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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

House Republicans failed to pass an appropriations bill on Wednesday that would have cut federal transportation spending by $4.4 billion, halting their first attempt to implement the deep cuts to federal spending they have campaigned on and supported in the past.

In March, for the third time, House Republicans passed a budget outline written by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). This Ryan Budget included a radical re-do of Medicare for anyone 55 and under along with even more cuts than the previous two because it kept the sequestration in place, while shifting the defense cuts to other areas of the budget, and set a course for the budget to be balanced within 10 years.

“With this action, the House has declined to proceed on the implementation of the very budget it adopted three months ago,” said appropriations chair Hal Rogers (R-KY). “Thus I believe that the House has made its choice: sequestration — and its unrealistic and ill-conceived discretionary cuts — must be brought to an end.”

It’s much harder to vote for $4.4 billion in cuts when you — and your opponents — see how those cuts would actually hit your district and you know they have no chance of passing the Senate or being signed into law by the president.

Talking Points Memo‘s Brian Beulter called the collapse of the bill as the House breaks for its August recess “the GOP’s long-predicted comeuppance.”

“It might look like a minor hiccup, or a symbolic error,” he wrote. “But it spells doom for the party’s near-term budget strategy and underscores just how bogus the party’s broader agenda really is and has been for the last four years.”

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in a press conference on Thursday asserted that the votes were there to pass the bill, even though the bill’s manager, Tom Latham (R-IA), said, “I’m not sure that the votes were all there,” on Wednesday.

Boehner assured reporters that his caucus’ strategy was not falling apart, but he did call for a short-term continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown.

“It’s clear that we’re not going to have the appropriations bills finished by September 30,” Boehner said Thursday morning. “I believe a continuing resolution for some short period of time would probably be in the nation’s interest. But having said that, the idea of operating for an entire year under a CR is not a good way to do business. And I’ve been working with [appropriations chairman Hal Rogers] to try to find a way to actually do all of these appropriations bills. I think it’s important for Congress to do its work.”

It’s so important that Boehner has the House scheduled to be session for nine whole days in September.

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89 responses to “House Falls Apart When The GOP Actually Tries To Implement The Ryan Budget”

  1. Jim Johnson says:

    Deep cuts to the transportation budget while our infrastructure is crumbling so they can further reduce the tax rates on the filthy rich?
    Surely someone in the Republican party will wake up from their insane trance and take them back from the brink. These Tea Party troublemakers are just not good for our country. With all the money pumped into their campaigns by their wealthy masters they just cannot think properly anymore.

  2. johninPCFL says:

    Such great news. While most of the middle class gets two weeks off during the year (after five to ten years at a job), these clowns get the month of August off, then most of September too. But they’re only paid $174k/year (about 4X the middle-class salary), so I guess they deserve the break. After all, it’s not like they have to DO anything.

    • stcroixcarp says:

      And they get great benefits, government health care for life, retirement plan, and a sweet job with a lobby firm or defense contractor when they retire from public life. Who could ask for anything more.

      • Terra Gazelle says:

        Starting soon, Congress has to sign up for Obamacare exchanges just like every one else. The Dems put that in the bill and the President signed it.

    • Dominick Vila says:

      Don’t forget the fact that those poor souls have to put up with government-provided medical care, and I am sure they worry about the adequacy of their pension plan as well. On top of that they have to put up with that 47% that doesn’t work, doesn’t pay taxes, and depend on socialist handouts. Poor guys, it must be hard to deal with so much abuse. Perhaps we should all propose a Summer-long vacation, instead of just a month. Would you miss them?
      Don’t forget what Boehner said last week, this Congress should not be judged by how many pieces of legislation they passed, but by how many they blocked. I guess saying NO must be very taxing.

      • Jim Myers says:

        You probably shouldn’t use the term “taxing.” Might give them a stroke.

      • jointerjohn says:

        Well stated Mr. Vila but therein lies their problem. These empty talking heads on the the right can rail against most anything but they can’t put forth any initiative of accomplishment. Corporate bought and evangelically terrorized, those Congressmen can’t move.
        If they move against the hideous accumulation of wealth at the top, their corporate donors will leave. If they come out for common damn fairness for gay people and women they get labeled as “liberals”.

        In today’s political environment any woman who votes for a republican is a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.

