Whee! Whoopee! 1.6 cheers!
Polistra and Happystar are sort of quarter-heartedly cheering the HUGE MONUMENTAL UNPRECEDENTED ONE POINT SIX PERCENT budget cut passed by the Lower Nuthouse today.
One point Six Percent! Zowie kaplowie! And by the time the Senate gets done with it, the cut will be even more impressively microscopic! Why, it might even turn into a huge spending INCREASE, which will be even more UNPRECEDENTED! EEEEK! I can hardly contain my ecstatic excitement!!!!!!!!!!
When I try to transpose this cut to my own budget for comparison, I realize it's not even a cut I could consciously make. It would be about $12 per month, and the things I could specifically eliminate are all larger than that. This percentage is down in the range of inevitable random variation, the sort of budget difference that arises because January has more days than February, or because the dog chews up a towel.
Admittedly, the Lower Nuthouse has finally managed to get specific on a few truly controversial things. Such as the carbon enforcement budget of the marauding enemy army called EPA.
This won't make any difference.
EPA will move money around and continue marching, marching, marching, stomping, stomping, stomping, murdering, murdering, murdering.
The only cure for an enemy army is to wipe it out entirely. Zero its entire budget, delete all laws and regulations that could be remotely interpreted to allow its actions, bulldoze its buildings with the employees inside, cover them with a cubic mile of concrete. Spend several billions to create and endow a permanent counterforce of well-armed auditors, to be dead sure that none of the evil influence pops back into zombie-life through some other agency.