They Call This ‘Serious About the Deficit’
In case you’ve been too busy following the dramatic goings-on in WI over the state supreme court election (something smells rotten in the Cheese State), there’s also been lots of action in DC. One party is trying to make sure the government continues to function and provides services for millions of people and the other is giddy at the idea military personnel won’t get their paychecks. Guess which is which.
Apparently, the main sticking points have so little to do with the Most Important Issue of Our Time™ (i.e. the budget deficit for some reason) it’s laughable. I’m not sure anyone other than the most fervent Tea Baggers and this guy understand why taking rights away from women and gutting the EPA’s ability to keep our air clean is going to make us prosperous again. But here we are. Negotiations have been ongoing since early this week with no solution in sight. As of this morning, there was still hope that a shutdown might be averted, even as furlough notices were going out. But Boehner and his rabid caucus are refusing to budge and so we’re practically back to square one. It’s like a slow motion bad dream that seems too ridiculous to be true.
Then you wake up and Paul Ryan is handing you his budget proposal.