        • Dominick Vila says:

          The problem is going to get worse now that the Koch brothers are busy buying media outlets.
          The solution includes term limits.

          • dpaano says:

            The major solution is getting money out of politics! Join MOVI (Money Out; Voters In)

          • glorybe2 says:

            The problem with the right wing is that we do accept the fact that they are losers but they keep making noise as if they were human beings. For instance they rant against welfare endlessly. Yet the republicans in the Congress get one heck of a welfare check. Not only do they do no work at all but they focus on screwing up the work of people trying to work hard to get things done. These bums make the mythical welfare queen with a new Cadillac look like a piker.

      • RobertCHastings says:

        Your idea of ALL of us tasking a summer-long vacation is an excellent, reminiscent of European unions shutting down entire countries. If Americans would get their heads out of their ——- and actually do a countrywide strike, much could be accomplished. For one, I think those who govern might come to a more realistic appreciation of who put them in Washington in the first place. We should all follow the lead of the Occupy movement. After all, we are Constitutionally guaranteed the right to peaceably assemble and seek a redress of our grievances.

      • James McAfee says:

        Unemployment is 47%!?!?! Man when did that happen?

        • Dominick Vila says:

          Unemployment is 7.4% and dropping. The claim that 47% of Americans free loaders who depend on government handouts was made by non other than Mitt Romney, the same guy that attributed his loss to voting decisions being influenced by upcoming freebies. All of this while Republicans continue to fight to preserve Emergency Room freebies because paying for healthcare insurance is a socialist concept.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Don’t forget the contribution of all those ex-ACORN people who voted 9 or 10 times to Romney’s loss. Couldn’t possibly have been that people thought he was an arrogant, incredibly dishonest preppy whose principal platform points were intended to enrich him personally.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            We have to go no further than his comment about the 47% of Americans, and his conclusion that his loss was due to millions of Americans voting for President Obama because they expect government handouts from him, to realize how fortunate we are not to have him as President.

          • glorybe2 says:

            Dominick the nation does have a serious problem but it is not as simple and as stupid as the right claims it is. I live in a part of the nation in which lovely suburbs are the norm. Most home owners have a college education or some sort of advanced skill. But if we yanked most of them out of their home suddenly and shot them in the head and closed out their financial balances these folks would be cash negative. I’m saying that the typical person who appears to be doing well is worth less than zero. Below that class we have a layer of people who get by, but have a clearly second rate life and earn so little that they pay no meaningful taxes. All it takes is one accident or illness or a couple of babies and we have no choice but to support them long term.
            The next class, often through no fault of their own, can never be anything but a drain on the public purse.
            Essentially one might have good fortune and do well in America but it is a stacked deck and more will end up as an expense to the public than a blessing.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            I lived in middle class neighborhoods in California, Maryland and now in Central Florida. People in those neighborhoods don’t walk around with AK47s to protect themselves from the neighbors, as organizations like the NRA, the GOP and states like Florida with its Stand Your Ground law would like us to believe. I now live in a small city where about 40% of its population are senior citizens. Most of them are transplants from the Northeast and Midwest who after selling their houses in their home states used their equity to pay cash for small but comfortable houses in Florida. Most are far from being rich, but they make do. Most of my neighbors in Maryland and California were middle class working families. Most were living paycheck to paycheck. What is happening in the USA is not new and, as you pointed out, it is not as simple as some politicians would like us to believe. The financial problems afflicting most middle class families are not the result of people being lazy, uneducated, or dependent on government handouts, as Romney said. Our socio-economic system is designed to help the rich get richer, and provide the bare minimum to subsist for everyone else. Even the slightest attempt to change it to improve the standard of living of most Americans is immediately demonized with allegations of socialism by those determined to preserve the status quo. The most amazing part of it is that the most ardent opponents to change are the people that would benefit the most from it.

          • glorybe2 says:

            The fools would say you reverse profiled in that you pointed to a certain group being pretty decent people.

            I am in Florida and you must admit that Miami-Dade as well as the Ft. Lauderdale area and much of Palm Beach are now lost to us. Violence and drugs and general insanity have ruined those areas. Tampa is probably in that mix as well. Even little Fort Pierce has serious black on black violence.
            Real education can stop this. But we do not have the means to truly educate the youth. When was the last time anyone heard of PH.D. candidates from Harvard, Yale, MIT or Stanford pulling a drive by shooting? Really! Education does the trick.

