When Is a Cut Not a Cut?
Posted by Heather Hurlburt
Remember "fuzzy math?" Over at Fox News, they've got an item up under the headine "Defense Official: Obama Calling for Defense Budget Cuts."
The actual quote:
The Obama administration has asked the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon's budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 percent -- about $55 billion -- a senior U.S. defense official tells FOX News.
The trick here: the Pentagon's budget request was prepared before the change of Administration and not scrutinized by outsiders -- so it contains, as you might imagine, every bell and whistle every service has been dreaming of. Not surprisingly, the Obama budget gurus told them to cut it back.
Even less surprisingly, FOX made no effort to report the difference between a departmental budget request and an actual, enacted-into-law, budget. Sigh.
My understanding is that a $55 billion cut will still leave the request ahead of last year's appropriation, but that's just rumor.