Step into the source code, won't you, and travel to the ancient time of February 3, 2011. That was the day that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., released his proposed spending limits for FY2011. He wanted to cut $74 billion from the budget request -- really, $32 billion, because the fiscal year had already started. But Republican freshmen (among others) reminded their leadership that they'd pledged to cut $100 billion in FY2011 -- really, $61 billion. On February 19, they passed it, and Democrats said it was absolutely dead in the Senate. Sure enough, on March 9, the Senate voted it down.
Where are we now? Democrats say
to cut a total of $78 billion in FY2011 -- $38 billion for the rest of the year. Their proposal is larger than the proposal that was originally rejected by House conservatives for being too small and Senate Democrats for being too cruel.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.