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the “pledge to increase the deficit”

The Center for American Progress has a new report showing that the “Pledge to America” would increase the deficit relative to President Obama’s budget. Get used to seeing this graph:

Even that is a generous grade for the Republican budget, as it assumes that the huge cuts to domestic discretionary spending will be carried out. Cutting domestic discretionary spending is a classic budget dodge. It’s a giant catch-all category of programs that have long resisted cutting either because they’re popular, vital, protected by powerful interest groups, or all three. A promise to cut domestic discretionary spending is a way to grasp anti-spending credibility without naming an actual program you plan to cut. (If opponents say, “Do you want to cut veterans’ spending? Highways? The Coast Guard?,” inevitably the response is no, we’ll cut something else.)

The funny thing is that, even if the Pledge were to carry out 100% of its phantom cuts, it would still increase the deficit relative to President Obama’s budget.

The New Republic


8 Responses to “the “pledge to increase the deficit””


  1. 1 CR
    September 28, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Thank you Chipstix for this diary. All of us need to keep posting to show the truth about the GOP’s plan to sabotage Pres Obama’s agendas.

  2. 2 graciouslady
    September 28, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Did I miss somethingf? Why is Boehner crying?

  3. 4 Sue in Minnesota
    September 28, 2010 at 3:09 am

    They work overtime to insult the intelligence of thinking people……..wish they would apply their energy to doing the work they were elected to do, resolving the issues facing America. They are truly shameless individuals.

  4. September 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    What needs to be made clear, although it should be crystal clear to everyone, is that you cannot get anything done without a majority vote. If you don’t vote and you dilute the existing majority, there will be far less accomplished than there has been in this last 20 months. This is not rocket science. Who should be penalized at the ballot box? The obvious answer is the Republicans for not jumping in and trying to save our economy and our middle class.

  5. 6 geegee
    September 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    You would think this would be crystal clear to any thinking person now wouldn’t you? People seem to have the attention span of a flea. I shudder to think of us going back to 20 months ago which is where the republican tea party want to take us. I pray that enough people are sanely thinking this thing through, and will do the right thing and get out and vote.

    LET’S GET OUT THE VOTE AND VOTE!!!!!

    • 7 Chi
      September 29, 2010 at 5:21 am

      Lol Geegee “…people seem to have the attention span of a flea…”
      So true, but God willing, there are more sane people (a silent supportive majority) who get that this President was handed a most difficult and multi-faceted task of resuscitating a country that was practically on its deathbed.

  6. 8 Kat 4 Obama
    September 29, 2010 at 2:21 am

    I love it!


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