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  •  Not true for budgeting. (1+ / 0-)
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    "current laws and current policy" is a moving target at this point.
    There are laws, and rules, about baseline budgeting.  I linked to a discussion of that.  If you are going to do a federal budget, and you deviate from the law in your federal budget, you need to make that clear or you are being dishonest.  

    You can make any assumption you want, but it's clear that, unless you specify otherwise, people are going to assume that your baseline is what the law says your baseline must be.  So, if you don't use the baseline that the law requires in baseline budgeting, and you don't tell people that when you put your budget out there, you are being dishonest.

    When Senator Murray said her budget "cut $1.85 trillion" she needed to qualify it by saying, "assuming that we have turned off the sequester and put $1 trillion back in the budget."  By not making that qualification, by remaining silent about any changes to the baseline, she was giving conveying that the $1.85 trillion in cuts was off the baseline set forth in law and used by the CBO.    That was not honest.  

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