Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Not even Krugman's buying Obama's spending cuts plan
New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman reacts to President Barack Obama’s $100 million spending cut:
“pretty soon, even here in Washington, it adds up to real money,” says the president.
Except, you know, really it doesn’t. Let’s say the administration finds $100 million in efficiencies every working day for the rest of the Obama administration’s first term. That’s still around $80 billion, or around 2% of one year’s federal spending.
OK, politics is theater. But you could argue that the president shouldn’t feed the bogus claim that we can close fiscal gaps by eliminating a bit of waste.