The $17 billion cut is only half the size of George W. Bush's $34 billion in cuts from the 2008 budget.
So what exactly is being cut?
- Half of the $17 billion will come through cuts in defense spending. You read that right. In the middle of two wars and military flare-ups around the globe, the Obama administration sees fit to cut $9 billion from the defense budget.
- The other half comes from domestic programs.
- $400 million will be cut from a program that reimburses states for enforcing federal immigration laws.
- $66 million to entirely cut a literacy program for disadvantaged children and their parents.
Allow me to explain this like a liberal would if the president were a Republican proposing the same cuts. "Our buffoon of a president must feel threatened by school children who can read."
Now allow me to explain this like a conservative looking at a Democratic president. "Mr. President, you are proposing deficits that exceed the deficits of all the previous presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush combined and expect a 0.46% cut to actually help?"
The answer, of course, is that most of these cuts won't actually happen because the Democratic congress would never approve them. Correction: the democrats in congress would never allow for the non-defense cuts. They love cutting the military budget and undermining the country during a war.