We’re Talking About Pennies, Folks
So when Panetta puts out this number, 800,000 civilian workforce employees furloughed, it just isn’t true. We’re talking about $44 billion of cuts this year.
I can’t think of an analogy that illustrates how insignificant that is in relationship to our entire annual budget, but it’s pennies, folks. And yet we’re getting this never-ending, panic-mongering, fear-mongering, end-of-the-day, end of-the-world stuff, and we’re talking about $44 billion. Forty-four billion is a rounding error on the spreadsheet. It’s not even $85 billion we’re talking about this year. It’s $44 billion.
Grab audio sound bites 22, 23. Rand Paul was on Anderson Cooper last night on CNN. You gotta hand it to Rand Paul. He’s out there explaining the sequester only cuts the rate of growth. That’s another thing. These are not actual cuts. They’re not cuts from a zero baseline, they are cuts, they are reductions in the rate of growth. We’re actually gonna still end up spending more money than we did last year, not what was projected, is all. Less than what was projected by baseline budgeting.
Wolf Blitzer says, “All right, Senator Paul, are the Republicans willing to compromise to protect vital investments in education and health care?” Do you people in the media wonder why it is that we — are the Republicans willing to compromise to protect vital investments in education and health care? What, did Obama write the question for you, Wolf? Did the White House write the question, vital investments in education, health care, national security, and all the jobs? And here’s what Rand Paul said.