And cuts so much you’d think he was emo. Entire departments get the axe, and by the end, he’s cut enough to get a $237 billion surplus.
That’s impressive enough; even if we cut that deeply, given the current debt situation, it would take more than sixty years to pay off the debt.
It’s a moot point, I suppose. No one in Washington is willing to cut enough to make a difference, and given baseline budgeting, any “cuts” are actually just reductions in the amount of increase.
Jerry Pournelle pointed out a couple days ago that because of how budget “cuts” are calculated, we could freeze spending at current levels for the next ten years and then claim that we “cut” $9.5 trillion.
Douglas Adams was wrong; bistromathics is kids’ play compared to bureaumathics.