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No Left Turns



Michele Bachmann has called on the President to propose enough cuts to balance the budget for this year.  Okay.  Representative Bachmann voted for the Ryan budget, which cut 111 billion from the 2012 federal budget.  The 2012 Ryan budget resolution Bachmann voted for still had a 995 billion dollar deficit.  I would love to see the 995 billion dollars of cuts Bachmann wants in order to balance next year's Ryan budget without any tax increases.  Here are some of the Ryan budget's numbers to play with (in billions and please forgive the formatting):

Security                                                                            683

Global War on Terror                                                       118

Non-Security                                                                     485

Medicaid                                                                           259

Medicare                                                                           560

Social Security                                                                   760

Other Mandatory                                                               408

Net Interest                                                                       256

Bachmann is on record as wanting to "stay the course" in Afghanistan (and good for her), so there isn't much chance for savings in the 118 billion dollar GWOT category.  To be fair, Bachmann didn't call on herself to propose enough cuts to balance the budget in one year without any tax increases.  So it isn't like she is a hypocrite.

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