Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Ha-ha funny

Read the unfunny article first: House Republicans Outline Budget Cuts. Actually, it's kind of funny, but not ha-ha funny. I say this because a) they don't *actually* outline the cuts. They just say they're going to cut $100B from the federal budget, except for the sacred cows of defense and national security. Except when you take those things out, everything else would have to be cut by 20%+ in order to amount to $100B. And what are they going to cut from those programs, exactly? The same tired line of "waste, fraud and abuse." Which, now that I think about it, I actually do find ha-ha funny at times, because every time I see it, I remember this one interview with a Republican't where they were asked "Tell me, exactly, what you would cut from the budget - and don't say 'waste, fraud and abuse.'" After a very long (4-second) pause, they replied "Well, we're going to cut the waste, fraud, and abuse." Oh, and there's a b). You can't have an a) without a b). So b) If you are so adamant about eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, don't you think you'd have a better shot of actually finding $100B worth of it if you looked for it in the largest part of our budget?? I'm pretty sure the DoD is not meticulously tracking every penny while the DoE is lighting cigars with $100 bills.

Once you're done yelling at your monitor, you can read Dave Barry's 2010 Year in Review, which is unambiguously ha-ha funny.

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