February 4, 2005

Big and ugly...

In this Washington Times article, Republican lawmakers say President Bush's hope of cutting 150 government programs is laudable, but impossible...

..."They're talking about 150 [programs]. I think over a period of two or three years we got two [cuts], so I don't know what they're talking about," New Mexico Republican Sen. Pete V. Domenici said about the plan. "If they are talking about tiny, tiny programs, then maybe but we'll have to see."... (Thanks to Betsy N)

My guess is that we see here the well-known principle that a big bold unpopular program is often easier to pass than a small one. This could be like the military base-closing program. Or like the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, where Ridge first proposed a few sensible changes, and got lost in a blizzard of opposition. Bush told him to come back with a bigger bolder plan, and ask for everything he thought he needed, and then they would work to pass it. And so it happened.

Also, with several big bad proposals on the griddle, there's always the chance that one will slip through easily while the obstructionists are savaging the others.

The Democrat quoted in the article thinks we should roll-back the tax cuts. Ha ha ha. That's SO 2004....

Posted by John Weidner at February 4, 2005 7:34 AM
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