Mark Levin has already called the budget deal an “historic scam.” Now, respected website Business Insider and its number cruncher Joe Weisenthal have dubbed it a “gigantic fraud,“ while conservative cornerstone National Review calls it a ”fake.” And when you see the numbers, you might agree.
Weisenthal had a look at the analysis put out by National Journal (via the CBO) that says the total savings from the new deal (possible pun) are nowhere near the touted $38 billion. That number is only reached by numbers gimmicks. Rather, the number is closer to $352 million. NJ explains:
A comparison prepared by the CBO shows that the omnibus spending bill, advertised as containing some $38.5 billion in cuts, will only reduce federal outlays by $352 million below 2010 spending rates. The nonpartisan budget agency also projects that total outlays are actually some $3.3 billion more than in 2010, if emergency spending is included in the total.
The astonishing result, according to CBO, is the result of several factors: increases in spending, especially at the Defense Department; decisions to draw over half of the savings from recissions; and cuts to reserve funds and and money for mandatory-spending programs that might never have been spent.
via The Blaze.
- Republican Study Committee analysis of the CR deal (washingtonexaminer.com)
- CBO: Last week’s $38 billion budget deal only reduces this year’s deficit by … $352 million; Update: GOP leaders lobbying for votes (hotair.com)