John Boehner Mocked His Deficit Reduction Plan Before He Proposed It

Rep. John Boehner in a speech today: "When Congress returns, we should force Washington to cut non-defense discretionary spending to 2008 levels - before the 'stimulus' was put into place. This would show Washington is ready to get serious about bringing down the deficits that threaten our economy.""Given Washington Democrats' unprecedented spending binge, this is like announcing you're going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest."

Rep. Boehner did not mention any other spending cuts in his speech that would affect more than 0.1 percent of the budget.*

*Update: Boehner did not mention anything more than 0.1 percent cut in his central four-point "plan to break the ongoing uncertainty." But he does reference Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to immediately lock in $1.3 trillion in cuts:

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Republicans on the House Budget Committee, led by Congressman Paul Ryan, have already identified $1.3 trillion in specific spending cuts that could be implemented immediately. These are common-sense steps - like canceling unspent 'stimulus' and TARP bailout funds - that put the brakes on Washington's out-of-control spending spree."

Rep. John Boehner's spokesperson in January when President Obama proposed freezing non-defense discretionary spending in 2010 for three years, which would have brought it in line with 2008 levels:

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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