This erupted on a right wing blog here in Delaware and for future historians who may wonder how Republicans collectively lost their minds, I preserved it right here….
“Excuse me. Federal spending in 2008 was $2.9 trillion.
For 2011 it was $3.8 trillion.
For 2012 it was $3.7 trillion…..
Even if we cut $85 billion that still leave $700 billion we are over spending!!! “
Of course, it certainly makes a difference in what is being overspent and what therefore needs to be cut.
In 2008, our defense budget was $671 billion. (Includes $190 billion for two wars not listed in budget but funded outside by appropriations). This year it is $670 billion, including the two wars.. In 4 years there has been some creep downward of $1 billion.
Back in 2008, our non military discretionary budget was… $488 billion Today it is $615 billion. The breakdown is below.
$69.3 billion (+0.3%) – Department of Health and Human Services ($81)
$56.0 billion (+0.0%) – Department of Education ($68)
$39.4 billion (+18.7%) – Department of Veterans Affairs ($60)
$35.2 billion (+1.4%) – Department of HUD ($41)
$35.0 billion (+22.0%) – Department of State and Other International Programs ($56)
$34.3 billion (+7.2%) – Department of Homeland Security ($55)
$24.3 billion (+6.6%) – Department of Energy ($36)
$20.2 billion (+4.1%) – Department of Justice ($24)
$20.2 billion (+3.1%) – Department of Agriculture ($27)
$17.3 billion (+6.8%) – NASA ($18)
$12.1 billion (+13.1%) – Department of Transportation ($24)
$12.1 billion (+6.1%) – Department of the Treasury ($14)
$10.6 billion (+2.9%) – Department of the Interior ($12)
$10.6 billion (-9.4%) – Department of Labor($13)
$51.8 billion (+9.7%) – Other On-budget Discretionary Spending ($53)
$39.0 billion – Other Off-budget Discretionary Spending ($31)
A four year creep of $127 billion.
And we are proposing to cut $85 billion of that per year…. how much is 85 billion? Well if you parked 85 billion cars, bumper to bumper, it would stretch to the sun and back, and back again as far as Mercury….
Imagine that huge amount instantly disappearing from our economy?
That is a pretty big worry.
Now we know where $100 billion of that $700 billion difference came from. Granted, it costs more to run our government now. We have tighter security in our airports than we did in 2008. We have tighter border security than we did in 2008. We have a lot more people on food stamps than we did in 2008. We have a lot more baby boomers retired or retiring… than we did in 2008…. We pay more in servicing our debt, than we did in 2008….
None of these can be cut. Therefore we must cut out of our military. We must cut out of our non military discretionary services…
Republicans have underestimated how painful these will be. CBO says 700,000 jobs will be lost. Regional pockets of unemployment could cross 40%.. Northern Virginia and Bethesda Maryland, will be very hard hit. For when government workers get laid off, it is a little different than if one closes a plant that makes widgets for the Chinese. People in government facilitate other peoples lives.
Our food is safe, because of government. Our planes are safe, because of government. Our roads are safe because of government. Our schools are safe, because of government. Our neighborhoods are safe, because of government. Our health is safe, because of government. Our retirement is safe, because of government….
After March 1st, that safety provided by the government disappears…. the safety net has developed holes all through it…
Now when flying on the trapeze through private sector jobs, flitting from one to another, one must add the worry that if one misses his timely catching of the next bar, he may just fall through one of the many gaping holes scattered across that net so far below….