The GOP is sort of cutting spending. Don’t give it too much credit.
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And then there’s the content of the cuts. Many conservatives are irritated about sequestration because it disproportionately targets the military. I don’t share their frustration, but I do understand it. The Pentagon has already accepted $487 billion in cuts over the next ten years through spending caps. Meanwhile the most hefty and consequential drivers of our debt – entitlements, health care spending, and student loans — are mostly untouched by sequestration.
The more you look at the sequester, the more trivial it seems. And yet both sides of the aisle are running around in circles, screaming and pointing at each other. How can anyone with this mentality be trusted to raise the Social Security retirement age, or turn down the higher education faucet?
So carry on with the pessimism, conservatives. Washington is still depressingly broken. Spending cuts are still politically repulsive. And only a handful of Republicans are seriously trying to fix the problem.
If the country is drunk on government spending, sequestration is a baby step towards the Brita filter. That’s it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?