As the Cato Institute blog points out, if you're aiming to amputate billions of dollars off the budget, why keep defense spending off the operating table? I don't know that we should cut military spending in half, but it is fairly absurd for a party of fiscal conservatism to hold our military budget in such sacred esteem.
Matt Yglesias swats away one of the non-imaginary items, which would cut federal support for bike areas. While I agree with him that bikes are nice -- for the environment, for traffic congestion and for riders --I also think that Tim Fernholtz over at The American Prospect has the right idea that Democrats should take these suggestions seriously. Here are some that seem not crazy:
-Eliminate Wealthier Communities from the Community Development Block Grant Program -- $1.7 Billion
-Require Federal Agencies to Purchase Lowest Cost Vehicles
-Terminate Funding To Promote the Sale of Brand Name Food Products and Alcoholic Beverages (MAP) -- $71.5 Million
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