Definition of budget cut
March 5, 2013
This letter is in response to Mr. Posselt’s letter about the usage of budget cut as a definition for the sequester. I would like to point out and clarify an error on Mr. Posselt’s assertion that the sequester is not a budget cut. You see, when you have a budget, and you need to save some money, you can either reduce how much you spend, or make more money. When you decide to do the latter, you are a socialist, if I recall correctly, but when you decide to do the former, you cut what you’re spending which is just another term for cutting your budget, but let me elaborate.
Budget and spending are relatively synonymous. I know that there has been quite a bit of confusion with all these words floating around, but I am here to help. Let us turn to the dictionary. The good ol’ fashioned nonsocialist Merriam-Webster dictionary… (Although, I have heard some scary rumors on that Merriam guy. I’ll let you know when I hear from Glenn Beck; there should be a chart or something.) Definiton 4c of the word “budget” is written as follows: “the amount of money that is available for, required for, or assigned to a particular purpose.” I would venture that we can agree that “the amount of money that is available…” can be taken as “spending”. Based off of that assumption, I believe that I have confirmed that the sequester is, in fact, a budget cut. You’re welcome, Stuart.
Of course, there is the ancient Chinese proverb “If it looks like a budget cut, smells like a budget cut, and cuts your budget, then it is probably a budget cut.” You may have to check my sources on that one, though.
On a side note, this is a perfect example of what fact-checking can accomplish. It usually is a little more effective that hot air and foot-stomping.