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Budget Truths

Recorded on April 5, 2011

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

As Washington stumbles toward a budget showdown, several truths should be remembered.

First, a so-called shutdown would involve only about one-fourth of federal workers.  Mail would still get delivered, as would Social Security checks; the military and federal law enforcement stay at work, as would air traffic controllers.

Next, the spending cuts that Democrats call extreme are only 1 and a half percent of the overall budget.  Not exactly gigantic.  But that proposed $61-billion is tiny compared to the proposal from House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan—he proposes cuts 100 times larger over a ten-year span.

Finally, 57 percent of Americans say they support a shutdown if that's what it takes for serious spending cuts.  And the current showdown is only round one.  It's the smallest and easiest of several budget fights coming soon to Washington.

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