Yes, Rand Paul, I mean you. Rand Paul and some others want to reduce the total Federal budget slowly by 1 or 2% per year. Doesn’t sound like much does it, but at the same time the total is getting smaller, they propose a radical shift in the component parts of that budget. The military budget will grow at the same time that safety net programs shrink dramatically. The military will receive a larger slice of a smaller pie leaving only crumbs for the rest of government. Just say no to Rand Paul and his budgetary deceptions.
Be not afraid. The fiscal cliff is a not a cliff; it is more a fiscal bump in the road. Do not let the economic ignorance of some or the hidden agenda of others (mostly GOP and the 1%) dampen your holiday season. Large numbers will be bandied around to scare the unwary. $1 trillion dollars over 10 years is only $8.3 billion per month or $275 million per daily. Certainly not to be sneezed at, but only a small portion of the total Federal budget.
January 1, 2013, is the date the effects of the fiscal cliff are to begin. However, any laws that Congress passes and the President signs can be back dated to January 1 no matter when agreement is finally reached, whether that is in January, February, March or later. Enjoy President Obama’s re-election and the holidays and ignore gloomy pundits on the tube. Harry Reid intends to reform the filibuster in the Senate, and the TEA Party in the House is reduced in number.
- Editorial: The Fiscal Cliff Opener (nytimes.com)
- Put up or shut up time for Congress, Obama on fiscal cliff (sacbee.com)
- Fiscal cliff: Impasse on tax rates is big hurdle (sacbee.com)
- Republicans Promise to Throw America Off the Fiscal Cliff (alternet.org)