MasterComposter":6ieejm26 said:Wow, this thread turned into a much more stupid squabble than I ever could have hoped!
Seems like no matter the program, there really is no middle ground between "this program has got to be completely ELIMINATED" on one side and "this program is SACRED and can't be touched" on the other.
Our only hope for cutting the deficit is if the Congress and Administration can do a better job finding middle ground than we can...
S**t... we're f**ked...
Well, it's actually the Republicans who are f**ked. Why? Because Republican-endorsed tax cuts would increase the deficit by far more than the spending cuts would reduce it, in keeping with conservative movement policy of refusing to acknowledge the fiscal effects of tax cuts. So the Republican plan to confine spending cuts to domestic discretionary spending is pathetically small in proportion to the scale of the deficit.
In the run-up to the election, Republicans constantly reassured voters that they understood how they had “lost their way” during the Bush era. If we gave them one more chance, they would leave their big-spending days behind them. Faced with the fiscal nightmare of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda, voters reluctantly gave the car keys back to the Republicans. It’s very early, of course, but if Republicans hope to earn and keep that trust, they are going to have to demonstrate that they are a lot more serious about cutting spending than they have shown us thus far.
The trouble is, most voters don't want popular government programs cut. That doesn't leave Republicans with a lot of options, especially since they've just spent the last two years attacking Democrats for threatening entitlements:
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democrac ... ement_cuts
Republicans have the same dilemma as before. They can slash entitlement spending and incur the wrath of the voters. Or they can fail to address the deficit, or, more likely, make the deficit worse by cutting taxes. And then the conservative movement can explain that they failed because they lost their way, and the cycle can continue. And Democrats can sit back and watch the GOP get the boot in 2012.