Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Unkindest Cuts

The Republicans rode their way to the election win last November by demanding budget cuts; the mantra of the Tea Party is cut spending on everything. They now proudly proclaim it is “the will of the people.” That’s a nice slogan and it moves a lot of air, but when you ask people, as the Gallup poll did, about what they’d like to actually see cut, it gets a little murky.

Prior to the State of the Union address, a majority of Americans said they favor cutting U.S. foreign aid, but more than 6 in 10 opposed cuts to education, Social Security, and Medicare. Smaller majorities objected to cutting programs for the poor, national defense, homeland security, aid to farmers, and funding for the arts and sciences.

Tops on the list for things that the public said should be cut is foreign aid; after all, why should we send money to other countries when we should be spending it here, right? And besides, all the ungrateful bastards do is take it and train terrorists, right? Well, even if it was a good idea — which it is not — it would mean cutting a whopping one (1) percent from the budget.

That gives you an idea about how hard it’s going to be to do “the will of the people,” because when you get right down to actually doing it, they’re going to hate it.