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Posted at 5:02 PM ET, 02/10/2011

The GOP's budget cuts in one table

By Ezra Klein

Remember that post I did today on the need to annualize the GOP's budget cuts? Turns out the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a table doing exactly that:

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That's a bit difficult to read, so here's what you're looking at. The first column of numbers are the funding levels of Congress decided not to change anything. The second are the cuts, expressed as a percent of total annual funding, in the GOP's proposal. The third column are those same cuts, but with the percentage adjusted because the cuts have to be implemented over a few months rather than a full year.

More here.

By Ezra Klein  | February 10, 2011; 5:02 PM ET
Categories:  Budget  
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Comments

How do these levels compare to 2008 levels?

Posted by: jnc4p | February 10, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

A 3.0% cut in discretionary spending?

That's it?

Posted by: justin84 | February 10, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

When they start to take steps to zero out all the crop support programs (e.g., farmer's welfare) and replace it with private sector crop insurance programs, I will become a true believer (of course pigs will fly at that point in time as well).

Posted by: agoldhammer | February 10, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

That's it? No defense cuts really? Sad. Still not serious

Posted by: visionbrkr | February 10, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

FYI, the House Appropriations Committee chairman announced this afternoon that the committee will be revising the reductions to meet with $100 B goal (when compared to the president's FY11 request).

Posted by: mlgillman1 | February 10, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

A good start.

Posted by: krazen1211 | February 10, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

A good start.

Posted by: krazen1211 | February 10, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"When they start to take steps to zero out all the crop support programs (e.g., farmer's welfare) and replace it with private sector crop insurance programs, I will become a true believer ."

Private insurance is vastly less efficeint then government insurance. Government insurance in health care has around 20% lower administration costs. government home insurance is about 30% more efficeint, and government unemployment insurance is around 40% more efficient.

Posted by: Hamtree | February 10, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

"A good start."

You think cutting investments in Community health centers which were projected to save the country billions of dollars a year is a good start?
You think cutting spending on preventative health care for children is a good start?
You think cutting energy efficiency investments which save money by allowing us to use less energy is a good start?
You think cutting job training in a period of near double digit unemployment is a good start?
You think cutting public transportation which is less costly then cars/roads, requires less energy, and lowers congestion is a good start?
You think taking thousands of cops off the streets is a good start?
You think cutting spending for food safety is a good start?
You must think a finished job is the destruction of America

Posted by: Hamtree | February 10, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"A good start."

You think cutting investments in Community health centers which were projected to save the country billions of dollars a year is a good start?
You think cutting spending on preventative health care for children is a good start?
You think cutting energy efficiency investments which save money by allowing us to use less energy is a good start?
You think cutting job training in a period of near double digit unemployment is a good start?
You think cutting public transportation which is less costly then cars/roads, requires less energy, and lowers congestion is a good start?
You think taking thousands of cops off the streets is a good start?
You think cutting spending for food safety is a good start?
You must think a finished job is the destruction of America

Posted by: Hamtree | February 10, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

We don't want to invest in rural development. We also don't want to invest in urban development. We want to invest in....blowing up Iraq and Afghanistan? I don't get it.

Try again.
Defense cuts if you're serious.

Posted by: knoelle11 | February 10, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Putting Transportation and HUD together makes it hard to interpret what is getting done to Transportation, which is funded from gasoline taxes that MUST be used for Transportation only, and MUST be used. Cutting Transportation means that the R's are back to playing Reaganite games, trying to use gas taxes to cover holes in the budget.

Can you break Transportation out by tax funds and general revenue funds?

Posted by: ceflynline | February 10, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

It would also be nice to know what the cuts in VA and military construction came from.

Bet that it is VA treatment. Good Republicans, strong on starting wars, not so good at caring for the wounded from those wars.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 10, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"You think cutting investments in Community health centers which were projected to save the country billions of dollars a year is a good start?
You think cutting spending on preventative health care for children is a good start?
You think cutting energy efficiency investments which save money by allowing us to use less energy is a good start?
You think cutting job training in a period of near double digit unemployment is a good start?
You think cutting public transportation which is less costly then cars/roads, requires less energy, and lowers congestion is a good start?
You think taking thousands of cops off the streets is a good start?
You think cutting spending for food safety is a good start?"


Yep. We made do with less spending in all these areas not so long ago.

This program should be coupled with the repeal of the Medicaid program.

Posted by: krazen1211 | February 10, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse


I have read somewhere on the news that something like "Wise Health Insurance" is offering lowest health insurance rate for low and middle income families so search online and find them.

Posted by: johnnypune | February 11, 2011 6:45 AM | Report abuse

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