October 3, 2013

SOMETIMES ACCEPTING THAT YOU WON IS THE HARDEST PART:

The GOP's Unheralded Victory on Spending (DAVID WESSEL, 10/03/13, WSJ)

The Republicans have mostly won the battle over government spending, but seem reluctant to declare victory.

Largely overlooked in arguing over Obamacare, the parliamentary maneuvering and Talmudic decisions about which government employees can come to work during the shutdown are a couple of stark facts:

Both parties in Congress are now arguing about funding the government for the current fiscal year at much lower levels than either President Barack Obama or Democrats wanted.

For the just-ended fiscal year, Republicans succeeded in keeping annually appropriated government spending down. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office says it was 1% below 2007 levels, adjusted for inflation (and excluding one-off items such as the war in Afghanistan and hurricane relief.)

Some Republicans are beginning to talk about this. "When you think about it, this is the first time since 1955 and 1956 that we've had actual declines in discretionary spending," Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) told my colleague Jerry Seib. ("Discretionary" is Washington-speak for that spending that requires annual approval.)


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