On the one hand, the GOP wants to extend the Bush tax cuts indefinitely, at a cost of $4 trillion over the next 10 years. On the other hand they hint at -- but ultimately shy away from -- Medicare or Social Security cuts, the biggest chunk of domestic federal spending. Then on the third hand, they say they want to balance the budget.
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As we've pointed out, the broad non-specific cuts they do propose would necessitate slashing federal spending on schools, cops, and medical research. But on PBS last night, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), a Young Gun leader, and rising star in the GOP, laid out some budget items.
"Anybody who rides a first class ticket on Amtrak...when you buy that sleeper car, the tax payer spends $364 subsidizing your ticket, so you can have your bed drawn down," McCarthy said, proposing to save much less than one percent of the federal budget by skimping on high-end train service.