Government Spending and Fairytale Land

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In case you are wondering, this is not the next post on legalism…just a mini-rant 🙂

Only in the U.S. government can deficit reduction means you are just borrowing less. The President claims his new budget will cut the deficit by a trillion dollars. What that means is that we will go from $16 trillion to $20 trillion instead of $22 trillion in debt so we are “cutting our debt”. No we aren’t…we are taking on MORE debt. Cutting the increase is a cut? Welcome to fairytale land.

Only in the U.S. government can we fail to even vote on budgets for over four years (when it is mandated by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974). In a time when we are running massive, trillion dollar+ deficits we don’t even have a budget. Instead, we just pass appropriation bills (which is basically just a % spending increase across the board).

Only in the U.S. government can an increase be called a cut. It goes like this. If the Department of Agriculture asks for a 7% increase in spending for next year and instead they get a 2% increase, they cry bloody murder because they got their “spending cut”. Huh? A 2% increase is an increase, not a cut.

Welcome to politics, where the rules that apply to the other 300 million don’t apply. I really think people are sick of both parties. They both do everything they said they would never do. Republicans have agreed to tax increases when they said they wouldn’t. Thanks. Democrats are proposing cuts to Social Security, which they said they wouldn’t do. Thanks. With as little brand loyalty as young people have today and as much disinterest they have in the whole system it makes me think our government will look completely different in 20 years.

Sorry, just had to vent 🙂 I am so glad that my Lord’s kingdom is not of the world and that whatever is redeemable in Washington will get redeemed too.

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