ABC: GOP, Dems reach tentative budget deal involving “at least $33 billion” in cuts; Update: No deal?

posted at 7:09 pm on March 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

So there’s the secret top-line figure we knew of but didn’t have a number for. $33 billion — and maybe a bit more — pegging this just north of half of the GOP’s target for the year.

Good enough, tea partiers?

Sources tell me that budget negotiators on Capitol Hill have tentatively agreed on a deal that would involve at least $33 billion in spending cuts from this year’s budget. That’s $23 billion dollars more than Democrats have previously agreed to in short-term continuing resolutions, and $28 billion less than Republicans previously passed in the House…

The deal could still fall apart over the composition of the cuts, or policy “riders” previously passed by the House. These include issues like de-funding Planned Parenthood and President Obama’s health care legislation. It’s also not clear that this compromise will fly with rank-and-file House Republicans, which means that the $33 billion goal could still climb by a few billion. But this is most significant progress since the beginning of negotiations.

Riddle me this. Given how intent the base is to not see the leadership cave and accept smaller cuts, even if it means a shutdown, why would Boehner signal that he’s willing to accept smaller cuts before a firm deal has been struck? It’s one thing to irritate grassroots righties if you’re winning centrists in the process by nailing down a compromise, but if negotiations end up collapsing over O-Care or PP funding, then he’s got angry conservatives on the one hand and disillusioned moderates on the other. Lose/lose.

Before you throw up your hands and decide that it’s third-party time, though, here’s a bit of breaking news from The Hill: “Senate Republicans will finally unveil their balanced budget amendment tomorrow, this time with leadership (I.e., McConnell) on board.” That’s the way they’re going to sell this to Republican voters, I guess — by accepting a deal on this year’s budget and then going nuclear on the next, replete with entitlement reform and a BBA. Works for me, but for non-RINOs? We’ll see.

Update: Dan Foster at NRO says to beware of Democrats bearing compromises:

“They are setting us up by saying there is a deal,” the [Republican] source says, “so when there isn’t one by 4/8, they can claim they had a deal but we backed out.”


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angryed on March 30, 2011 at 8:51 PM

And mail their crap back to em with I only give to Sarah or conservative candidates directly so they have to pay for it.

dhunter on March 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Works for me, but for non-RINOs? We’ll see.

LMAO….!

nope.

Bohner mishandled this from the git-go. If $30B ends up being the number after the mid-term landslide – this guy is the biggest boob currently in the party (and that’s saying alot these days).

What a timid little man.

Tim_CA on March 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

What they did was agree to back in the Cabinet….a box of matches……..

………after the have poured gasoline on our Rome!!!

Enjoy the media praise you match-savers!!

PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Tea Party is not dead, its takin names and reloading!

If these jerks think the way to marginalize the Tea Party is to ignore us and do business as usual they will have a rude awakening in the next couple of election cycles!

dhunter on March 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

$33 billion is literally pocket change to the Feds. California spent $53 billion on education alone last year. What happened today isn’t compromise, it’s career protection for a bunch of clowns that told us enough of what we wanted to hear to get elected.

repvoter on March 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I know. It breaks the heart, don’t it?

Weight of Glory on March 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

PAGING TEA PARTY HOUSE FRESHMEN!!

Where arrrrrrrrrre you?

PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

The $2 billion-per-week cuts in the continuing resolutions would have amounted to twice this.

Caiwyn on March 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Congress: Quit F**king Around and CUT!!!

n0doz on March 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Blah, blah. When you get up to $500 billion in cuts, terminating the Dept. of Education, Homeland Security, ATF, Planned Parenthood and NPR — for starters — let me know.

rrpjr on March 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Boehner, Cantor and McConnell are No Labels.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Good enough, tea partiers?
No.

motionview on March 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

If the Republicans can only go 1/2, they can kiss off any support in the future.

GarandFan on March 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Are they freakin defunding freakin O-care?

Wasn’t that promised to us ?

stenwin77 on March 30, 2011 at 9:11 PM

OK, someone above asked how to relate this national budget fiscal mess to the regular family. Thanks to the poster above that corrected my math. So let’s take the scenario requested.

You have an American Family. They spend $100,000 per year, however, they only make $60,000 per year in income. They are putting $40,000 a year on credit card debt, adding to their overall credit card debt that they have been carrying. Their credit limit is $480,000 (12 times their deficit spending). They are bumping up against that credit limit this year.

