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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 877 -- Global Warming? | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 879 -- Congress Ratchets Up Spending. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 878 -- Democrats Propose Only One Dollar In Spending Cuts For Every Fifty Dollars In New Spending.

Spend, Spend, Spend-

Congress keeps spending, without requisite offsets.

The National Taxpayers Union has the details:

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In the 22 months since the 111th Congress first convened, NTUF has read, reviewed, and researched nearly 10,000 pieces of legislation. We've developed cost estimates for 2,418 of them - this means that they could increase, or decrease, federal spending by at least $1 million on an annual basis - while the others had no cost or a cost estimate has not yet been obtained.

As the accompanying graph shows, NTUF scored 1,413 House bills as spending increases and 103 bills as spending cuts. In the Senate, there were 859 bills to increase spending and 43 bills to cut it.

There is a difference between the parties, however. Republicans have proposed far more spending cuts than spending increases-- more than two times more trimming than new spending-- while Pelosi's Democrats have only proposed one dollar of cutting for every 50 dollars in new spending:

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Both parties together, the House looks like this:

* Number of increase bills for each decrease bill: 13.7 to 1
* Spending increases per dollar cut: $6.21
* Percent of increases offset by cuts: 16.1%

The Senate is where Republicans could improve. In the Senate, Republicans are proposing more cuts than Democrats, yes, but their proposals would still result in net spending increases:

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There is a clear difference between the parties on fiscal responsibility. Senate Republicans, however, need to follow the lead of House Republicans when it comes to spending.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 11 October 2010 11:16 AM

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