A Trillion Here, A Trillion There…

January 21st, 2011

Inspired by Republican Study Group Issues Proposed Budget Cuts (Huffington Post 1/20/11), Republican Study Committee Member Can’t Explain How His Spending Cut Plan Adds Up…Because It Doesn’t, and Boehner On What Spending Cuts The House GOP Plans To Enact: ‘You’re Asking Me?’ (ThinkProgress 1/20/11).


“I don’t want to pick it apart too much, because you always appreciate the efforts at spending cuts, but a lot of these eliminations and reductions, Congressman, realistically come to $330 billion of the $2.5 trillion of proposed cuts. So, in other words, the real meat, up-front cuts, while still substantial, about $330 billion, ain’t the $2.5 trillion. So what is the more realistic figure?” – Neil Cavuto question to RSC Member Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)


The Republican Study Group is trumpeting its plan to cut $2.5 trillion,

But the real cuts amount to just $330 billion.


The rest are unspecified future cutbacks

(Of course no mention of raising rich people’s tax).


Campbell incorrectly said that the $330 billion is for a single year,

Which when multiplied by 10 makes a higher figure than $2.5 trillion appear.


Actually, the $330 billion was for the entire ten-year period.

So once again, Repubs are trying to pull the wool over our eyes, period.


House Speaker Boehner seemed to be equally clueless:

He had no idea what the GOP plan was, the spending cuts to address.


That’s surprising, since he’s the GOP’s top guy,

Which kind of makes you wonder why.


Once again, GOP plans amount to nothing more than mirrors and smoke:

The result of which would leave us only slightly less broke.


So thanks, RSC, but no thanks:

Forgive me for being blunt, but your proposal

Stanks.

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Here’s a clip from the interview.
 

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