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Subject:  Putting the 2.4% cut into perspective Date:  3/1/2013  12:27 AM
Author:  desertdaveataol Number:  417037 of 538851

To put cutting 2.4 percent from $3.5 trillion in government spending in perspective, let’s look at what a 2.4 percent cut to a family budget would look like. To reduce their spending by 2.4 percent, the average Texas family would need to:

- Run cars on 94.7 gallons of gasoline a month instead of 97 gallons per month

- Find $6 in savings from a $250 monthly grocery budget

- Look for ways to conserve $4.20 from a $175 monthly utilities bill

All working Americans had to figure out how to make ends meet with 2 percent less in their paychecks last month when the payroll tax expired. How is it that Washington can’t do the same?
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