Repeat After Me:

There is no such thing as mandatory spending

We have now gotten to the point — as I noted yesterday — where if national defense, interstate highways, national parks, homeland security, and all other discretionary programs somehow became absolutely free, we’d still have a budget deficit. The White House Office of Management and Budget projects that in the current fiscal year (2011), mandatory spending alone will exceed all federal receipts. So even if we didn’t spend a single cent on discretionary programs, we still wouldn’t be able to balance our budget this year — let alone pay off any of the $14 trillion in debt that we have already accumulated.

Cut EVERYTHING 10% as a start, and go from there.

6 Responses to “Repeat After Me:”

  1. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Cut EVERYTHING 10% this year and then do the same the next and the next… and we might get somewhere.

  2. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Oh and the next and the next… (you get the idea). Problem is everyone wants everything cut EXCEPT whatever benefits them. Sigh.

  3. KingShamus says:

    B-b-b-but how will Democrat politicians bribe off voters without massive spending?

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    My idea is simple. Cut everything 10% to start with. And then eliminate all earmarks. All. And then get rid of all “czars” and accompanying staffs/structure. And then look at each Department for further cuts or elimination.

  5. major dad says:

    Quit all that crazy talk Bing, all that common sense stuff will get you in trouble.

  6. tree hugging sister says:

    Touch my 10%, I’ll shiv ya.

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