February 4, 2011

BUDGET CUTS THAT BARELY SCRATCH THE SURFACE are not “Draconian.” Did Draco even cut budgets? I think his interest lay elsewhere. And do the people calling these cuts “Draconian” have any idea who he was?

Meanwhile, Don Surber thinks that even Bob Corker’s plan isn’t cutting deep enough: Why wait 10 years to balance the budget?

UPDATE: Classical scholarship: While Draco was the Greek for whom “Draconian” cuts are known, the word draco means “dragon,” or, figuratively “clear-sighted” like a Dragon. So “Draconian cuts” can be taken to mean “clear-sighted cuts.” I just hope this doesn’t get me in trouble relating to my earlier Aorist disclaimer.

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