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This kind of thing is why people are always reaching for the name "Ramesh Ponnuru" when asked to name conservative pundits worth reading. As Scott Lemieux says "this is the central purpose of the Porkbusters campaign: to make difficult choices magically disappear, especially where the Iraq War is concerned." As Ponnuru points out, the world simply doesn't work like that. Conservatives either want to cut some major programs with substantial constituencies, or else they don't really want to cut spending -- pork is neither here nor there in big picture budgetary terms.