Budget cuts too small for many conservatives

“The latest CBO revelation outstrips even what the cynics might have predicted,” said David Eastman, Alaska GOP regional chairman and Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute. “It now appears that those of us who have long been critical of the numbers cited by congressional spin masters were really steadfast optimists all along.”

The $38 billion cut, “if accurate, would amount to less than a 1.1 percent cut,” Mr. Cardenas said. “We supported the congressional Republicans’ original $100 billion cut proposal and would have reluctantly stayed quiet on a $60 billion cut. But this $38 billion number is inadequate on its face, never mind the concerns raised by the analysis of where these cuts are being allocated.”

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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


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