Quotes from Washington Post’s Fact Checker:
“We’ve already proposed $41 billion in cuts. So for the Republicans to say we’re not cutting anything, they’re being disingenuous and unfair and really not very truthful.”
–Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), Feb. 23, 2011
“The fact is that Democrats stand ready to meet the Republicans halfway on this. That would be fair.”
— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), March 3, 2011
“We are also prepared to put out specifics that will move another over $6 billion closer — so that we will have met them halfway — essentially split the difference between the president’s request and [the GOP cuts in] H.R. 1.”
— Gene B. Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, March 3, 2011
“We have met them halfway, which in many ways is a perfect definition of an attempt to compromise.”
— White House press secretary Jay Carney, March 2, 2011
What I refer to as “government math” has been a problem for a LONG time, it is not new. How much did they pay for a screw, back in the 1980s? It seems the government really has no clue when it comes to budgets, math, taxes, and heck the American people. They just make up numbers, and simply do not care about the consequences. The government suffers from a severe myopic disorder!
Currently the Republicans are pushing for $61 billion in cuts. Yet all the democrats are allowing is about $10 billion, yet they are claiming they are meeting republicans 1/2 way. For the rest of us 1/2 of $61billion would be 30.5 billion.. not 10billion. So how can democrats support what they are saying, they are using imaginary numbers. The democrats are referring to spending obama planned to do. This would be like saying you saved $50k by NOT buying that additional car that you did not need in the first place, rather than saying you would be another $50k in debt for buying it .. this folks is government math.
Washington Post: So what is Reid talking about when he says Democrats have already proposed $41 billion in cuts? He’s talking about the difference between what Obama proposed last year — and was never enacted — and 2010 spending. Or, to put it another way, he’s talking about cutting spending that never happened.
Washington Post: Instead, the Democrats have offered just over $10 billion — the $4 billion in the stop-gap measure and the $6.5 billion announced late Thursday. Republicans have proposed $61 billion, so the gap between the two parties remains wide indeed.
I did double-check Merriam Webster to confirm the definition of half still means what we were taught in school, it is not a fraction.. it is an equal part!
Definition of HALF
1a : either of two equal parts that compose something; also : a part approximately equal to one of these