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January 24, 2011

Chambliss, Warner To Introduce "Tough" Spending Cut Bill That Would Save, Supposedly... Trillions

Well. Now we're talking, eh? That's trillions, I guess, over the usual budgeting window of ten years (or more), but that's a substantial bit of money.

Real? Kabuki?

Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) plan to introduce a dramatic spending cut bill aimed at reducing federal spending by trillions. Cuts under the bill won't exclude any area of spending such as defense, Social Security and Medicare, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Warner and Chambliss hope to hold an up-or-down vote on the bill. According to Warner, the only way to reduce federal spending is through a bill like this which dissatisfies everyone, at least in part.

"The only way you realistically can get there is if you get ... one package where everybody can say, 'I don't like a lot of it, but the sum of the good it does is worth the pain it will cost,' " Warner said. "At the end of the day, this is not going to be a painless process."

Meanwhile, Republicans are talking about cutting funding for the UN.

I have no problem with that, except to the extent people fantasize/lie to themselves that a balanced budget can be had with cuts in relatively small programs like that.

UN funding should be cut, dramatically, and so should everything else (cut, or dramatically cut, depending on program), and yeah, it will require reform of Social Security and Medicare and some defense spending too.

The UN cuts should be made, certainly. They are the no brainers, the easy cuts. But no one should confuse the easy cuts with the necessary harder cuts.






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