Just another day at the office for our elected leaders as they forgo the job of managing and leading our nation and resort to name calling and “blame-storming,” the practice of throwing names on a board until one of them strikes everyone as the perfect person to blame for the current mess.
Since my grasp of math is tenuous at best, I needed a simple way to understand these “draconian” cuts of $85 billion (with a b!) that will impact every man, woman and child and lead to mass starvation, expose us to foreign military attack and cause economic collapse. Or not.
The current federal budget (and yes, I know Congress hasn’t formally passed one in four years) is $3.8 trillion (with a t!). The sequestration cuts are $85 billion. Carry the zeros…it’s 2.4 percent and (I hope you are sitting down for this) that’s after the Federal Budget increased 8 percent year-to-year. So basically, these “horrible” cuts do nothing to reduce government spending and only cut the rate of growth from 8 percent to 6 percent.
While there is little argument that cutting like this may not be the best way to reign in federal spending, the claims of an “end of days” scenario are fantasy at best, just like the concept that Congress would ever cut anything voluntarily, especially if it cost any of them even one vote.
- Tech-related injuries your parents never experienced
- Workers comp: Signs your co-worker could be a fraud
- Who's the real founder of America's pastime?
- Epidemic rising? What you need to know about Alzheimer's in Arizona
- 5 unforgettable Wooden Award winners
- Family and hard work are keys to success of modern dairy farmers
- Genetic testing could hold answers for colon cancer survival
- Cold beers and baseball: A beer lover's guide to Spring Training
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates