Those small gubmint, CUT SPENDING!!#$!@#$@#!, austerity boys are at it again.
If you don’t recall, after the Super Duper Budget Committee debacle Ezra Klein made us aware of the following:
Republicans scored what they thought was a big win by persuading Democrats to accept a trigger that consisted only of spending cuts. The price they paid was 1) concentrating the cuts on the Pentagon while exempting Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare beneficiaries, and 2) delaying the cuts until January 1, 2013.
So now there are two triggers.
One is an extremely progressive spending trigger worth $1.2 trillion that goes off on January 1, 2013.
The other is an extremely progressive tax trigger worth $3.8 trillion that goes off on…January 1, 2013.
Well, we all knew that wasn’t going to stand.
So now the GOP, and your boy Lieberman, have collectively said “Whoopsie!!!” and are trying to undue all this “cut the military budget” foolishness.
despite a veto threat from President Barack Obama, congressional Republicans and a handful of Democrats have vowed to somehow unravel the spending cuts this year — which are scheduled to hit defense and domestic programs equally in January 2013.
“I’m very concerned about the defense cuts in sequestration, but it’s also the cuts to nondefense discretionary [that] are also devastating,” Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told POLITICO. “Ultimately, I think there’s a very strong feeling that it’s not going to go into effect.”
“The Department of Defense just can’t sustain additional cuts beyond what they’ve already taken without seriously jeopardizing … the national security capability,” said Cord Sterling, vice president of legislative affairs for the Aerospace Industries Association, a
grouplobbyist that has been talking with lawmakers and staffers on the impact of sequestration.
Yes, we will be jeopardizing national security: prior to these cuts the US would have spent more on defense than the rest of the world combined. After these cuts, the US will… spend more on defense than the rest of the world combined….
And thank you Politico, for having the courage and audacity to ask a completely unbiased defense industry lobbyist about the savagery of defense industry spending cuts. Their views were both unexpected and refreshing!
California Republican Buck McKeon, the powerful chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a Boehner ally, has introduced a bill that would trim the federal workforce and use those savings to offset one year of automatic cuts to both defense and domestic programs.
McKeon’s measure, which has 25 co-sponsors, would prevent federal agencies from hiring more than one worker for every three who leave until the workforce slims down by 10 percent. As he introduced his bill in December, McKeon said the first round of budget cuts to the Pentagon had already cleared “a lot of waste, fat and even muscle out of the military” and that further reduction “cuts us to the bone.”
So basically, he wants to fire workers and use the money to go kill people. In the midst of an unemployment crisis. Hopefully some of the money will trickle down to a few domestic programs, but who cares they’re just a bunch of black freeloaders anyway.