Here are some points of interest I’ve found recently from some articles by Jackie Calmes and Nicholas D. Kristof regarding the new speaker of the House John Boehner’s ‘$100 billion pledge’: 

  • House Republican leaders are so far not specifying which programs would bear the brunt of budget cutting, only what would escape it: spending for the military, domestic security and veterans.
  • The reductions that would be required in the remaining federal programs, including education and transportation, would be so deep — roughly 20 percent on average — that Senate Republicans have not joined the $100 billion pledge that House Republicans, led by the incoming speaker, Representative John A. Boehner, made to voters before November’s midterm elections.
  • “If you look in areas like education, if it was applied across the board it would mean eight million students would have their Pell grants reduced by an average of $700,” Mr. Jacob Lew, Obama’s budget director, said.
  • many economists would argue that immediate federal spending cuts of this size, especially on top of cuts and layoffs in the cities and states, would threaten the economy’s recovery and offset any stimulus from the tax cut deal Republicans and Mr. Obama reached just weeks ago.
  • The United States spends nearly as much on military power as every other country in the world combined, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. It says that we spend more than six times as much as the country with the next highest budget, China.
  • The intelligence community is so vast that more people have “top secret” clearance than live in Washington, D.C.
  • For the cost of one American soldier in Afghanistan for one year, you could build about 20 schools.

Does the GOP actually understand anything about economics? How many Republican politicians, hell just any politicians even, have ever taken anything past ECON 102? They want to null the vastly overstated effects of humanrobot tax cuts they just stamped their feet about getting passed? The ones that really do nothing except create a loophole for the rich and keep our deficit much higher than it should be?

That absurdity aside, that brings me to the original bit I pulled from the article—that spending for the military and domestic security are untouchable. WHY?! We have been in two wars since 2001, nearly 10 years! And the cost of that combined has been upwards of $3TRILLION, and continuing to climb each day. They say defense is off limits, but they have not stated what the areas they are willing to make cuts to (except the $35 million from House lawmakers’ office budgets they just passed). I heard an interview on NPR with Mr. Boehner the other day and he would not answer what areas he wants to cut spending in, he merely replied every time he was asked the question by saying, “We’ll see what areas when it goes to discussion in the House.” He campaigned under this ‘pledge to America’ to cut $100billion from the budget, yet he’s not even willing to discuss it. And he even said in that same interview that, “campaigning and governing are two different things.” Way to set an example for all the kids in this world who want to be politicians.

Republicans: You want to cut $100billion from the budget? END THE ENDLESS WAR! I do not want to live in a country that is continually at war. Those are not my beliefs on foreign diplomacy. Keep money in education, scientific research, transportation, healthcare, unemployment benefits, things this country actually needs to grow and climb out of this hole that your very party created while on watch for 8 detrimental years. Fix your wrongs—this is your opportunity to show that America’s politicians are not just ruthless humanrobots who only want to send our men off to die for oil and to keep their own pockets filled.

President Dwight Eisenhower gave the strongest warning on an America that was continually at war: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”