14 to 18 Billion in earmarks is not worth fighting about because it's important that the $3.4 Trillion stimulus package gets passed because we need to move fast, and eh, it amounts to less than 2% of the overall spending proposition. Peanuts.
Put the shells over the issues and shuffle. Round and round she goes where she stops nobody knows. Lift up a shell. Hey! 18 Billion in budget cuts is a monumental accomplishment! This is real money and real savings to which the tax payer can take to heart.
Brotha puhlease! This is just another example of the re-distribution of wealth that the new regime is bent on. Cutting these existing programs is really just a transfer of pork from non-friends of the regime to friends of the regime.
Look for and demand the analysis of what is cut and what is the impact. Do they all make sense? Maybe. or maybe it's just a shift in pet projects. Stay tuned. We are on this!