The Fake Spending Cuts

If they're so interested in balancing the budget, why are they increasing spending and calling it a cut?

The Federal government has not had an actual, official budget for many months.

When it was time for a new budget last year, the one proposed had so much pork and needless spending hikes in it that even the Democrats who controlled both houses could not get it passed.

And neither they nor the Republicans have succeeded in passing a budget, to this day. They have instead, kept the government funded with “Continuing Resolutions”, temporary agreements to “continue” spending at current rates while the budget is debated.

In 1995, such continuing resolutions actually helped reduce the National Debt, because they held to current levels of spending for months, instead of the next year’s increases.

And people assumed that this is what was going on this year…but they underestimated just how corrupt the Congress has become. Last year the Democrats controlling Congress did not agree to traditional Continuing Resolutions, maintaining current spending…their “resolutions” were actually based on the proposed budget that most members of Congress were rejecting.

Flash forward to the last few weeks:

The Republican leadership has made a big deal about having made two billion dollars in “cuts” from the Continuing Resolution…and when that one ended, six more billion from the next CR.

They have been claiming credit for “ten billion dollars in cuts”. This would, if it were true, be the first time in something like 60 years that the budget was actually cut, instead of the rate of increase simply being adjusted.

Even the 1995 Republican Revolution only cut the amount spending was increased. This was called “cuts” by the most ridiculous Liberals of the time, because they seriously think that increasing spending the “planned” amount is not an increase, at all. So if you plan to increase spending 3%, and then increase it 2%, that is a “cut”.

This is what I had feared the “cuts” in the Continuing Resolution actually were; just reductions in the increase.

But it’s worse…as I noted above, the CRs were actually based on the rejected, larger budget. And the Republican leadership is corrupt enough to reduce only those proposed super-increases, leaving the temporary budget still higher than last year, then claim credit as if they’d actually cut spending.

This explains more clearly, to me, why 54 Republicans, mostly TEA Party types, refused to vote for the CR.

A New Source of (More Timely) Information

I appear to have a significant following for my blog, But Now You Know, as well as my post of the day sites, Words of the Sentient, and High Vocabulary Word of the Day. Unfortunately, the economic depression also has me working more hours on-site with my web dev/graphics company, Vorpalize.

I am going to try to continue to produce quotations and vocabulary words on a near-daily basis, although it may be somewhat more intermittent.

On the other hand, I have a very high standard for articles I post to But Now You Know. I prefer quality over quantity. Each article requires citations of sources, at least one unique graphic, preferably created by my self, and of course solid, relatively comprehensive rhetoric on the topic at hand.

I simply won’t have much time to do that…but I don’t want to deprive posterity of my unmitigated wisdom. Rather than compromise the quality of But Now You Know, I have therefore started this mini-blog. On a regular basis, perhaps even many times per day, I shall (hypothetically) post short assertions, refutations, et cetera, on socio-political topics. Comments about some media-covered political soundbite, the day’s hot issues, something a neocon talk show host said while I was driving home from a client’s site, et cetera.

Testing the new interface

Testing the new interface

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