Patterico's Pontifications

2/10/2013

We don’t have a spending problem, we have a budget deficit problem

Filed under: General — JD @ 6:20 pm

[Guest post by JD]

Words fail me.

—JD

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: We can’t let them talk about “cuts” because they use that word to describe reductions in planned spending increases. Say they spent $10 billion this year, and planned to spend to $20 billion next year. Now they decide instead to spend $15 billion next year. They will call that a “cut” — even though they’re spending $5 billion more. Because it’s $5 billion less than they planned to spend.

Cute way to lie, huh?

Never ever ever talk about cuts. Talk about how much they’re spending.

UPDATE x 2 – Senior Dem Senator admits sequestration, their idea, was just a threat, a stunt, nothing ever intended to be put into effect.

28 Comments

  1. Beyond parody

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:22 pm

  2. You know what Democrats won’t tell us?

    They won’t tell us the “right” amount of taxation.
    They won’t tell us the “right” amount of spending.

    Because the lying little gits won’t pass a budget.

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:30 pm

  3. ‘What color is the moon on your world, Usul’ I’m resorting to Dune references,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:30 pm

  4. She makes as much sense as the socialist nimrod that thought Guam might tip over.

    Comment by J.P. (bd0246) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:37 pm

  5. this is one of those moments a journalist would come in handy

    maybe immigration reform will let us import a couple three

    Comment by happyfeet (323d6f) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:41 pm

  6. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3032608/vp/50761012#50761012

    Proving how fundamentally unserious they are. He basically claims it was a stunt. Their idea. Stunt.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:42 pm

  7. UPDATE BY PATTERICO: We can’t let them talk about “cuts” because they use that word to describe reductions in planned spending increases. Say they spent $10 billion this year, and planned to spend to $20 billion next year. Now they decide instead to spend $15 billion next year. They will call that a “cut” — even though they’re spending $5 billion more. Because it’s $5 billion less than they planned to spend.

    Cute way to lie, huh?

    Never ever ever talk about cuts. Talk about how much they’re spending.

    Comment by Patterico (9c670f) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:44 pm

  8. Politicians in both parties are racing to show they won’t take anything away from anyone. It’s a shame we’ve come to this.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:47 pm

  9. i heart sequesters when i was seben my mom had to pretend they lost my sequester in the move back to texas cause of how I wouldn’t sleep without it and it was getting weird

    Comment by happyfeet (323d6f) — 2/10/2013 @ 6:50 pm

  10. hah Durbin is actually reduced to calling the Head Start boondoggle “so important”

    what a goddamn whore this man is

    Comment by happyfeet (323d6f) — 2/10/2013 @ 7:06 pm

  11. he’s like their John McCain

    Comment by happyfeet (323d6f) — 2/10/2013 @ 7:07 pm

  12. ohnoes I click some mores

    what’s the difference between Eric Cantor and an off-the-shelf douche?

    douches are hygienic and leave things smelling fresh

    Comment by happyfeet (323d6f) — 2/10/2013 @ 7:17 pm

  13. Reality has become so surreal, the old words we use to describe weirdness no longer apply.

    We need a new word for these grinning automatons and their vocabulary recitations that have no actual meaning in the space-time continuum. Besides Democrat.

    Comment by Ag80 (b2c81f) — 2/10/2013 @ 7:19 pm

  14. Reality has become so surreal, the old words we use to describe weirdness no longer apply.

    We need a new word for these grinning automatons and their vocabulary recitations that have no actual meaning in the space-time continuum. Besides Democrat.

    This. Let’s call them DaveM

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/10/2013 @ 7:25 pm

  15. Patterico: A good way to demonstrate that would be with the California budgets since 2000. Each year they cut $20 billion out of a $100 billion budget, and at the end of the decade the budget was still $100 billion.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 2/10/2013 @ 8:14 pm

  16. She must be brainstorming (and I use the word brain facetiously here) with Biden, who told us we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt.

    Comment by Patricia (be0117) — 2/10/2013 @ 8:37 pm

  17. I find it hard to believe that the sequester was a “stunt”. As I said elsewhere, gutting the military is a feature, not an unacceptable consequence.

    Anything else is political maneuvering in case someone was paying attention.

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 2/10/2013 @ 9:01 pm

  18. MD – it does appear to be the only line item that they are enthusiastically willing to actually cut.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/10/2013 @ 9:04 pm

  19. The sequester is feint for both parties. The only goal is reelection.

    Comment by Ag80 (b2c81f) — 2/10/2013 @ 9:32 pm

  20. We don’t have a spending problem, we have a budget deficit problem

    We HAVE is a legislative problem.

    What we HAVE is ‘Failure to communicate’.
    :-P

    Comment by Smock Puppet, 10th Dan Snark Master and Certifiable Music Critic (98ae1f) — 2/11/2013 @ 1:57 am

  21. Sequestration was a fig leaf dangled by Democrats so the GOP could cover their shameful debt limit capitulation. It’s proof that the current corp of Republican leaders in Congress are toothless poodles yapping at Obama’s heels but feeding from his hand and scurrying to keep from under his feet.

    Comment by ropelight (addfd8) — 2/11/2013 @ 5:30 am

  22. I like how people like john mccain think cutting the budgets of his pals is “devastating” but that turning around and cutting the budgets of normal successful citizens is something he’d be happy to take a look at.

    It’s douchebags all the way down.

    Comment by happyfeet (323d6f) — 2/11/2013 @ 7:24 am

  23. How about we cut Drug Prohibition?

    Changes in endocannabinoid levels and/or CB2 receptor expressions have been reported in almost all diseases affecting humans,[34] ranging from cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, liver, kidney, neurodegenerative, psychiatric, bone, skin, autoimmune, lung disorders to pain and cancer. The prevalence of this trend suggests that modulating CB2 receptor activity by either selective CB2 receptor agonists or inverse agonists/antagonists depending on the disease and its progression holds unique therapeutic potential for these pathologies [34]

    http://classicalvalues.com/2013/02/cb2/

    Medical Marijuana prohibition is a crime against humanity and a violation of the religious precept – heal the sick.

    Comment by M. Simon (1aa256) — 2/12/2013 @ 4:50 am

  24. Maybe if you spammed that comment just a couple more times.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/12/2013 @ 5:21 am

  25. 22. When you put it just so, there doesn’t seem to be any daylight ‘tween Durbin and McVain.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 2/12/2013 @ 6:02 am

  26. Does anyone here think Reagan would have condemned the the NORK’s atomic test by referring to it as “highly provacative?

    Comment by elissa (e37e35) — 2/12/2013 @ 6:09 am

  27. carol the morning news crone on cnn has hardly mentioned it … she’s obsessed with Ted Nugent attending food stamp’s special talk tonight

    Comment by happyfeet (323d6f) — 2/12/2013 @ 6:31 am

  28. Maybe if you spammed that comment just a couple more times.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/12/2013 @ 5:21 am

    Ah. You have seen it more than once. Excellent.

    Comment by M. Simon (1aa256) — 2/16/2013 @ 9:29 am

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