    • jmprint says:

      … and we pay for their insurance, it’s life as a legislator grand!

    • kanawah says:

      the only word I can think of is DISGUSTING.

      • glorybe2 says:

        The right wing is sabotaging America. They might call it obstruction but in essence it really is treason and it is time we take these obstructionists and put them in prisons long term. I doubt that anyone is foolish enough to think they really vote from their conscience. They vote to feather their own nests. They sell out America for wealth. I dare call it treason.

    • Fern Woodfork says:

      With An Approval Rating Of 12% And Falling What Do You Expect From United States Worst Congress In History!! 🙁 People Like Cock Roaches Better Than They Do This Congress!! Cock Roaches YIKES!!! 🙁

    • plc97477 says:

      I am not really sure it is not better with them taking time off. That way that can’t do too much damage. I kinda wish they don’t come back.

  3. Dominick Vila says:

    I find it hard to believe that elected officials who, in theory, are committed to do everything they can to protect our national security, the welfare of the people, and by default doing everything they can to ensure our country can compete against other industrialized nations is considering reducing and already reduced and inadequate transportation budget. In addition to serving as a catalyst to create jobs, investment in infrastructure would ensure we can compete with countries that are taking the lead in areas such as the high tech industry which we dominated as recently as a couple of decades ago.
    Taking America back may sound like a cute metaphor, but not when it means taking the country backwards while everyone else is moving forward.

    • Mark Forsyth says:

      It’s hard to figure Dom.Hell,even if we were to go totally isolationist we would still need safe roads and bridges to get around on.I think it’s time for the people to take over.Question is how?

      • Dominick Vila says:

        The most effective way, without resorting to violent means, is to vote. We should all do everything we can to ensure fellow Democrats vote next year. We are notorious for our lack of party discipline and laid back attitude, especially during midterm elections. We have to change that to counter act the Tea Party vote. They are very disciplined, motivated, and they vote.

        • Mark Forsyth says:

          I like to think positive as much as possible but sometimes I wonder if violence can be avoided.I think about the people voting for what they want and even carrying the vote but still not getting what they voted for.What options are left then.Does one just keep waiting and hoping for the time that the vote works the way it’s supposed to or does the time come when its down to the people taking what they want and deserve?
          I know that folks on both sides of the line are pissed off these days and lots of time gets wasted blaming the other side when in fact they should be united and placing the blame where it belongs.Are the wrongs that are taking place these days the catalyst that is needed to bring people together? And if it is,can people come together effectively before the point of no return,that is to say,before too much damage has been done and anger takes over.I know that you know as much as I do that the kettle has been on slow boil for a long time.These are questions that I ponder and have yet to resolve with any calming answers.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            It is easy to look at what is happening in the Middle East, and even in some parts of Europe, and consider the path to violence. Morsy in Egypt is a close parallel to what Boehner has become in the House – the leader of a factionalized conservative party whose agenda is contrary to the needs of the country.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            I concur Robert,at least as far as the reason for the violence and the possiblility of its happening here.I am not,[at least not yet] an advocate for violence.My constant preference is peace.There are those who wish to make it difficult.What I have yet to see or hear from Egypt is for the people there to stress that they are willing to have the Brotherhood participate “IN” the government but they do not want to be governed ‘BY” the Brotherhood.
            What I am seeing here in the U.S. is that corporate America,in a wide variety of ways,is making war on the people and has got its hands on the government.That is Fascism.I know that folks on this page probably get tired of my fascist bashing,but it just seems to be screaming at me no matter what the issue or the topic.
            Presently,the fractiousness and polarization of the people fits nicely into the oppositions dynamic.Once again it is an old fascist tool to exploit every crack and fissure in the populace and then find convenient scapegoats.The people need to find common ground,something that congress is unable to do,so it falls to the people who must unite and identify their common enemy as well as their goals.Until that happens the people will continue to get what they abhor.
            The schism in the GOP is Americas best bet.If I knew any,I would press the strategists to encourage that internal conflict.We may be witnessing their destruction.If so,it will be interesting to see the resulting phoenix.

