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  •  The "necessary" clause in this bill (0+ / 0-)

    presents enormous problems for rank-and-file Americans who assume "necessary" won't include the EPA or the Dept. of Education or foreign aid and don't believe they have a personal stake in whether some expenditures are considered "necessary" and others aren't.  

    Most people are certain the federal government's deficit affects the economy (although they couldn't tell you how), but that spending cuts to lower the deficit won't affect them personally.  It will be interesting to see how they react when they receive the next quarterly report on their pension fund stating the fund "earned" a certain level of interest, but the congress has decided not to pay it (even though the congress will have decided that paying the interest on accounts held by banks and foreign investors was "necessary")... or their vacation flights are cancelled because the FAA can't afford enough air traffic controllers to track all the planes in the sky... or they are getting salmonella poisoning because the FDA can't police the food supply.

    This congress (or at least the House) is also not above considering  defining transfer payments to the states as not "necessary."  I wonder how that will go over with the segment of the public screaming for deficit reduction now, Now, NOW.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:59:12 AM PST

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