Republicans’ Latest Supercommittee Offer: $181 in Spending Cuts for Each $1 in Revenue Increases

November 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Republicans on the supercommittee have made a new offer that would reduce deficits by $640 billion over the next decade, according to news reports (here and here).  The Republican offer consists of roughly $542 billion in spending cuts and $3 billion in revenues, meaning the ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases in the plan is 181 to 1. These measures would also produce nearly $100 billion in debt-service savings.  Democrats promptly rejected the new Republican offer as unbalanced.

When one includes the $900 billion in discretionary spending cuts already enacted in the Budget Control Act, the plan’s total deficit reduction rises to about $1.445 trillion, and its ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases rises to 481 to 1.

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  1. Chetdude #

    Here’s how this latest diversion will play out…

    Super Committee will “fail” to reach agreement…they were never meant to…

    The corporate-funded Congress will make the “triggers” disappear before they ever kick in in 2013 (their funders, the corporate war profiteers would “lose out” on 600 Billion if the triggers DID kick in!)…

    And that’s the “best case” we can expect!

    As usual, follow the money…and the corruption that IS the current Federal Government…

    Kabuki Theater indeed…

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