          • Irmgard Alderman says:

            Mark, I agree with you. The problem to a great extent is an uneducated voting public. So many believe everything the right wing media puts out and don’t search for answers on their own. We need to get people educated about government and the other governments in the world and how they do or don’t function. People need to be able to make comparisons to be able to see what they want and don’t want, to have happen to our country.
            I don’t see lot of understanding of what Fascism and dictatorships, oligarchy and other forms of tyrannical governments are. They think, or spout about Obama being a tyrant, communist, etc. They sound like a bunch of kids on the playground back in the 50’s calling German kids Nazis, when they didn’t even know what it meant.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            True enough Irmgard.When we look at the elimination of subjects and programs from schools teaching intinerary,coupled with the deplorable choices onT.V.[thank God for the exceptions] we see the dumbing down of America,also part of the grand design.
            I have seen everything from an ignorance of geography and history to the inability or unwillingness to differentiate Fascism,Communism,or Socialism.There seems to be a complete lack of understanding and comprehension of these philosophies to the extent that many people now don’t recognize the fact that our own country grew from the age of enlightenment and is the greatest “social” experiment in the worlds history.
            Unfortunately,as is often the case,people must endure the most severe circumstances or “hit bottom” before they will even allow the learning process to begin.When things like that exist,it can be extremely difficult to inspire the simplest form of enlightened activism,that of casting a vote.

          • glorybe2 says:

            I was born in 1944 and can tell you that adults loved it in the early 1950s when the kids played war games and slaughtered krauts in the back yards or perhaps played at destroying the filthy, yellow menace. It had a lot to do with families having dead family members who fought in Europe or the Pacific. My father died at Annzio two weeks before I was born. His only brother was ruined in the Pacific and survived briefly at home. There were an awful lot of candles in a lot of windows back then and then the Korean mess kicked off and our boys went to hell again and if survived were often screwed up for life. Memorial Days are painful as hell for many of us.The widows and children carry the pain of war and it does change them for life.

          • glorybe2 says:

            Maybe it is me but in a fascist state the government owns business. In the US business seems to own government. There must be a term to fit this.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            Actually it is the opposite.When business and corporatists take hold of a government,it ceases to operate for the benefit of the people and functions solely for the benefit of state.That is the problem of too much money in politics which is what the Citizens United ruling enables.What happens then is the disenfranchisement of the people’s involvement in government and their ability to use the government to enact their will.
            Notice the gerrymandering,the redistricting and now that the Voters Rights Act has been repealed we see the very nefarious actions that the Act was designed to prevent in those states where the Act had been especially effective.The new voter I.D. laws which are a thinly veiled throwback to the old Jim Crow nonsense are specifically designed to eliminate large blocks of the voting public along racial lines that have a tendency to vote democratically,something that big business abhors.
            So it comes down to this: Who will run the government? Big Business or The People.I know which side I’m on.

          • glorybe2 says:

            The state may be corrupted by businesses but the path is that the top must be paid in order for the businesses to have power. That means that the state is on top as that is the flow of power. But the state is not controlling the businesses. That means another term need be coined. After all the man taking the bribe cares not which business pays the bribe. All he cares about is that he gets paid. Therefore the state is not controlling production.

          • edwardw69 says:

            Divorce happens: how nice, when it is amicable. In the case of the Confederate states and their fellow-travelers, there is no need for hard feelings. Let them go. If they won’t go, throw them out.
            At least we won’t have to stay together for the good of the children. Just the opposite.

          • glorybe2 says:

            An out and out revolution won’t work at all. Any fight that disrupted the food supply chain would create mass starvation and death. We do not grow our food right at hand and that ends effective revolutions.

            But we can lean on right wing types and make certain their lives are miserable. Just keep it up until they break. Puncture a tire. Insult their wives in public. Make life ugly and let them know they turn left or they will weep in misery forever. If they parallel then block them from leaving by parking too tightly. Use super glue on their door locks or at work glue their tools to the benches. They like obstruction as a concept so give them plenty of obstructions in their lives.

        • edwardw69 says:

          No need for violence: let the red states take their deficits and leave. No civil war necessary this time. Let them go…….and support themselves: and when they come crawling back, accept their apology, and say, “No way. You crapped in your bed, now lie in it.”

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Unfortunately, because they have low corporate taxes, oppose unions and worker safety protections, and let companies treat their water and air as dumping grounds, the red states seem to have most of the industry. And I’m not sure they’d let us go.

        • glorybe2 says:

          When elections are stolen the vote becomes meaningless. Remember Al Gore? He won.

