According to the Washington Post:
Members of the conservative Republican Study Committee said the GOP must keep its campaign pledge to immediately slice at least $100 billion from non-defense programs, an effort that would require lawmakers to reduce funding for most federal agencies by a third over the next seven months. And the group called for even deeper cuts over the next decade to return non-defense spending to 2006 levels.
“One hundred billion dollars is the number the American people heard last fall. And, frankly, when you look at it in the context that there’s a $14 trillion debt, it seems to me we should be able to find $100 billion,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), chairman of the study committee, a group of economic and social conservatives whose ranks have swelled since the GOP won back control of the House in the November midterm elections.
The proposed cuts dig very deeply into systems that simply cannot take hits such as the VA, DHS, and DOD. The federal prisons would also lose thousands of workers:
According to Democratic estimates, cuts of that magnitude – if applied across the board – would require the Justice Department to fire 4,000 FBI agents and 1,500 agents at the Drug Enforcement Administration. The federal prison system would have to fire 5,700 correctional officers, the Agriculture Department would have to cut about 3,000 food safety inspectors, and the Head Start early-childhood education program would be forced to cut about 389,000 children from its rolls.
The American people really aren’t going to accept these kinds of cuts. You can’t put people in prison and have no guards. I wonder what will happen to all those border guards? The political sound byte ‘Stop Spending’ is only going to be good for someone else’s ox. A couple years of this crap and these folks will get sent packing. At what what point do we start considering public safety?
I just looked it up. I feel better. When I was a kid, we were at 80% of our GDP. Now we are at 62%. Should I be thinking things are looking up? Just an baby boomer perspective on the whole matter.
The real test will be how badly the voters really want to shrink national debt. I am betting once their personal ox starts getting gored in the budget cuts, they will not be pleased. The ‘Stop Spending’ crowd needs to figure out a way to convince the voters that all this budget slashing is a good thing, and that the resulting unemployment is a good thing. That’s not going to be an easy job.