Wednesday, February 21, 2007

When budget cuts aren't really budget cuts

One of the things that has puzzled Montana Headlines for years is how easily fiscal conservatives can draw accusations of "budget cuts!"

The reality, more often than not, is that what is being cut is the amount of increase in a government program's budget.

Most Americans, when they think of spending cuts in their personal lives, think about, well -- cutting the amount that is being spent.

Today's Gazette headline, GOP plans more cuts to governor's budget plan, is certainly an accurate description of what Republicans have proposed.

It is still worth noting, however, that in case someone missed it, House Republicans are proposing spending increases pretty much across the board -- the increases just aren't as big as the ones the Democrats want.

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