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We will never learn. I don't even think we have the ballbearings to cut spending 1% across the board. It will never happen. __________________Decath, I have no doubt that we are close on our beliefs regarding the country as well as our doubts about getting there. My thinking is simply I want whatever we do, nominal or grandiose to be good. More importantly hard to reverse. An across the board cut, again from my personal experience, and frankly my own actions as a man with a budget. When faced with this type of action, you cut something that needs to be put back, otherwise the cut is permanent and your flexibility is limited. You cut something you can do without short term, that will bite you in the butt in a little bit and someone has to fund later. That is why I want program cuts, not stuff directors and agencies can doctor to work that way. Once you get rid of something, it is required to actually justify it to get it back, emasculate a program and it works poorly until it becomes a problem and it makes sense to make it actually work. That is my objection in particular to across the board cuts; Washington agreed to them in an emergency because they KNOW the above, and they can deal with a short term hit. We need to demand real action. Not make believe short term bandages; because bandages are great for a wound, but bad for an infection and out problem is infection.
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