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 Responses to “We don’t have a spending problem, we have a budget deficit problem”

  1. Beyond parody

    JD (b63a52)

  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.

    SPQR (768505)

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

    narciso (3fec35)

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

    maybe immigration reform will let us import a couple three

    happyfeet (323d6f)

  5. 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.

    JD (b63a52)

  6. 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.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  7. 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.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  8. 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

    happyfeet (323d6f)

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

    what a goddamn whore this man is

    happyfeet (323d6f)

  10. he’s like their John McCain

    happyfeet (323d6f)

  11. 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

    happyfeet (323d6f)

  12. 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.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  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.

    This. Let’s call them DaveM

    JD (b63a52)

  14. 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.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  15. 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.

    Patricia (be0117)

  16. 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.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

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

    JD (b63a52)

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

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  19. 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

    Smock Puppet, 10th Dan Snark Master and Certifiable Music Critic (98ae1f)

  20. 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.

    ropelight (addfd8)

  21. 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.

    happyfeet (323d6f)

  22. 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.

    M. Simon (1aa256)

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

    JD (b63a52)

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

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

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

    elissa (e37e35)

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

    happyfeet (323d6f)

  27. 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.

    M. Simon (1aa256)


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