…is all of it.
1) The GOP is just as guilty of allowing taxes to increase. They set the sunshine on the Bush tax cuts and plenty of them voted to raise taxes in January.
2) “America” didn’t take anything back yesterday. The sequester is a creature of both parties (plenty from each party voted for it) and it’s not as if spending is decreasing; it’s still going up.
Reuters recently reported that staffers at the White House claimed the spending cuts* set to be effective in March would harm Americans. Among the affected programs are “law enforcement, small business assistance, food safety and tax collection.” Yeah, tax collection.
No doubt the IRS offices in question will be those processing tax refunds, since that’s the only conceivable way in which cuts to tax collection could possibly hurt any of the citizens. The other items on this list aren’t any more crucial either.
Take so-called law enforcement. Presumably there would be fewer arrests or prosecutions for drug offenses, and immigrants could be deported at lower rates. These two issues represent nearly half of all federal law enforcement activities, if judged on the basis of incarceration, so cuts should be welcome.
As for small business assistance, the single greatest thing the federal government could do would be to get out of the way. A vast amount of wealth is never realized for small businesses thanks to the enormous taxing and regulating activities carried out by federal bureaucrats. Again, rolling these back would only help the situation.
That the USDA and FDA, two of the agencies responsible for regulating the food supply, would be given reduced budgets ought to be cause for celebration. Maybe then peaceful farmers can go about their business selling to willing buyers without the threat of their SWAT teams getting in the way.
This was a preview of the president’s address on Tuesday, in which he warned that other crucial services would be subject to cuts, should congress not act within the month. Again, there’s no reason to fear these non-cuts, except to the extent we won’t get our money back. The $85 billion reduction in growth represents roughly $586 per tax payer, or somewhere close to $275 for every man, woman, and child.
*Not actual cuts.