March 29, 2011

...AND REDDER...:

Part of the Budget Fight: Picking a Bad Guy (JACKIE CALMESand CARL HULSE, 3/28/11, NY Times)

Already resigned to a final budget for this year that cuts deeply into domestic spending, Democrats in the White House and Congress are struggling to regroup behind a strategy to limit the reductions — or to set up House Republicans for blame if the current standoff shuts down the government. [...]

Even many Democrats believe that House Republicans have gotten the better of the antispending, antigovernment argument. [...]

Yet Democrats’ willingness to make significant cuts in current year federal spending, even if too few by Republicans’ standards, underscores a point that Republicans have been making since their gains in last November’s midterm elections: The budget debate has fundamentally shifted from whether to cut to how much.

In decades past, bipartisan budget agreements generally were balanced between spending cuts and more tax revenues. But Democratic leaders have not pressed for raising taxes, only for cutting them for lower- and middle-income workers.


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