reason to reject Boehner's plan
But it turns out his numbers were a bit off. Instead of cutting the $1.2 trillion Boehner claims his bill would cut, the Congressional Budget Office just released an analysis showing it cuts $850 billion. That's a $350 billion difference—nearly one-third the total amount he claimed to have cut. Even when CBO used Boehner's staff preferred baseline, the cut was $1.1 trillion.
Now as far as I'm concerned, it's sort of funny that Boehner sucks at math (or maybe that he's just a big liar), but let's engage in a bit of concern trolling for a moment and consider what already-skittish House Republicans will think when they find out about this report.
They're going to find out that instead of voting for a $1.2 trillion spending cut, they'd be supporting an $850 billion spending cut. (The horrors!) And instead of giving themselves something to brag about to their teabagger base, they'll be opening themselves up to a challenge from a nutcase like Christine O'Donnell. So instead of voting for a bill that's already doomed in the Senate and would be vetoed even if it weren't, a lot of these guys will just say no, and spare Harry Reid and Barack Obama the hassle. And that's just fine by me.