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Fake deal is fake
I hope no one is taken in by the fake budget "deal" being ballyhooed by the MSM and Washington insiders. It is nothing more than a giant joke on America and a sucker's bet for anyone who acts on the belief that it will result in meaningful spending cuts.

The fact that it calls for another budget commission and that nothing will happen until after the 2012 elections is all the evidence anyone needs to see that nothing will ever come from this agreement except the ability of the government to borrow more money as the debt ceiling is lifted.

The Democrats are of course betting they can retake the House and just pass tax hikes in 2013 and the Republicans are again playing Charlie Brown to the Democrat Lucy when it comes to kicking the "spending cuts later" football. Unless Republicans get either a veto-proof margin in both houses of Congress and/or reclaim the presidency there is no way that meaningful spending cuts will ever be signed into law.

Indeed, the planned "cuts" are more of the same old tricks: pretend you want to spend $20 more than you have, reduce your demands to $10 more than you have and then claim you've "cut" $10 from spending.

It's a disgrace and our political leaders should be ashamed of themselves.

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izuko From: izuko Date: August 1st, 2011 09:18 am (UTC) (Link to this entry)
We control one third of the legislative process. What did you expect?

You note that the GOP needs veto-proof margins in both chambers or the White House to get meaningful spending cuts. How is that any less so for this deal?

Judge the deal on what's possible, not on what's preferred. IIRC, even Thomas Sowell said to go for the best we could get and fight another day.

I wish we could do a "This Is Sparta" moment on Harry Reid, but we just don't have the votes yet.
merig00 From: merig00 Date: August 1st, 2011 11:54 am (UTC) (Link to this entry)
this
reality_hammer From: reality_hammer Date: August 2nd, 2011 01:56 am (UTC) (Link to this entry)
It would be easier to get a better deal if we didn't have people like McCain siding with the Democrats because they feel threatened politically.
izuko From: izuko Date: August 2nd, 2011 10:04 am (UTC) (Link to this entry)
I agree with that. McCain and McConnell need to go. Hell, toss the entire damned Republican side of the "Gang of Six" out the window.
lilliew From: lilliew Date: August 1st, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link to this entry)
I'm really unhappy about this, but am waiting to hear more about what it is. I agree with the above, I'm not sure what better deal could be reached when we only have the House. I think the whole commission idea is bad, raising the debt ceiling is bad, and giving the Democrats who had zilch for plans an inch is bad.

That said, the GOP was going to get the blame no matter what happened here because they are ALWAYS behind on the message.

I blame the RINOs and rest of the weak-kneed GOPers that have kept acting like Democrats for far too long and got us in this mess to begin with. This has been ongoing for decades, sadly enough, and a big landslide election in November wasn't enough to knock some sense into them. Some are trying, however. We do need a big change for 2012 to win the Senate and White House. I'm hopeful but if they don't win the message battle and stick to their guns, it's going to be sad.
countrymouse1 From: countrymouse1 Date: August 3rd, 2011 01:32 am (UTC) (Link to this entry)
I kind of just KNEW ("hoped" they wouldn't, but KNEW they would) this was going to happen, and as I posted on a news forum I love (timebomb2000.com) it's very surreal when you find yourself WISHING for a default and budget implosion because that's the ONLY way this crisis is actually going to be addressed.

But what I am REALLY worried about, is this "SUPER CONGRESS" or "SUPER COMMISSION" that got passed IN this budget bill---am I understanding right that it's a "Congress within the Congress" that actually has HUGE power over what bills ever get to even come before Congress as a whole, and to "tweak" bills even AFTER they've been voted on by Congress? As such, then doesn't this essentially make this body a way for the President to BYPASS Congress to get only the bills HE wants through to his desk? If so, then he now has his own little Politburo, the Constitution is dead, and we are toast.
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