Thursday, March 12, 2009

Kausfiles Minus Kaus, pt. 2

Wherein I remove whole sentences from context, and choose to engage Mickey as though he were referring to practical concerns, instead of frantically chasing the ghosts of the Great Society.

Actually cutting spending on specific programs, once it's been incorporated into the budget, is excruciatingly difficult at best.

That's a good point, Mickey! Federal defense spending has proven incredibly resilient, regardless of public opinion, even for the most useless and cost-inefficient projects. And there's more:

At some point, you run out of GDP, no? Every bilion [sic] dollars of low-priority government that Obama cements into the federal structure is a billion dollars he won't be able to spend on health care (and Social Security, and supplemental pensions) unless he raises taxes to pay for it. And there are limits, political and economic, to how much taxes can be raised. We don't want to reach them.

''Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

Good to know you agree, Mickey!