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The Five-Year Spending Freeze

By on 1.25.11 | 8:27PM

This proposal is a farce. Just like Republican versions of the same, it exempts the biggest categories of federal spending and requires broad budget caps touching every domestic discretionary program to be sustained for a longer period of time than we can realistically expect of Washington. There's a benefit to the Rand Paul approach of beginning to cut spending and abolish programs now.

Worse, Obama is proposing to freeze federal spending at the elevated levels to which he has increased it. The Republicans have at least wanted to go back to 2008 levels while the Republican Study Committee has suggested 2006 -- still too high and still with all the problems endemic in this "freeze" approach, but at least while making an attempt to roll back the Obama discretionary spending increases.

Remember when George H.W. Bush called for a "flexible freeze" on spending back in 1988? If you skate on a flexibly frozen pond, you'll probably drown.

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