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Reminder: 44 Percent of Tea Partiers Are on Medicare

How will the Tea Party respond now that its favorite welfare programs are under the guillotine?

Medicare cuts are "on the radar" in the second phase of Congress' new debt deal. The agreement reached this week already includes the possibility of a two percent cut to Medicare reimbursements, but the "super-committee" that will convene to come up with $1.5 trillion in more cuts will probably be looking at least partially toward medical spending. This is in addition to the cuts that are set to befall Medicare reimbursement starting in a couple months. Many op-ed columnists are calling these attacks on entitlement spending a victory for Tea Partiers, whose beef with big government has shaped politics for several years now. What those columns fail to consider, however, is how many Tea Partiers rely on the very programs they've forced to the chopping block.

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Obama's Budget: The White House Infographic Version

The government's plan for your tax dollars: See how much of Obama's 2012 budget will go to defense, debt interest, pollution control, and other stuff.


President Barack Obama has released his $3.729 trillion budget for 2012. The negotiating and haggling are already under way. Republicans say he didn't cut enough. Democrats will defend some of the programs Obama suggests cutting, like higher education, which will see an $89 billion spending drop over 10 years.

In an admirable move to make the daunting scale of the budget comprehensible, the White House has made and interactive infographic showing where the money goes in broad strokes. That big blue box for the military is growing by $671 billion to fund short term war costs in Afghanistan, if you were wondering.

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