On the difficulty of even the trivial reduction in the rate of growth of spending that is the sequester, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D, MD) had this to say:
Can’t we just cut 2 percent just like American families? American families don’t run prisons. They don’t build their own roads. They don’t have to put out their own local police department.
And so with this red herring, Mikulski identifies a central problem for our government: she’s utterly unable to find 2¢ out of every dollar in her purse that she can choose not to spend. She’s unable even to conceive the idea of not spending those 2¢.
How very Progressive of her.