March 24, 2009 5:24PM


The Hill is reporting that Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) “has slashed Obama’s proposed increases in domestic discretionary spending from 12 percent to 6, according to lawmakers who met with Conrad.”

Unemployment is rising, businesses are failing, and folks are truly “slashing” their spending habits. But in Washington, to “slash” means to increase spending 6% instead of 12%. I’m sure most hard‐​working Americans — the poor stiffs whose taxes will pay for this “slash” — wished their budgets were in line for a 6% increase this year.