She jumped in with some glib remark about the millions thrown away by these family-wrecking false-accusers, calling the sum total of the matter a “rounding error.” and therefore inconsequential.
Simply put, the statement was misunderstood. Possibly. That’s either because you misunderstood it or I didn’t express myself well. To clarify:
The United States Budget is BIG. It’s really BIG. It’s really really really BIG. It contains a ton of crap that worth rooting out, but the politicians don’t, because:
a) Each line item has a constituency that’s emotionally (or even financially) attached to it, AND
b) The amount of money is not large enough, taken as a percentage of the overall budget, to interest the politicians in fixing it, ESPECIALLY if the line item’s constituency has sympathetic ears in the press. They’d rather spend the money to avoid the blowback.
Example? The National Endowment for the Arts gets twice what VAWA gets. It amounts to .03% of the fed budget. It’s a “rounding error” at the fed level, but not at the local level. So, people go apeshit when it gets cut, as we’ve seen. Evidently we simply cannot survive without Public Radio and granting money to bad artists.
So, what you have is a phenomenon that I think we can refer to as the “Corruption of Small Numbers”. The “system” is rife with examples, VAWA being one. Each one is something that the government funds that perhaps shouldn’t be funded, for one reason or another. But nobody pays attention to it, or the problems that it causes if it does, because of its small size.
The above in no way can be reasonably interpreted as being unsympathetic to any given problem. It is simply an explanation of why things are the way they are, Make me queen for a day, and I’d solve your problem in a heartbeat, becuase I;d tell the Big Government Leeches that VAWA is not the job of the federal government, and if they must have a VAWA, get up off their asses and do the hard work of getting fifty of them set up inside the state budgets.
But, they don’t want to hear of that, because suddenly……….they wouldn’t be able to have the cover of being a rounding error anymore.
Hope that helps.