Everyone wants to cut the budget and the Republicans are making it the center of their policy. As we have noted before there is a problem – the voters who want to cut the budget don’t actually want to cut anything. Gallup’s most recent poll indicates that nothing has changed.
The only thing a majority want to cut is Foreign Aid which makes up less than one percent of the budget. Even more striking was with the exception of funding for the arts and sciences and military and national defense there was less than a ten percent difference between Democrats and Republicans.Another great quip from Beasley: funding for Israel represents "the lion's share" of Foreign Aid, and therefore even cuts in that area will be problematic. It will be interesting to see the effect that Rand Paul's proposed cuts (which include Israel) take on the senator's grassroots popularity.
Cross posted at The Cross Culturalist