The family has to cut ALL credit card spending to avoid going over their credit limit. However, this family is seriously addicted to spending, so they just don’t understand the peril they are in. They go to their financial advisory and offer to cut $1,000 in spending, leaving their credit card spending at $39,000 for the year over and above their income.

This is where we are as a nation. We are running at our credit card limit, and we are only offering to cut a sliver of our overspending.

karenhasfreedom on March 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

The old guard has to be cleansed out fully. Boehner is a politician not a conservative rock rib never was never will be.

I don’t know about everyone else but looks like same old same old. I remember a 04′ election were it was we need a super majority to get stuff done blah blah resulted in the biggest graft run since well since enter O and Dem control again. Then we have the tea party revolution and we get well next year next year next year. It never ends.

Time to put down or shut the f*ck up and get out of the way. Pence should be in Boehner’s job if he refuses to run for pres.

C-Low on March 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

karenhasfreedom on March 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Nice.
Thanks.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

From a $100 billion promise to $61 billion down to $33 billion, just THREE BILLION MORE than the Dem’s offer of $30 billion originally.

What a hell of a deal you cut, GOP.

We wont’ forget, either.

manofaiki on March 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I’m starting to think a third party to replace the Republicans is coming sooner rather than later…

Waiting for the 2012 budget…

Khun Joe on March 30, 2011 at 9:19 PM

These people are the enemies of our Republic. Every stinking one of them.

I’m sending Boner a link to this post in the morning. Let’s give him something to cry about.

Naturally Curly on March 30, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Interesting update.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2011 at 9:24 PM

$33 Billion is good. I hope they get that done.

SoulGlo on March 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I know. It breaks the heart, don’t it?

Weight of Glory on March 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Shatters it…

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

From a $100 billion promise to $61 billion down to $33 billion, just THREE BILLION MORE than the Dem’s offer of $30 billion originally.

What a hell of a deal you cut, GOP.

We wont’ forget, either.

manofaiki on March 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

These whores are not of a particularly good variety, They seem kinda desperate and as such must be a little diseased, toothless,clueless, almost senile.

Their negotiatin skills leave little satisfaction for their bosses so i guess the Tea Party will have to bit..slap them again in 12.

Takin names and kickin asses Tea Party Patriots 2012!

dhunter on March 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Hey golly, look at the update. I bet Boehner is holding out for $40 billion, or who knows, maybe even $45 billion?

We had him all wrong! /

sharrukin on March 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

No.

I will accept it only if they go with a Rand Paul budget next year.

rbj on March 30, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Well, that’s the thing. Some here disagree, but the conventional thinking in Washington is that in order to get that sort of budget (maybe not AS far as Paul goes – they’re certainly not going to be abolishing cabinet departments, but should tackle other reforms like entitlement reform or tax reform), you have to essentially compromise on this year’s budget and get it over and out of the way, so that the real war can commence on the 2012 budget. Certainly both sides believe that, not just Republicans – which is why Democrats are itching for a shutdown NOW, because they are well aware that if a shutdown happens now and they successfully demagogue the issue and ensure Republicans shoulder all or most of the blame for it, the austerity measures the Republicans / tea partiers want to tackle in the 2012 budget are completely imperiled. If the public turns on Republicans for what we all agree are miniscule cuts indeed, what do you think they’ll do for the more serious cuts down the road in the 2012 budget? Forcing a shutdown now is playing RIGHT into the Democrats hands. It’s the only card that the Dems have to play (given that they’re not really serious about fiscal responsibility to begin with and thus have no serious budget proposal of their own), and they’re using it.

Is there a commenter on this site who believes they will make good on the promise to “go nuclear” next year?

Kataklysmic on March 30, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Yes, I do. You can think me naive, but they’ll have to push for at least SOME version of major reform – tax reform, entitlement reform, balance budget amendment, etc., one or (preferably) more of those – in order to satisfy the grassroots base. If they DON’T push for at least one major reform, they’ll be damned on both sides – liberals will demagogue them on ANY amount of cuts (as we’ve seen with the minor cuts now), and the tea partiers / grassroots will primary them and attempt to throw as many as possible out on their @ss. Better for them to push hard for at LEAST one major reform (again, better to push for MULTIPLE reforms) in order to satisfy the base.

So yes, actually, I do think they’ll “go nuclear’ simply because 2012 will be an election year, and if they don’t make a genuine concerted effort to push through SOMETHING substantial (even if the Senate Dems and Obama kill it in the end), they’ll be between a rock and a hard place going into the 2012 election. They won’t take that risk.

