A reduction of an increase is not a “spending cut”

| August 31, 2009
Now imagine what fraction of that tiny blue dot is the 0.4% cut.

Now imagine what fraction of that tiny dot is the 0.4% "cut".

Conservatives have long complained that liberals screaming about “massive cuts” in government programs are actually talking about reducing the hard-wired growth of spending — that is (for example), a plan to limit the year-over-year growth of a welfare program to, say, 8% instead of 10% is a “cut”.

With that context, I guess you can say that the (very liberal) Obama administration is at least being consistent:

Citing the current economic recession — and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks eight years ago — President Obama says he will use emergency powers to cut the programmed across-the-board January increase in federal employees’ pay from 2.4 percent to 2.0 percent, according to a letter he sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday.

There is no “cut” here. Unlike most workers in the private sectors, federal workers will be getting an automatic (non-merit-based) 2% increase in salary. They were scheduled to get a 2.4% increase, but, hey, we all have to make sacrifices. Of course, the alleged budget savings of this “cut” will likely be offset by the growth in the federal workforce under the Obama administration. ..bruce w..

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Category: 2010 Election, Main, Obama Administration, Sea of deficits

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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