How to cut the budget and not feel a thing

  • Article by: Chicago Tribune Tribune , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: February 17, 2013 - 4:52 PM

Federal bureaucracies gamed line-by-line reductions in 2011.

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my4centsFeb. 17, 13 6:25 PM

I don't know all of the specifics regarding how these cuts could be claimed when nothing was truly cut. I do, however, wholeheartedly endorse this conclusion. In order to be assured that real cuts will be made - let the sequester remain and let the spending be slowed. If the sequester is allowed to continue, we had better see real spending cuts rather than more gimmicks. If not - every politician who is not making the truth be known should be voted out at the next opportunity.

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gandalf48Feb. 18, 13 8:27 AM

I agree, most of the time when the government talks about cuts they are simply lower increases in spending than anticipated. This article holds up some great examples of "cuts" that were already planned, bad ideas or never really going to happen (another census in 2011?). The sequester needs to happen because there is no other way to make cuts to government, the funds get shifted and the federal departments play games as shown in this article. The sequester is not much but hey, if government finally gets cut I'll be satisfied. BTW, I'll bet anyone that actual government spending will increase from one year to the next even if the sequester goes through.

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conniemercerFeb. 18, 13 8:38 AM

As usual, there are no real cuts. Liberal word games at play. When I cut my household budget I spend LESS than before. In the liberal household they spend more, but call it a cut because they just spent less than they really wanted to. Time to end the word games.

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regionguyFeb. 18, 1311:27 AM

I don't think this game is by any means limited to "liberals": the military is plenty guilty (as noted in the article). Nor is it limited to government: I have at times seen this same approach in private industry. I do wish the Strib would do analyses like thiS on our state and local governments, though.

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davidpalmerFeb. 18, 13 8:38 PM

The Federal Reserve is now printing(counterfeiting) $85 billion per month to "help" the economy. Most of this money goes to banks to invest. There is nothing to back up this "money". There is little doubt this will lead to hyperinflation which will hurt the average person. Worst case scenario is that the US becomes like Greece where the economy is in shambles due to excessive government debt. Democrats will not allow cuts to entitlements and other government programs and Republicans will not make needed cuts in defense . Sequestration s the tonic the economy needs.

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