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Had to get this off my chest. It's a comment turned diary that was meant for another diary that down played the Sequestration because entitlements are exempt.

First of all - I don't support "entitlement" cuts (assume quotation marks the rest of the diary). They suck. Please don't accuse me of that.

But I've noticed that folks on the Left tend to treat entitlements like religious sacraments while ignoring all of the other federal programs that make a huge difference in people's lives.

We have cut domestic discretionary spending down to the bone. These are important programs.

These programs may not receive SHOCK headline coverage on the Huffington Post when someone proposes cuts, but these programs collectively make have a significant impact. Many are responsible for revitalizing urban and rural communities that are overrun by crime and hopelessness or that have lost jobs overseas. Many help small businesses or middle class families access credit because banks won't do it. Others help enforce our regulatory system - a system that - while not sexy - protects the environment, worker safety, and infrastructure. Many other programs support long term American priorities by funding things public transit and scientific research.

Entitlements should be protected from cuts that take money out of the pockets of Americans. Maybe we can find additional savings and reforms for Medicare and Medicaid, but Social Security - a meager subsidy for the elderly - should be off the table.

But let's not forget (or let the President forget) that the government does much more than administer entitlement programs. Domestic discretionary spending is incredibly important.


Which program or category of spending MOST deserves a bump in funding?

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, Pluto


    by Mark Warner is God on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:26:52 AM PST

  •  good to see you! (1+ / 0-)
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    and you make an excellent point:  i think we all agree on the importance of head start, for example, but it would be endangered by the sequester.

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:36:51 AM PST

  •  Thanks for making this important point. I was (0+ / 0-)

    surprised to learn from Robert Reich, yesterday that about 1/3 of our post-Bush deficit spike, after Clinton's surpluses was cause by excess tax cuts equal to 2% of GDP, about a 1/3 from a near doubling of 'total military spending" (Don't just look at plot of "base defense spending" but the $500 billion/year extra in Total military" which includes intelligence, veterans pensions, (which I support), and foreign aid, and the decreased tax revenue and increase safety net spending (including unemployment) due to the economic Great Recession.

    So, if we are serious about deficit reductions, our primary focus must be  to replace missing tax revenue, restore defense spending to previous ratios, and stimulate jobs and the economy to store tax revenues, and reduce safety net spending.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:04:35 AM PST

  •  Cut the MIC and the Security State (0+ / 0-)

    We need to be on offense about cutting Defense instead of arguing over which of our own programs we want to cut.

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