I never take it seriously…

February 5th, 2011

…when doomsayers make dire predictions about what will happen if we cut government spending.

To understand why, cialis sales here try this simple thought experiment:

Let’s say this year we double government spending.

Then, one year later, we try to cut that new greatly-increased spending by 25%.

What do you think would happen?

Yep, the usual suspects would immediately start wailing about how all the children would starve and all the firemen would have to be fired.

We’ve all been getting by with less for more than two years. Now it’s time for the various levels of government to, in the words of America’s other first black President, “feel our pain.”

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. grumps  |  February 6th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    You forget several things.

    1) Rising energy costs make fuel and electricty costs rise every year.
    2) Commodities prices rise every year.
    3) Natural growth brings costs without necessarily bringing enough additional revenue to cover them
    4) You assume a vacuum in which no cuts had been made before and in which there are millions billions of “waste and fraud” just waiting to be slashed that no one ever saw before

    Your example seems to make sense because it’s such an egregious case but there are things that societies do that cost money. If we actually did what Governor Pipsqueak made an empty promise to do and asked every sector to contribute a fair share we wouldn’t be facing the choices we are.

  • 2. TerryN  |  February 6th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    You see, it’s never enough… You want fiscal responsibility? I’ll give you fiscal responsibility by cutting the police and firefighters first.

    Funny how the private sector manages to cut back in spite of rising costs.

  • 3. John Foust  |  February 6th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    There’s no consequence to endless growth! Just keep doubling! Build more roads, more subdivisions; it’s like magic, they pay for themselves! Who cares how much we spend on wars?

  • 4. TerryN  |  February 7th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    The economy will stop growing once the national debt is due. Is that the left’s strategy, assuming they have one?

  • 5. Debunked  |  February 7th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Do I really need to re-post the math showing that Republicans Presidents are responsible for over 70% of the national debt and Republican controlled congresses are responsible for over 50%?

    Or are you just being intentionally ignorant of any basis in reality when you claim the growing national debt is the “left’s strategy” ignoring, of course, that very few democrats could at all be considered left in any meaningful sense in the first place.

  • 6. TerryN  |  February 7th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    My intention was a sarcastic rebuttal to John’s comment. Spending and debt are products of both parties of big government.

  • 7. John Foust  |  February 8th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    That’s why TerryN pinned the blame on the left.

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