Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Poor word choice

"Obama launched his budget-paring effort when he told his Cabinet last week to find $100 million in savings -- less than one-tenth of 1 percent of his $3.55 trillion budget . . . Congress is likely to pass a fiscal 2010 budget blueprint later this week that increases nondefense discretionary spending, or the popular programs for which lawmakers can adjust spending easily, by at least 7 percent, one of the biggest single-year increases since the 1960s. Obama, citing the national economic emergency, wants a 10.1 percent increase next year."


When Congress wants to increase nondefense discretionary spending by at least 7 percent, and Obama wants a 10.1 percent increase, and then they want to cut less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the increased bloated total, the phrase "budget-paring" is not an accurate description of the cuts. "Negligible" or "minimal" would be more accurate.

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