Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The sun rises in the east

And Republicans lie their faces off. With the proverbial certainty of death and taxes, it appears the world's most cowardly Speaker in the history of man, is going to cave into his crazy tea party caucus and engineer another hostage taking government shutdown in September.
Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) signaled during an interview with Fox Business that he was open to reneging on the budget deal the GOP crafted with Democrats last year during the debacle over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Though the parties agreed in that deal on a spending level for the 2013 budget, Boehner is being pushed by the more conservative members of his party to cut even deeper.
In other words, forget the deal they made the last time. Under the code of "true" conservatives, it was just a bunch of goddamn words.
“I’m really disappointed that they’re considering a budget – violating the budget agreement that is now the law of this country. This was designed to avoid another government shutdown or a threat of a shutdown,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “We had a deal last August on the budget numbers, and we expect them to live with that deal,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has said. The end result of this standoff could be yet another impending government shutdown, as the government’s current spending authority expires on September 30.
To be fair, not all the Republicans are on board.
But House Appropriations Committee leaders and Republican moderates, facing tough re-election campaigns, want to stick to the agreement struck with President Obama seven months ago.

“We voted for it. That’s the number we should use,” said Representative Charles Bass, Republican of New Hampshire.
Sadly, I expect they'll be outvoted by the crazy caucus. Larger consequences don't matter as long as those knuckle draggers get to go home and brag about how tough they are to the home folks.

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