Brace yourself for this surprising news: all those "deep spending cuts" hammered out in Washington were illusory. Wash Post: "Many 2011 federal budget cuts had little real-world effect."
In the real world, in fact, many of their “cuts” cut nothing at all. The Transportation Department got credit for “cutting” a $280 million tunnel that had been canceled six months earlier. It also “cut” a $375,000 road project that had been created by a legislative typo, on a road that did not exist.Washington is profoundly unserious abut reining in spending. Bring on the sequester.
At the Census Bureau, officials got credit for a whopping $6 billion cut, simply for obeying the calendar. They promised not to hold the expensive 2010 census again in 2011.
"These aren't the spending cuts you're looking for."