      • glorybe2 says:

        We will soon see a cataclysm. Currently we suffer from not having labor available at $1. per day like many nations do. There is no way to compete with almost free labor.

        But right this minute the real answer will cause havoc. Technology is eliminating jobs at an ever increasing pace. Yet politicians dare not mention that we must now financially, seriously, support these hoards of displaced workers for life. And if we do not give them solid paychecks they can not purchase products and the businesses will crash. Nations will feel the shock at different speeds as technology weaves itself into their infrastructure.
        This is the same issue that caused the Civil War. The South was the source of wealth for America. How could southern plantations compete with places like India who used massive, slave labor? Keep in mind that in 1860 factories in Europe were superior to those in the US. But farming in America was totally superior with spacious fresh and fertile land. White men in that era could not work in the sun in the south. They simply died from heat stroke. Slavery was the answer. Yet even 150 years later not one soul has suggested a way to get fair and adequate pay into the hands of the people.

        • Mark Forsyth says:

          It is the old “Distribution of Wealth” problem that even those states identified as Commonwealths have failed to solve though Massachusetts still attempts to address it.Virginia,on the other hand,with its republican governor,along with several other states ,seems determined to turn back the pages of progressive advancement in order to trudge the long damn dirty road to perdition.But Virginia has always had a problem.Long ago it was the conservative Olde Southe democrats who obstinately held the line on segregation until forced to give it up.Then during my time there,it was the right to work laws that undermines union strength and results in lower wages for everyone.And it goes on and on.
          People get tired of being bent over and eventually,whether it is peaceful or violent,there will be revolution and the people will have what they want and deserve.

          • glorybe2 says:

            Va. has a classic conflict. There are many, very rural, places in Va. where cash is not plentiful but people have gardens and make do. In contrast we have some growing areas of opulence with old money behind it and areas with new money and a totally different economy. Any taxation applied to the rural areas can be crushing yet many suburban areas can pay very high taxes. The conflict is cruel and severe and it becomes visible in idiotic political officials and courts.

    • kanawah says:

      Because Obama is for it,most of the loons in the RepubliCONs and Transylvania tea bags party are automatically against it, no matter how good it might be for the nation.

  4. highpckts says:

    9 whole days in Sept.? Wow! The strain will probably kill them! All that work and nothing to show for it! Please vote them out in 2014!!

  5. Dump The GOP In 2014 says:

    Boehner and his do-nothing Republicans are a joke, they only serve their corporate masters not the people of this country. The infighting in the party is getting out of hand, now they can’t even get one of their own bills to the floor for an up or down vote. This is just another reason to dump these loser Republicans in 2014.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Unfortunately, the joke’s on us: we get to shell out tons of money to “compensate” them, while all they do is screw us. Wish I could laugh.

  6. docb says:

    Hmmm..all good, all failure, all in the light of day! Do nothing slimy bloody slugs…The meltdown was beautiful to behold!

  7. Kurt CPI says:

    And there it is. Cuts get a politician’s support as long as they effect someone else. But they get thoroughly and decisively nay’ed when it affects their own public wallets. This lends a whole lot of credence to the notion that playing politics trumps any sense of philosophical adhesion where our leaders are concerned. If they truly believed in their own plan they’d have stuck to their guns.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Your first sentence is on target. Regrettably, they represent the people far more than most of us like to admit in doing this.

  8. karenbrown65 says:

    Anyone can predict that. They all want these deep cuts…in someone else’s state. Because all those other people, they’re a bunch of lazy no good leaches and my state, they’re good people who deserve to see their tax dollars at work, of course.

  9. Mark Forsyth says:

    Boehner has designed an easy out for himself as was revealed during his recent appearance on Face The Nation with Bill Schieffer.He would not be nailed down to answering the question as to whether he would allow a vote on an immigration bill to come to the House floor.He should have had a dancing career.He stated that it was “Not My Job” to make a decision,citing that to do so would not be productive and that he preferred to just let the congress do its work.
    Assuming that Boehner uses that same attitude on all other issues maybe we can count on seeing him productively dancing while scratching his ass and picking his nose.

    • Terra Gazelle says:

      t is his job to bring the bills up for a vote or not, that is his decision. It sure was his job when the President’s American Jobs Act was not brought up for a vote…that was his decision, that is the job of Speaker.

