Happy holidays to the poor and elderly. Senate Republicans eked out a one-vote “victory” with help from the VP. They’re so proud that they are reducing the size of the federal government at the expense of those who can’t afford to buy votes. But, as usual, it’s only a bunch of smoke and mirrors:
WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled Senate passed legislation to cut federal deficits by $39.7 billion on Wednesday by the narrowest of margins, 51-50, with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the deciding vote…
…By themselves, the deficit cuts included in the five-year bill would amount to only 2.5 percent of projected shortfalls totaling $1.6 trillion [emphasis added] over the same time frame. Republicans said the significance lies in more than mere numbers, adding that programs such as Medicare and Medicaid threaten to consume an unsustainable amount of federal revenue if their growth is not trimmed quickly.
So let’s screw some poor old people — they’re probably Democrats, anyway — and make a bunch of noise about reducing the deficit. That’ll make the fiscal conservatives happy, and we’ll keep up the pressure on the gays to keep the fundies in line. Ho ho ho!