The big wind storm coming from the Progressives and Democrats is that the GOP replacement bill for Obamacare cuts funding for Medicaid. Only in Progressive Washington, DC, can a perpetual increase in taxpayer dollars to an entitlement program be seen a a cut.
The Congressional Budget Office - a suspect group of increasingly inept number crunchers - has determined that Medicaid spending would rise from $393 billion in 2017 to $464 billion in 2026 - that’s a $71 billion, or 18 percent, increase. But it is less than what would be spent on Medicaid under the current Democrat-crafted spendthrift law.
How do these spendthrift reprobates get away with saying we are cutting funding when more of our hard-earned tax dollars are being taken from us to fund these programs? It's because Washington bureaucrats us "baseline budgeting" when figuring the budget.
In a nutshell, "Baseline Budgeting" is an accounting method the United States Federal Government uses to develop a budget for future years. Baseline budgeting uses current spending levels as the 'baseline' for establishing future funding requirements and assumes future budgets will equal the current budget times the inflation rate times the population growth rate."
So, you see, budget increases are already built into the budget. That means that every time these tax-and-spend charlatans say we need tax increases to fund these giveaway programs they are dipping deeper into our pockets.
Why is this necessary? It is necessary because these "do-anything-to-keep-our-jobs" career politicians need to pretend they are doing something to justify their existences and their salaries. So, the have to create laws, and that requires money from us to enact and execute those laws.
Remember Nancy Pelosi's multi-million dollar turtle tunnel project, or the many million dollar studies into subjects so simple Kindergarten students could provide the answer?
If we had to craft budgets from scratch - in a line-item style - in each Congress we would not only have a more efficient expenditure process, we would reduce the tax burden by tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars annually and prevent stupid spending by career politicians trying to justify their existences.
Let's start shedding the light on this scam called "baseline budgeting."