Vyce on March 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

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canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Don’t buy into the update … we’ve had stories all day about “cracks” in the GOP house leadership – so something is going on here for sure.

And … what does it matter? Even if the Dims are setting the Republicans up for failure here – who’s fault is that?

The GOP should have put out a budget with $100B in cuts featuring … PREDOMINANTLY … a complete axing of funding for PPP, NEA, PBS, NPR … etc.

THEN SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN.

And we could have blamed it on Dims – by saying that they forced a shutdown in order to maintain funding for stupid-assed programs that most Americans want to end.

It’s called OFFENSE.

And … when you’re not on it it means …

YOU’RE ON DEFENSE.

Which is where the Republicans are right now – right after sweeping a historic election.

Who’s fault is THAT?

HondaV65 on March 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Yes, I do. You can think me naive, but they’ll have to push for at least SOME version of major reform – tax reform, entitlement reform, balance budget amendment, etc., one or (preferably) more of those – in order to satisfy the grassroots base.

They are forging an alliance with Democrats AGAINST the grassroots base even now, yet you think they will suddenly turn around and start cutting?

Naive is the correct word.

So yes, actually, I do think they’ll “go nuclear’ simply because 2012 will be an election year, and if they don’t make a genuine concerted effort to push through SOMETHING substantial

And you don’t think they will tell us that its an election year and we just can’t afford to imperil removing Obama by upsetting so many voters just before the election? Wouldn’t it be better to wait until after the election when we have a president and possibly a win across the board before going for the big cuts?

Naive is the correct word.

(even if the Senate Dems and Obama kill it in the end), they’ll be between a rock and a hard place going into the 2012 election. They won’t take that risk.

Vyce on March 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

So you are talking about kabuki theater where they know it won’t pass and yet they posture and pretend to be tough knowing its DOA?

What exactly are you trying to convince people of here?

Do you think they will seriously make cuts in an election year, or will it just be meaningless ritual?

sharrukin on March 30, 2011 at 9:52 PM

The tea party doesn’t want to leave the Republican Party. We want to take it away from those willing to compromise with a left that moves further and further left.

There will be primary elections. Compromisers will not be immune. Principles matter. Seniority not so much.

exdeadhead on March 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM

It’s called OFFENSE.

And … when you’re not on it it means …

YOU’RE ON DEFENSE.

Which is where the Republicans are right now – right after sweeping a historic election.

Who’s fault is THAT?

HondaV65 on March 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Mr. Speaker for starters. Can you imagine getting him in a no limit game of Hold ‘em?

Tim_CA on March 30, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Not enough. Boehner hasn’t even cried yet.

flyoverland on March 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM

They are forging an alliance with Democrats AGAINST the grassroots base even now, yet you think they will suddenly turn around and start cutting?

You’re looking at that from a fundamentally skewed perspective. You think this is some sort of grand “betrayal”, it isn’t. It’s a strategic move, either 1) to generate bipartisan support to force Senate Dems to sign off on the deal (lest they be put on the hook for killing a consensus House bill) or 2) designed specifically to allow the tea party House GOP to take a “principled” vote against the new bill. Or 3), a little of both.

And you don’t think they will tell us that its an election year and we just can’t afford to imperil removing Obama by upsetting so many voters just before the election? Wouldn’t it be better to wait until after the election when we have a president and possibly a win across the board before going for the big cuts?

Then you have the option, in 2012, of primarying anyone who refuses to seriously tackle reform in the 2012 budget. Either they’ll shift gears out of fear being replaced or they’ll be gone come the next election, one way or another.

Vyce on March 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Good enough, tea partiers?

Depends. How much interest do you want to pay on the national debt? Now, instead of $1,600 Billion in new debt on top of the existing amount, there is only $1,567 Billion in new debt. Are you OK with that?

fluffy on March 30, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Then you have the option, in 2012, of primarying anyone who refuses to seriously tackle reform in the 2012 budget. Either they’ll shift gears out of fear being replaced or they’ll be gone come the next election, one way or another.

Vyce on March 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Unfortunately that won’t include Boehner….if he ends up screwing the proverbial pooch, we’re still stuck with him for another full term.

Tim_CA on March 30, 2011 at 10:09 PM

THE PAPPY PLAN

1. Seal the border.

2. 10% across the board federal spending cuts.

Let’s start there………..and see if we can even do that.

PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

You know when I KNEW the GOP House Leadership wasn’t about really doing what they needed to do (even when they gained the Majority)?

…..when they showed the door to Michelle Bachmann and picked the Mitt Romneyite Kristi Noem as their token female in the Leadership team.

RINO Sellouts all around (Tea Party Freshman YOU SUCK TOO).

PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Then you have the option, in 2012, of primarying anyone who refuses to seriously tackle reform in the 2012 budget. Either they’ll shift gears out of fear being replaced or they’ll be gone come the next election, one way or another.

Vyce on March 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Unfortunately that won’t include Boehner….if he ends up screwing the proverbial pooch, we’re still stuck with him for another full term.

Tim_CA on March 30, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Before you corret me….I realize I had my houses mixed up. 2012 indeed

Tim_CA on March 30, 2011 at 10:14 PM

You’re looking at that from a fundamentally skewed perspective.

No, I am looking at this from the perspective of what is good for the country and the children who will inherit this mess.

It’s a strategic move, either 1) to generate bipartisan support to force Senate Dems to sign off on the deal (lest they be put on the hook for killing a consensus House bill)

Force Democrats to sign off on the deal? They want the deal because it cuts nothing!

Why would they have a problem with this deal?

You think after what we saw the Democrats do with ObamaCare they give a rats patootie about a consensus?

or 2) designed specifically to allow the tea party House GOP to take a “principled” vote against the new bill. Or 3), a little of both.

Well then that would be elected representatives claiming to believe one thing, but instead turning around and screwing those who elected them by surrendering on what they promised for political expedience.

I guess thats where this comes in…

You think this is some sort of grand “betrayal”,

Then you have the option, in 2012, of primarying anyone who refuses to seriously tackle reform in the 2012 budget. Either they’ll shift gears out of fear being replaced or they’ll be gone come the next election, one way or another.

Vyce on March 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM

You assume we haven’t all heard this same idiot tune before.

We have.

We need a third party and let the GOP fade into the garbage bin of history where it belongs.

sharrukin on March 30, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Bill Kristol said today that Ryan and the GOP are announcing their 2012 comprehensive budget plan Tuesday–entitlement cuts are included. So he says “simmer down.”

Better be good.

PattyJ on March 30, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Bill Kristol said today that Ryan and the GOP are announcing their 2012 comprehensive budget plan Tuesday–entitlement cuts are included. So he says “simmer down.”

Better be good.

PattyJ on March 30, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Simmah down now!!

SouthernGent on March 30, 2011 at 10:32 PM

HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How many years have I been telling you? And how many years did Limbaugh lead you by the nose to continue supporting these corrupt politicians? He finally confessed to pulling water for them to keep you all in line after the 2006 GOP implosion. Yet you all continue to worship the man. Here’s some advice, worship GOD!

Right behind Boehner is someone who will work to finally put a nail in the coffin of the GOP, something he was assigned for – Cantor.

Beware the Kenites…

The GOP has betrayed you…Again…And…

The GOP will betray you…Again

True_King on March 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM

What they did was agree to PUT back in the Cabinet…..a box of matches….

………after they (NERO and his ilk in Congress) have poured gasoline (FROM CARGO PLANES) on our FINANCIAL Rome!!!

Enjoy the media praise you match-savers!!

FIXED IT

PappyD61 on March 30, 2011 at 10:41 PM

If the Democrats were lying about a deal being struck, wouldn’t Republicans loudly and publicly announce that the Democrats are lying instead of anonymously suggesting it to a NRO writer?

Buddahpundit on March 30, 2011 at 10:45 PM

All you Extremists out theah simmah down now!/

kingsjester on March 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Shut it down!

GarandFan on March 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM

The CBO says that our national debt is increasing at a rate of $10,000,000,000 (ten billion dollars) per week. This minuscule cut of 33 billion is just three and a third weeks worth of deficits. Folks, that’s a bandaid on an aortic hemmorage. If this is the best that Boehner can do, it’s time for him to step down.

stefano1 on March 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

No; not good enough.

Zero compromise. Cut it to the bone. This amount of cut is meaningless – why f@#$ing bother?

Midas on March 30, 2011 at 11:36 PM

AP

Works for me, but for non-RINOs? We’ll see.

At least you admit you are a RINO.