      Please can we have Nancy back?

  10. Erin Argast says:

    Yeah…let’s take America back…to the Good Old Days of the Eisenhower administration…when Gas was selling for $0.10 per gallon, and the military was strong, and everyone who wanted a job had one…and the top tax rate was 90%! Haaaahahahahaha!!!

    BTW – By today’s standards in the GOP, neither Eisenhower, or Reagan, could even run…much less get elected. They would be seen as being “too Liberal”. Hahahahahaah!!

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Eisenhower you’re right about. I think Bill Maher makes a pretty good case that Ronnie was just a tea partier who was ahead of his time.

      • RobertCHastings says:

        Pretty much the same with Jesus. Were He alive today, he would meet a dreadful fate, from the hands of those who claim to support His teachings.

        • Sand_Cat says:

          PLEASE do not compare Reagan to “Jesus.” Leave that to the GOP.
          But you’re right about what would likely happen to Jesus if he came back and tried to teach once again the things the GOP “Christians” determinedly ignore.

  11. kanawah says:

    Looks like, at least for some of the republiCONs, are starting to see that the Transylvania tea bags are totally out in the woods.

    Hopefully, they will realize they are hurting their constituents, and as an extension, hurting themselves.

  12. tax payer says:

    Those that hate the Republicans must be DemocRats. Be sure to ( Vote No ) against the Immigration Reform since Immigration has never been broken.

    • midway54 says:

      But the quasifascist rightwinger plutocrats and their flunkies who are so busily engaged in undermining the social, legal, and economic needs of the 99% in this Country are seemingly your idols as indicated by your cutesy “democRats.” If you are a genuine plutocrat or an overpaid, shameless propagandist your braying is understandable. However, if you are just accepting without critical thought their bilge with which you willingly allow yourself to be saturated, then you are just another feeble-minded dupe oblivious to the fact that if the increasingly successful Operation Phornicate launched in January by the plutocracy with unlimited money for purchasing the political and judicial and executive institutions and controlling the Country, then you along with all the rest of us will be one of its victims.

  13. jakenhyde says:

    Boehner hasn’t done anything yet….so how can he do something “next”? That guy is limp as my…..well, a wet noodle.

  14. Bruce Lightner says:

    How anybody in America can consider voting anymore for these embarrassing clowns who claim to be working for the Nation is beyond my level of comprehension.

    Bruce Lightner
    Raleigh, North Carolina

    • Mark Forsyth says:

      I have a sister in Chapel Hill.I don’t know how you guys tolerate the crap going on down there.Mind you,I’m not pointing the finger at N.C. more than any other state,just wondering how you’re coping.

  15. Stuart Snow says:

    These politicians need to live on the median middle class wage with no meal subsidies, free recreational facilities, housing, insurance, travel allowance, lifetime pension, and everything else we grunts do not have access to. If these freeloading millionaires cannot find housing near or in DC that suits them, they could have access to a co-ed dorm that charges rent based on financial need. If you don’t play the game, you don’t make the rules. Screw these spoiled tea sippers.

  16. exdemo55 says:

    Sometimes politicians, like magicians, use distraction. Take President Obama’s latest pivot to the economy, which began with last week’s speech in Illinois and concluded on Tuesday at an Amazon facility in Tennessee.

    The pivot isn’t about the economy. It’s a setup for two budget battles with Congress this fall.

    The first will be about funding the federal government for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Mr. Obama proposed the sequester, signed the July 2011 budget agreement with its hard caps on discretionary spending, and threatened to veto any attempt to repeal or mitigate it. Nevertheless, last week he attacked the sequester as “a meat clever” that “cost jobs” and later told the New York Times Sunday that he’s worried about “the drop-off in government spending.”

    Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats want to spend $1.058 trillion in discretionary outlays next fiscal year—$91 billion more than allowed under the 2011 agreement. Republicans want to hold Mr. Obama to the $967 billion ceiling on discretionary spending in the coming fiscal year, a ceiling to which he agreed.

    Spending disputes almost always work to the advantage of Republicans, since Americans believe there’s plenty of waste in Washington. For example, a Feb. 18 Pew Research Center/USA Today poll found 54% felt that to reduce the deficit, the president and Congress should focus “mostly on spending cuts.” Only 16% said the emphasis should be “mostly on tax increases.” This was shortly after the Obama administration’s dire (and false) warnings about the effects of the sequester on the economy.

