Apr 14 2011
OK, time to separate conservative commentators into the ignorant class and those savvy and honest about cutting the federal budget. As I noted the other day, poor Rush Limbaugh got completely hoodwinked by a piece of liberal media disinformation, and went off on an erroneous tear about how bad the current budget deal is that covers the remainder of government fiscal year (GFY) 2011 ( – ends September 30th, 2010). As I noted in that earlier post, anyone who believes a CR can immediately cut spending is just demonstrating a serious lack of comprehension as it comes to how the government operates and is funded.
Like the ‘shovel ready’ nonsense squawked by the liberal media around the Democrats failed Stimulus Bill in 2009, every action by Congress takes months and years to filter its way through the bloated federal bureaucracy and its ocean of paperwork. That applies to spending increases and cuts. The ship of state is a ponderous and slow thing, making snails look like formula 1 race cars.
What you get in these CRs is nothing more than a commitment to follow through and cut spending, stop programs, close down activities in following budgets. You do not get a $38 billion dollar rebate. That is why you don’t want government by CR – the entire plan in the CR is vaporized once the period of the CR is over. All these cuts disappear on October 1, 2010 if they are not forwarded into the more binding and long term GFY budget for 2012. There you have more resilience (though any Congress can change direction at any time – thus the idea to enact 2 year budgets).
A new budget estimate released Wednesday shows that the spending bill negotiated between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner would produce less than 1 percent of the $38 billion in promised savings by the end of this budget year.
Emphasis mine. As I said, anyone think ANYTHING in a short term CR will be completed before the CR expires? Sorry, you need to go back class on US Government. It seems the WaPo could figure out the federal process is slow as molasses when it comes to this CR, but somehow failed to communicate that detail to its readers during the rush to the stimulus bill. If you want a clear example of PR instead of informing, mark this down.
So, who is going to run off half-cocked on this and prove once and for all they are an unreliable source for the American voter when it comes to discussing issues around the budget? I expect Hannity to continue to miss the point – since he has from day one. Will Rush fall once again into the bailiwick of the naive?
We shall see.