ViaSteve Benen, we see that congressional Republicans have initiated a not-at-all gimmicky initiative called "YouCut," in which you can vote online for which programs you'd like to cut; Republicans will introduce an actual piece of legislation to cut whichever program wins.
Are you a "mainstream" American? Probably not, according to TheWashington Post's Kathleen Parker. In a column today criticizing President Obama's pick of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, Parker writes that Kagan just isn't mainstream enough:
The Center for American Progress has tallied up the costs of the war in Iraq (read the report here), and according to their calculations, we've spent $748 billion, with up to $717 more coming in veterans' benefits. I thought it might be useful to compare this to our previous wars, so using data from this Congressional Research Service report, and adjusting the CAP figures to 2008 dollars to make it all comparable, I made this graph: