It’s doubtful that Mr. Pawlenty has any clue as to the composition of federal spending. In FY 2009 we would have had to abolish every discretionary spending program, including national defense, to balance the budget and that still wouldn’t have been enough without a penny of higher revenues, as he insists. We would have had to cut more than $300 billion out of Medicare and Social Security as well. Good luck with that.We need to dispense with the notion that a politician is conservative just because he calls for gimmicks. It really sets the bar low. When he champions reducing mandatory spending, then we can consider him to be a limited government guy.
Cross posted at The Cross Culturalist.