And then I read this oddity:
"We're saying to the people of Illinois, `For eight years we've overspent, now we're going to make it your problem,'" said Rep. Roger Eddy. "We're making up for our mistakes on your back."It's as if this money just up and vanished. No roads were built. No children were educated. It didn't pay a retired firefighter's pension. It all went to waste. Just a mistake, really. Nobody but the politicians wanted this spending. It just happened...for eight years.
But of course, government spending doesn't just disappear. Sure, some of it gets siphoned off due to corruption and waste; particularly in Illinois. But the vast majority of it goes towards the very people who paid for it.* Even the funds that are paid to employees get spent, the same as a paycheck from any other employer. And seeing as how the main areas Republicans want to cut go towards healthcare for the poor and elderly, as well as other aid programs; I'm a bit confused as to how these are mistakes.
But that's just par for the course with Republicans. It's all about rallying against unnamed government expenses, because if you name them, you start to get unpopular. That's why Republicans are so insistent upon getting Democrats to agree with them on spending cuts, because they wouldn't dare touch this money otherwise.
*Post updated to mention government corruption.