    The second battle will be over the debt ceiling—government’s ability to borrow—that the Treasury Department says must be raised this fall, probably by November. Mr. Obama cautioned in his weekly address on Saturday against “threatening to default on the bills this country has already racked up.”

    Burnishing his credentials as a deficit hawk, Mr. Obama also claimed in his July 24 speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., that he’s “cut the deficit by nearly half as a share of the economy.” According to the Office of Management and Budget, the annual deficit has indeed fallen to 6% of GDP this fiscal year from 10.1% during Mr. Obama’s first fiscal year.

    But the deficit is still a larger share of the economy than in 62 of the last 68 years since World War II. And the Congressional Budget Office says deficits will bottom out in fiscal year 2015 and begin climbing again. All this means Republicans will insist on further spending restraint, especially on entitlements, as part of any debt-ceiling measure.

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said this weekend the White House wouldn’t negotiate with Congress on the debt ceiling but did not demand that Congress pass a “clean” debt ceiling without spending restrictions. This suggests Mr. Obama understands he may be stuck taking further spending restraint in return for an increase in the limit on federal borrowing.

    He’ll try finessing this with tantalizing offers that ultimately give him more money to spend. But the “grand bargain” he offered Tuesday won’t win any Republican huzzahs. Simplifying the corporate tax code to generate more revenue for what Mr. Obama called “a significant investment” (read: large increases in government spending) is a nonstarter.

    This is especially the case since federal outlays this fiscal year are equal to 22.7% of GDP, higher than in all but six of the last 68 years (with four of those six on Mr. Obama’s watch). The president can forget the $1 trillion in new revenue Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid demanded last week to pay for new spending.

    Both sides face challenges in these looming budget fights. For Mr. Obama, it’s that his latest pivot to the economy won’t work.

    In a June 13 CNN/ORC poll, his approval numbers on handling the economy were anemic (42% approve, 57% disapprove) and even worse on handling the deficit (34% approve, 64% disapprove). Pushing for more spending won’t win support among independents who will decide the 2014 midterms.

    For congressional Republicans, the challenge is to keep the upper hand provided by their strategy of passing continuing resolutions at current levels to fund the government. They must not overreach. For it’s an iron law that Republicans get blamed for any government shutdown, no matter who controls the White House or Congress.

    So Mr. Obama is baiting Republicans to overplay their hand by forcing a government shutdown or failing to offer a constructive conservative agenda. He must change the dynamic, or face Republican control of the House and Senate his last two years in office. No distraction can hide the president’s concern about that.

  17. THS_Warrior says:

    Why would anyone with a operating brain ever think they could cut the transportation budget by $4.4 Billion in a republic that nearly completely depends upon its interstate transportation systems to keep America standing upright? Did these clowns think the Teamsters would not notice?

  18. toptwome says:

    Now these republicans are going on vacation for the whole month of August with very critical work that needs to be worked on. That is what is wrong with the GOP they are gone most of the time.

    • Independent1 says:

      My sense is that they’re gone virtually all the time – their minds and actions are like they’re on vacation 365 days a year!!

  19. LotusJoan says:

    Every time the Speaker is given an
    opportunity to lead he falls far short of adequate. Their loyal minions will continue to support
    the GOP like lemmings going off the cliff.
    Only problem is they will take the rest of us with them.

    • plc97477 says:

      The good news is that the membership of the gop is dropping daily. Less and less people are comfortable aligning with the gop.

