by Ryan Streeter on January 30, 2013. Follow Ryan on Twitter.
Jim Pethokoukis points out what the wiser among us have been trying to say for awhile, but which our political class has a hard time talking about – namely, by refusing to take entitlement reform seriously, we have no choice but to cut discretionary spending.
And that means cuts to scientific research and infrastructure, among other things. These are activities the government does a fairly good job of funding and that arguably serve the public good more than most other things government does.
Here’s what discretionary spending looks like in the age of bloated entitlements: