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Budget Blowhards

So the House GOP is already breaking that campaign pledge to cut $100 billion in “waste”:

On Tuesday, aides to Mr. Ryan and Mr. Boehner blamed Democrats’ failure to pass the regular appropriations bills for fiscal year 2011 for forcing Republicans to reduce their goal to perhaps $50 billion to $60 billion.

“House Republicans will continue to work to reduce spending for the final six months of this fiscal year — bringing nonsecurity discretionary spending back to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels — yielding taxpayers significant savings and starting a new era of cost cutting in Washington,” said Conor Sweeney, communications director for Mr. Ryan.

Get that? Democrats not finishing the budget somehow prevents Republicans from making cuts. Just say “stimulus” and “bailout” and presto, it’s all Obama’s fault. Meanwhile, the White House is about to announce $100 billion in Pentagon budget cuts. And there’s this chart, via John Cole, that says we could be almost back to “pre-stimulus/bailout” levels just by not extending the Bush tax cuts Republicans worked so hard to preserve.

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