The Tea Party Debt Plan Also Ends Some Stuff That Doesn't Cost Money

The Tea Party Debt Plan Also Ends Some Stuff That Doesn't Cost Money

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Nov. 17 2011 3:29 PM

The Tea Party Debt Plan Also Ends Some Stuff That Doesn't Cost Money

I'll have some more about the Tea Party Debt Commission plan -- a great gimmick that will not pass in any form -- in a story later today. For now, I can run down the big cuts. It ends "foreign aid to countries that don't support us" as an estimated $110 billion of savings (over ten years), the Department of Education for $950 billion, the Department of Energy for $210 billion, HUD for $530 billion, Title 10 family planning for $3.27 billion, the NEA for $1.5 billion, and it raises a tax by killing the welfare payment component of the Child Tax Credit -- for $265 billion.

There's a lot in there. But because this was crowdsourced, there's also stuff that sounds budget-cut-ariffic, but isn't.

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The endnotes point out that these cuts don't actually save money.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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