Cutting government in any department is serious business because the decisions to create and appropriate funding for departments, programs, and services required acts of congress and approval by the president. Those actions were not flippant because people had needs for which funding was approved.
Now, Americans have a list of expected outcomes and corresponding programs and legislated appropriations. When government must align its budget with capacity to govern, that may require adjustments.
Don’t forget that the President and Democrats have said all along that the nation needs more revenue contribution from wealthy Americans who received tax breaks for which the return on breaks was not realized in higher economic performance. Therefore, Americans want their money back.
Well, they won’t get money over the dam, but they can get some damned revenue as a payment for what is next.
In the mean time, either the Senate and President are going to balance the budget with respect for debt and deficit, or sequestration will do it.
David Rogers reports for Politico that a couple of women figure prominently in making America’s household budget work and they are: Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) on Appropriations and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on the Budget panel.
“Mikulski’s role lies more in the gritty short term. “If they are going to cut, learn math and how to read the bills. Math is good. I like math,” Mikulski bluntly told her colleagues this week. And she is planning her own tutorial Feb. 14 with a major Appropriations hearing on the sequester’s impact.”
The article mentions that there must be an accounting for “outcomes and consequences.” That is music to my ears.
“Defense will again be on the block, faced with an estimated 7.3 percent reduction, which is really double that given the Pentagon is almost halfway through the fiscal year. Domestic programs face a 5.1 percent cut under the same rules.”
“House GOP unafraid of cutting defense
By DAVID ROGERS | 1/30/13 7:46 PM EST
On a hot July night six months ago, 89 House Republicans joined more dovish Democrats to do the unusual for Washington: cut $1.1 billion from the GOP’s proposed budget for defense in 2013.
Then came Hurricane Sandy and the New Year’s Day tax bill, and as many as 157 House Republicans voted Jan. 15 to endorse a much bigger cut, taking nearly $10 billion from the Pentagon to help pay for disaster aid. It was a huge swing by any measure and one followed this week by a Monday night Senate vote in which the overwhelming majority of Republicans endorsed their own across-the-board defense cut worth tens of billions of dollars over the next nine years.
Welcome to the new “dare you, double dare you” school of deficit politics — just a taste of what’s to come March 1 when much deeper spending cuts take effect under the sequester mechanism dictated by the 2011 debt accords.
House Republicans seem determined to let the cuts take effect if only as payback to President Barack Obama for humiliating them over taxes. The White House and Senate Democrats are so far feigning indifference. And while “the boys” play tough, much could depend on two women thrust into Senate committee chairmanships this year: Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) on Appropriations and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on the Budget panel.
Mikulski’s role lies more in the gritty short term. “If they are going to cut, learn math and how to read the bills. Math is good. I like math,” Mikulski bluntly told her colleagues this week. And she is planning her own tutorial Feb. 14 with a major Appropriations hearing on the sequester’s impact.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/house-gop-unafraid-of-cutting-86973.html#ixzz2JYSXrJjZ