The Republican solution would keep the sequestration's lower spending levels in place, yes, but it would also give federal agencies the ability to determine where and what to cut.
The new plan would fund the government at the levels dictated by the sequestration, which cuts two percent ($85 billion) out of planned growth, but it would give the Obama administration the ability to program the cuts at their discretion.
The oh-so-threatening "arbitrary" budget cuts would no longer be arbitrary. The "meat cleaver" would shatter like glass, and our political leaders would have to decide what they can live without, much like Americans are doing every day at their kitchen tables, as they try to figure out what they can and can't afford.
The reality is, $85 billion is a relatively small number when it comes to the federal budget.
For example, the Department of Transportation only needs to cut about 2 percent, or just $1 billion of its $55 billion budget under sequestration. In the Republicans' plan, if the DOT does not have to apply the cuts uniformly to every program, they could cut $1 billion from other department budgets without eliminating jobs or cutting services that hurt Americans.
Think of it this way... It's the same as telling a worker who makes $500 a week, "Show me how you could save $10 this week."
Similarly, someone who makes $3000 per month would only need to cut $60 a month in expenses.
If we can do it, so can our government.
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