We’ve said this before but we’ll say it again: when they say “cut” you have to ask: from what baseline?
The Department of Transportation’s budget for 2013 is $74.2 billion. The automatic spending cuts would slice $1 billion out of its budget: that is a cut of less than 1.4 percent.
And consider this: even if the cuts go into effect, the Department of Transportation will spend more money this year ($73.2 billion) than it spent last year ($72.6 billion).
A $600 million increase is termed a $1 billion “cut” and they’re talking about sending air traffic controllers home. I call B.S.
Operate on the budget you operated under last year. Let’s START with that.