  20. EZ2figure says:

    Ryan’s budget was debunked months ago, when it was discovered he used faulty figures to base his assumptions on, while he was crafting it. Beyond that, it is austerity, a program that cuts jobs, while giving those at the top income brackets tax benefits that do no good when the workers can’t afford to buy the products the rich would like to sell them. Cutting government jobs that pay well, and private jobs that don’t, makes for a sum loss at the end of the day! Sorry, but that is the facts! The dribble down theories do not work! They never have! They never will!
    Middle Class wages follow the wages of unions, and government employees, like teachers, firemen, policemen! Government construction jobs are typically bid with guaranteed wage provisions to keep businesses from cheating their employees pay to land a contract, while leveling the playing field for competition to come up with the best plan for each contract! Removing wage structures allows shady companies to cut corners, usually followed by faulty workmanship!
    A drop in Union wages is always followed by private sector job wage drops, and both have been dropping since Ronald Reagan started the trend of attacking union payscales. Reagan, and the post-Reagan Republicans, lowered the taxation on the rich and muzzled our tax system so our nation has less income to operate with, while deficits piled up, while corporate profits have risen ever since! Sadly, this has not resulted in increased worker pay, proving the dribble down theory is false, because greed for profit by the corporations has allowed them to take their spare windfall profits and push for even more tax breaks, by buying lobbyists to protect their windfalls, while lowering wages and benefits even further for the workers.
    The good thing for Republicans, which is bad for American workers, is that unions with less dues paid to them, have less political power to push for better wages, and one of our economic balances has been given to the corporations, backed by the Republicans they fund. This gives Republicans the edge on campaign financing, while reducing the ability of Democrats to provide opposition, just like the corporations like it!
    Ultimately, this will become a nation of haves, and have nots, with the haves numbering in a few million, while the have nots will number in the hundreds of millions of people. This is a recipe for disaster, similar to Mexico, where most of the wealth is held by less than 10% of the people, while the workers have very few benefits.
    If wages continue to decrease, less taxes get paid, increasing the number of years we shall continue to pay off our national debt, while the Republicans, who continue to attack union jobs and wages, until our holiday pay is now being eaten up by sick pay days in many companies! Some companies do not pay sick pay at all! In Texas, there is no requirement for employers to provide healthcare to their employees at all, passing another cost to the workers, while their wages also decrease!
    This is all the effects of austerity, cutting government programs and agencies, while reducing pay and the size of the workforce, while decreasing government income as a result! This is the Ryan Policy, in a nutshell!
    Then, when we find George Bush in the Cayman Islands, putting on seminars on “How to protect corporate profits from taxation in the U.S”, is there any wonder our deficit is going to take even longer to pay off?
    Maybe Democrats are not the real enemy, after all!

  21. bcarreiro says:

    republicans have now learned that paul ryan is an idiot….. accounting is not difficult but the people who are behind the ledgers are. why don’t the republicans start taking the time to be honest and diligent? it could very well pay off…………..fools!!!

  22. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    If the GOP is falling apart, they can look no further than their rousing advocacy for the damnable Tea Party bullies and zealots. They crashed and burned themselves the minute they allowed that Canadian lunkhead turned Texan to threaten the entire population with a government shut down and stoppage of payments of US bills. Now, the GOP is in tatters and there isn’t a way for them to regroup without looking like idiots.

    Add to this the fact that these porker states have lived so long off the federal taxes other state pay and that train left the depot and you can see clearly what the ramifications for porker states are if they dare to shut down the government or stop paying our bills…their states will suffer the most. Why? Because no one in their state earns a salary competitive to those states who pay for conservative pork. So now they have to either raise state salaries or they will end up getting zapped by their own slash and burn legislation. They know they can’t extort any more funding from the rest of the states without looking like a bunch of trough feeders at the last swill.

    • Mark Forsyth says:

      They are indeed idiots and should wear those shoes.They have got the tiger by the tail and dare not let go,but it may be too late because the tiger is too big.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        I agree. Little by little, their attempts to demolish this presidency, the government and healthcare reform is beginning to show more and more their secret back room agenda and the reason for their destructive behavior: working against a system that has worked for 235+ years and has been in a constant start of progress and evolution.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Looking like a bunch of trough feeders never stopped them before.

  23. MasterWes says:

    It all still boils down to the level of education of the favored typical Republican voter. In the words of Karl Rove, the ideal Republican voter seems to be someone who has a slightly lower grade level education than Jethro Beaudine.

    These are his words: “As people do better, they start voting like Republicans – unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.” Need I say more to those uneducated masses?

  24. glorybe2 says:

    What the Republicans have been doing is not obstructionism. It is Treason. To put the good of the people or the good of the nation as their goal is laughable. They simply want government paychecks. A rope, a tree, moonlight and a mob may well be the answer. Drag them from their filthy nests and lynch them.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Scum of the earth, but not traitors!

      I’ve been called a traitor by GOP supporters, and I’ve heard the constant refrain from them against anyone who opposes them all my life, and I’m SICK of it. Let’s not turn into them. If you want to know what a traitor is in the US, read the Constitution; those guys were obviously sick of the term as well.

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