Reid savings trumps Boehner plan
When we talk about gimmicks, we should note that the big knock against Reid is that his plan counts expected savings from the drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that's how he gets to $2.2 trillion of cuts over 10 years. (That's $500 billion less than promised, the big weakness here.) But CBO scores the plan as cutting $24 billion in FY2012 without even getting into the war funding. That's $23 billion more than the Boehner plan cut in FY2012.
What's the problem? Well... this plan was supposed to come out after Boehner's plan. Democrats could wave it around and show that it was comparable, in terms of cuts, to what Boehner proposed, so if Boehner failed, they were ready. Now, the plan's coming out as Boehner's team crafts an alternate plan, which will be scored again, and which can contain deeper cuts. The big PR advantage of the Reid plan will be fleeting.
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.