Report Budget balance hard to find in Federal Politics Posted June 8, 2011 They have to cut 5% out of $80 billion. That's like reducing a family's operating expenditures from $500 per week all the way down to....yep....$475. The only reason it's a big deal in the Federal Gocernmentr is because of Union resistance to anything that would reduce the number of jobs and the advocates of any "programs" who cannot accept that perhaps some of them have outlived their usefulness and need to be reorganized, combined with others, or completely wound down. The union mentality is to not rock the boat - don't work too fast, don't be creative, follow procedures to the letter. Creative productivity is unknown in unions. 5%. Five percent. Should be peanuts.......but the predictions of doomsday are already upon us. Oh I'm not predicting doomsday by any stretch just simply pointing out that we are moving the budget in the wrong direction. Is this a trend that will continue or one time (5 year) anomaly? I'm not convinced it's an anomaly, and I suppose I'm somewhat distrustful of Flahrety when it comes to balancing the books without needing to sell assets to do it. There have been not details heretofore on how this will be achieved and that's what concerns me. We're already in a shortfall and with further tax cuts/credits looming and not yet budgeted, how are we going to pay for it all?