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Republican Wimps

Posted on Jan 25, 2010

In case you forgot, this morning's Wall Street Journal reminds us that conservatives favor tough limits on government spending. But no matter how loud they sing this popular tune, it is all just prancing down the path of political least resistance. It is easy to be against government spending in the abstract aggregate, but when it comes to hard-knuckle specifics the public mood changes dramatically. So Republicans boldly propose cutting spending but sheepishly avoid details of where the axe will fall. Alternatively, they just offer a few symbolic token cuts that have no significant impact on the overall deficit.

Unless Republicans tell us with some specificity where the cuts should take place, their promises are empty. Below is one projection of how government will spend its money in fiscal year 2010. So, conservatives, what programs do you propose to cut? Until you are ready to take the political heat that goes along with being concrete, go back to playing with your dolls.

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