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Is The 2011 Budget Really Going to Pass? Or Will We Have A Shutdown Anyway?

Is The 2011 Budget Really Going to Pass? Or Will We Have A Shutdown Anyway?

When the government shutdown was averted with just hours to spare, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.  A continuing resolution was agreed on with the understanding that a deal had been reached that would be voted through this week.

But is that deal still going to hold up?  Or are we looking at a shutdown just a week later than before?

The more that details have been emerging about what both parties really did agree to, the less anyone seems happy about the final arrangements.  Republicans, who were advocating for even bigger cuts than what Speaker of the House John Boehner managed to obtain, are becoming more frustrated as they learn that some of what they thought would be cuts are just accounting tricks.  And Democrats who have been saying from the start that they need to see the final version to decide on their vote have been eerily quiet.

Now, the National Review has come out opposed to the budget, accusing the Speaker of “politics as usual.”

There’s realism and then there’s cynicism. This deal — oversold and dependent on classic Washington budget trickery — comes too close to the latter. John Boehner has repeatedly said he’s going to reject “business as usual,” but that’s what he’s offered his caucus. It’s one thing for Tea Party Republicans to vote for a cut that falls short of what they’d get if the controlled all of Washington; it’s another thing for them, after making so much of bringing transparency and honesty to the Beltway, to vote for a deal sold partly on false pretenses.

As they push a bargain that is still not fully understood, Boehner and the leadership have put their members in an awful fix with another deadline to keep the government open fast approaching. We’d vote “no,” even if we understand the impulse to move on to more important matters and to avoid a leap into the dark that might include a politically damaging shutdown. At the very least, freshmen and other conservatives should be frank about the deal’s shortcomings, refusing to exaggerate its merits as their leadership often has. The episode is strike one against the speakership of John Boehner.

If Boehner’s leadership is already being questioned, can he keep enough of his own caucus behind him to push through the deal?  Or is it about to crumble apart, and are the forces who have been pushing for a shutdown all along about to get what they wanted?

 

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7:29PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

government for the people?

5:58PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Damn Republicans!

2:46PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Put this on a family perspective - let's say your combined family income is $5000 a month and you are spending $25,000 a month for the last decade. What is the future of this family?
When told that the family has to tighten their belts each family member "knows" that it can't come out of their spending but finally accedes to demands and agrees to spend a $100 less per month. In a microcosm that is the US spending spree. It does almost nothing to cut $38 B in spending it is an attempt to look effective.
Cut deep if you ever want to see any light at all at the end of the tunnel. The federal government should be running on skeleton staffs, the congress and house should be taking pay cuts and getting rid of excess staff. Anything that is not an essential service should be deep sixed immediately and the higher tax brackets should have their taxes raised with no tax rebates for major US corporations. Corporations paying no tax should be told to ante up now they have had their holiday.
The biggest problem is that it is business as usual. No one seems to think that they have to do anything about it and it will all eventually come out alright. The time for action has long since passed. America is coming to a very sad awakening and right now it is still dozing.

8:24AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Mark M,
You really think there is plenty of money in this country??? What have you been drinking?

11:40PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

I believe the collapse of the US economy is imminent for the simple reason that it has been planned by the ZIONIST Elite international Bansters . They have been planning to destroy the US ever since the Fed was taken over by private interests in 1913 just be fore the second world war. By getting control over the US dollar they have been able to manipulate and control everything Globally.and have managed through the UN to undermine all sovereign nations signed up to comply with the majority dictates, whch is possible when many Nations belong to the commomwealth and vote in a block giving them the Balance of power..

8:22PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

It should be illegal and punishable by imprisonment for any politician to accept any funds from any bank or corporation if they are seeking election to or are holding a position in public office.

8:00PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

@ Marianne C: I agree with you 100%, very articulately stated, thank so much for your post! There are many many more of us who see things in this exact same light, we need to find a way to take our country back and return to sanity.

6:47PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

I feel like this is an episode from the Twilight Zone!

5:24PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

Steven B:

What you said, and amen. The Republicans are a living example of not learning from history. They want to deregulate Wall Street, so their financiers can plunder the economy like pirates just as they did in the 1920s.

They want to make abortion illegal, so women can die by the thousands from illegal abortions, just like they did in the 1920s.

They want to abolish unions and collective bargaining. They CERTAINLY want to destroy Social Security and Medicare. They'd like to abolish minimum wage laws, along with child labor laws, in the effort to create a slave caste for whom low-paying toil would become a life-long drudgery.

Sensing a theme? Add to those idiocies the fact that they want Gays treated like criminals, workplace safety laws overturned and OSHA destroyed, the EPA gutted, the middle class abolished, and health care made the province of the rich.

What they want, in short, is to reverse progress in every form for everyone but their corporate sponsors. Then we can all return to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when the Robber Barons held the government and the economy in an iron grip, and nobody else had any power or any rights.

We thought we'd already fought all those battles: civil rights, labor rights, women's rights, children's rights, the rights of the elderly to a basic level of security. But if the Republicans have their way, those battles we thought had already been fought and won will be overturned.

These are dangerous time

4:07PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

Don Isaksen (the Prequel)
The same scenario played out before Black Tuesday crashed the Stock Markets in 1929, little to no regulation of the banks by a Republican Administration allowed the banks to buy stocks with little or no Margin (collateral for stock purchases). Republicans' little to no regulations allowed Wall St to build an economy without a sound foundation and that economy collaped October 24,1929 when stocks plummeted and buyers defaulted on purchases with no margin collateral for the sellers to recoupe losses. The bankers had been using depositors' money to play the market and when the public learned the banks were going bust it caused a run on banks all across America as depositors tried to withdraw their savings before their bank collapsed. The Glass-Steagal Act of 1933 put a wall between investment banks and day to day banks to protect against another Black Tuesday type collapse of the American economy, This kept the economy safe for almost 75 years until the Act was clipped by the Republican Congress in Clinton's second term. The complete gutting of the Act in 2001 gave the investment banks the green light to again take our economy to another crash in 2008. The same Wall St practices that lead to the 2008 collapse of the American economy are being used by the same players on Wall St who caused the crash in 2008. They got off scot-free while Main St was again saddled with the burden of cleaning up the mess caused by the excesses of the "chosen few" on Wall s

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