Monday, February 07, 2005

I am shocked, shocked that there is this much waste...

In the federal budget. 150 programs are going to be eliminated or
"vastly scaled back."

I think it will be incredibly interesting to see how much of this is
slashed in the end. In particular, Feingold was on Q&A last night (not
at all interesting or exciting) talking about cutting the deficit. We
will see if he was being sincere or just paying lip service. I want to
see if he'll support ending the federal funding for Amtrak, basically
killing the program if I read their financial situation correctly.

The other interesting political fight to watch will be the cuts to farm
subsidies. Practically speaking it makes sense, paying farmers to rot
their crops and dump their milk has never made sense to me, from a
consumer standpoint. Already the leftists are making their age old
pitch "You're hurting farmers while giving tax cuts to your "fat cat"

"This budget is part of the Republican plan to cut Social Security
benefits while handing out lavish tax breaks for multimillionaires,"
said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

I have to believe that the dems understand this argument isn't working
anymore, since almost all taxpayers in America got a break from this
president. It seems they haven't had a chance to get the spin machine
revved up and pumping out more "personal account's are like Vegas
gambling" style lies.