“The Murray-Ryan agreement limits discretionary spending to $1.014 trillion for FY 2015. That is better than allowing sequestration to continue, but it was a huge concession. The Murray-Ryan deal cut FY 2015 discretionary spending well below the pre-sequester levels Congress agreed to in the Budget Control Act, which was negotiated to end the debt limit standoff in 2011. The Murray-Ryan deal even cut spending by more than Rep. Ryan originally called for in the budget he wrote after Republicans took over the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections.
Looking back a few years, the Murray-Ryan deal is an even bigger cut. If Congress had simply frozen spending at the levels enacted for FY 2010, adjusting only for inflation, discretionary programs would have received about 17 percent more funding in FY 2015 than they will under the Murray-Ryan deal. And President Barack Obama’s budget for FY 2011 called for over 20 percent more discretionary spending in FY 2015 than the Murray-Ryan deal provides.”
Notice how the argument is not that less money is being spent but that less money than was projected to be spent is proposed to be spent. We never see the Marxist/Progressives discuss the validity of the spending; in other words is the program a good program, is what we are cutting simply waste and fraud or should we be getting rid of duplicate programs. The Marxist/Progressives always argue it is good to spend more and bad to spend less regardless of waste, fraud, need or duplication.
A true and honest budget process would analyze the reasons for the spending and then look at the amount. Sadly, we must be fair, after all we are conservatives. In a fair and objective analysis of this problem, many Republicans must also be blamed for doing nothing about waste, fraud and duplication of the out of control bureaucracy. I have heard this matter discussed and criticized by members of both parties for as long as I can remember. Never the less the problem just keeps getting worse. That tells me these elected people do not take the problem seriously or do not care about the consequences or both. Since these representatives and senators have been elected by the American people, we must place the blame on the American people. It was Thomas Jefferson who said “Freedom is lost gradually by an uninterested, uninformed and uninvolved people.”