations.
That is all the cuts they could come up with? 100 billion dollars? With a 2010 budget of over $3.5 TRILLION dollars, they could only find $100B to cut? If my math is correct, that is only a 3.3% cut.
After a $650 billion increase over 2008's budget, they couldn't find more than $100 billion to cut?
They couldn't include the expiration of the so-called "Bush Tax Cuts"?
They couldn't find as much as the $787 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (better known as the Stimulus Bill).
There's the $400 billion left over from the Stimuls Bill.
How about the $50 billion for teachers, schools and firefighters?
How about the $51.7 billion for the State Department, of which a large portion goes overseas? Or the direct $126 billion for foreign investments? How about the $7 billion for the National Science Foundation or the $1.1 billion for something called the "Corporation for National and Community Service"?? Or the $46.7 billion from the Department of Education?
How about putting a callback on the TARP funds? There should be about $100 billion left outstanding there, right?
How about kicking the UN out of the US and then dissolving our interest in it?
We are spending more for Social Security ($678 billion) now than we are for our national defense ($667 billion).
We are spending more for Welfare ($79 billion) than we are for Homeland Security ($43 billion).
Is there no one that can grab a knife and start cutting this budget? Heck, I'd even take a butter knife at this point.