Here is everything you need to know about how serious Washington is about the deficit. This week, 100 Democrats voted for a bill that raised $4 trillion in taxes mostly from banks and millionaires; 300 Republicans voted for a bill that cut $3 trillion from low-income programs; and not even 40 people voted for a bill that both raised taxes and cut spending in a balanced manner. Who's afraid of a little class warfare? Not this Congress!
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that $3.3 trillion in Ryan's savings -- or 60% of the total cuts -- comes out of low-income programs. That onslaught is headlined by a $1 trillion reduction to Medicaid spending and $133 billion cut to food stamps, or SNAP. In February, the New York Times reminded me this morning, Romney said he's "not concerned about the very poor" since our safety net is adequate. One month later, he endorsed a $3 trillion cut to the safety net.
In the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin writes, "the
House budget and my own plan share the same path forward: pro-growth tax
cuts, getting federal spending under control and strengthening
entitlement programs for future generations." Strengthening, apparently, means different things to different people. The "strengthening" of SNAP amounts to $1,000 less food each year for poor families. Surely, they'll respond by starting a slew of small businesses.