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Numbers Games

Recorded on February 14, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Politicians in Washington, DC, are making everyone dizzy by throwing around numbers.

$100-billion in spending cuts. $1.1-trillion over ten years. Cutting the deficit in half.

They want to sound like they're cutting spending—but they don't all use the same definitions.

“Cutting the deficit” is NOT the same as reducing the size of government, because that's political code for raising taxes, not just cutting spending..

Talk about cutting the deficit in half is a trick. First they increased the deficit by a factor of four—so they're promoting a deficit twice as big as it was under President Bush.

The only thing that means reducing the size of government and not raising taxes is cutting spending below current levels—and doing it now, not later.

So beware the numbers games, and listen closely.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.