Washington's deficit-hawk pretenders

Even if the GOP's spending cuts are larger than Obama's, they would fritter away the proceeds on tax cuts and repealing health-care reform

The Obama administration's proposed spending freeze promises to reduce certain categories of government spending over the next decade by $400 billion. This is a bad idea. It will cut not fat, but muscle. It will leave our country worse off. So why cut important spending instead of scrapping unnecessary excess? The fat is jealously guarded by Senators from states with small populations. And Obama's spending freeze on non-defense discretionary spending targets the muscle.

By contrast, we do not know what the Republican House's long-term budget proposal would cut. They have not told us. Perhaps it will cut non-defense discretionary spending by a total of $800 billion over the next decade, relative to

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