Does he ever. And right now.
At the Wall Street Journal, the editors have been examining the deal the Speaker cut with the White House and Senate Democrats last week. Thirty-eight billion in cuts? Not even close.
From today's editorial page:
After separating out the accounting gimmicks and one-year savings, the actual cuts look to be closer to $20 billion than to the $38 billion that both sides advertised….
The whopper is declaring $6.2 billion in savings by not spending money left from the 2010 Census. Congress also cuts $4.9 billion from the Justice Department's Crime Victims Fund, but much of that money was tucked away in a reserve fund that wouldn't have been spent this year in any event….
An estimated $17 billion comes from one-time savings in mandatory programs. The cuts are real, but the funding gets restored by law the next year, which means Republicans will have to refight the same battles.
As I mentioned yesterday, I'd been taking the Speaker at his word--and supposing, I admit, that Mark Levin, Rush, and Ricochet's own David Limbaugh--the sainted David Limbaugh--were simply pushing for too many cuts too fast.
Speaker Boehner, I now believe, needs to answer a couple of questions--immediately.
Did he know the deal he cut last week amounted, in very large part, to a sham?
If not, why not?
If so, why did he mislead his own members--and the American people?