The Republican Study Committee released a breakdown of spending reductions and cuts, which they argue can save $2.5 trillion over the next ten years. Nearly all of the cuts come from the “discretionary spending” portion of the budget, which makes up just 16% of the total federal budget. The Republican plan is to simply push back spending levels to what they were in 2006 and hope for the best. Predictably, the Pentagon’s budget is off the chopping block. John Boener spokesman Michael Steele said “our immediate goal is to cut spending to pre-bailout, pre-stimulus levels.” Pre-bailout and stimulus levels for everyone but the defense department.
Some of the measures the RSC recommends make sense. Halving the printing budget to save $47 million in the age of digital information seems like a no brainer. Saving $15 billion by selling off unused federal property is something almost any businessperson would recommend. Eliminating the $1 million mohair subsidy is probably a smart decision, since military uniforms aren’t made out of wool these days. Plenty of the other cuts Republicans recommend however, aren’t only dubious decisions, but reek of partisan politicking.
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