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  1. So how come this logic doesn’t apply to the Balanced Budget Amendment, which you have suggested would require cuts that are too drastic?

  2. Todd Mason

    1946 tells us nothing. The takeaway is the same as it has been. Boehner passed on attractive spending reduction offers made by Obama in 2011, betting that the Rs could reclaim the WH. He lost. Now he wants best 2 of 3 even though the Rs will take the fall again.

    1. Lock Piatt

      Silly argument – the President has shown zero leadership on the economy since he was elected – if you think not show some evidence of actions – the Stimulus was a $ 850 billion dollar bail out of the State and local Governments UNION pension funds – just like AIG or Wall Street. He can lie but he can not hide the truth will show up soon.

    2. “Boehner passed on attractive spending reduction offers made by Obama in 2011,”

      That’s just dishonest. Boehner passed when Obama came back to him at the last minute demanding more taxes.

      But at a critical juncture, with an agreement tantalizingly close, Obama pressed Boehner for additional taxes as part of a final deal — a miscalculation, in retrospect, given how far the House speaker felt he’d already gone.

      1. Last sentence was supposed to be in quotes. oops.

  3. Since the sequester doesn’t actually cut spending, but only reduces the amount by which government spending increases, we can look at the ‘increase that doesn’t happen’ as the functional equivalent of stimulus spending that doesn’t take place. Since there is no real economic growth from deficit-funded stimulus spending, consistency dictates that the absence of debt-funded stimulus spending should not have a negative impact on the economy.

  4. Is defense spending not stimulus?All of Reagens defense spending baseline increases from the 81 budget hit the economy in early 83 like a Keynesian style rocket.Look up the GDP archives from the early 1980’s.Defense spending in the late seventies was pretty weak didn’t add much to growth.Durable goods orders from defense added a lot of growth to GDP in Reagens first term.The Cold War was on,and Reagen wasn’t messing around.

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