WoosterOh on March 30, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Gotta take out the $105 Billion obamacare slush fund on top of anything else Boehner agrees to…

Gohawgs on March 31, 2011 at 12:31 AM

While I want to support our team, I do not see any legitimate reason for them to be so timid. It seems like this is a time for absolute demands. Are they going to fold like this when it comes to raising the debt ceiling?

GaltBlvnAtty on March 31, 2011 at 12:35 AM

I knew when Boehner turned out to be a crybaby that he didn’t have the balls to stand up to these jackholes on the other side. We need Bachmann or Ryan or Rubio to have the Speaker’s gavel. Someone who isn’t a-feared to give a giant finger to the Democrats.

NoLeftTurn on March 31, 2011 at 2:37 AM

As much as I hate em, it’s always hilarious to watch the Democrats bytch slapping the Stupid Party leadership around year after year no matter how big a majority or minority either Party has.

The Dems are total pros; large muscular politicos running on steroids as opposed to the Stupid Party who operate like scared young teenage girls.

rickyricardo on March 31, 2011 at 2:41 AM

OK, someone above asked how to relate this national budget fiscal mess to the regular family. Thanks to the poster above that corrected my math. So let’s take the scenario requested.

You have an American Family. They spend $100,000 per year, however, they only make $60,000 per year in income. They are putting $40,000 a year on credit card debt, adding to their overall credit card debt that they have been carrying. Their credit limit is $480,000 (12 times their deficit spending). They are bumping up against that credit limit this year.

The family has to cut ALL credit card spending to avoid going over their credit limit. However, this family is seriously addicted to spending, so they just don’t understand the peril they are in. They go to their financial advisory and offer to cut $1,000 in spending, leaving their credit card spending at $39,000 for the year over and above their income.

This is where we are as a nation. We are running at our credit card limit, and we are only offering to cut a sliver of our overspending.

karenhasfreedom on March 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

^This.

This is exactly how some enterprising GOPer needs to put it to the American people. Explain it to them in terms they can wrap their brains around. These asshats know that $33 billion sounds like the average American who lives on $40K per year. That’s why they figure they can get by with it. That enough voters will find it so impossible to wrap their brains around the magnitude of these figures that $33 billion and $1 trillion don’t sound all that far apart.

NoLeftTurn on March 31, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Suckers. There was no deal, it was Biden and Reid trying to poison the well.

Vyce seems to understand the situation, which makes two of us.

I hope the rest of you are better with a firearm, because you keep missing the point here.

Adjoran on March 31, 2011 at 6:31 AM

Tons of ass kicking going on here, Boehner! ROFL I’m pretty sure we’ve already spent this 33 billion plus the last 6 billion on Libya, you idiots.

Levinite on March 31, 2011 at 7:59 AM

See what happens when you believe the 0bamaGanda media?

Fools all of the fools ALL of the time. ;o)

DannoJyd on March 31, 2011 at 8:31 AM

I hope the rest of you are better with a firearm, because you keep missing the point here.

Adjoran on March 31, 2011 at 6:31 AM

Wait and watch brother – wait and watch.

There’s a deal alrighty!

HondaV65 on March 31, 2011 at 8:31 AM

As much as I hate em, it’s always hilarious to watch the Democrats bytch slapping the Stupid Party leadership around year after year no matter how big a majority or minority either Party has.

The Dems are total pros; large muscular politicos running on steroids as opposed to the Stupid Party who operate like scared young teenage girls.

rickyricardo on March 31, 2011 at 2:41 AM

^^This

HondaV65 on March 31, 2011 at 8:33 AM

These politicians wouldn’t know a real cut if it bit them in the face! Although one party is worse than the other, neither of them seem to get it.

sadatoni on March 31, 2011 at 8:41 AM

I say we forget how to compromise. We should offer 40 billion, they refuse, we cut 50 billion, and so on. Let’s have a govt shut down, at least that way we would save some money.

jeffn21 on March 31, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Let it all crash…

Let’s start over.

Maybe we should actually be spending more so we get to the end game faster…the GOP and the Dems can hold hands and walk down the path to Oblivion together…

PatriotRider on March 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I don’t want to be part of, work within, or participate with the current system and it’s bloated, corrupt “leaders” and institutions anymore…

I would much rather be part of the birth of a new USA than deal with this crap…

PatriotRider on March 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Good enough, tea partiers?

NO…

DaSaintFan on March 31, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Can somebody direct me to the website where I can donate to whoever will run against Boehner in the primary?

Over50 on March 31, 2011 at 10:08 AM

If that weakling compromised, or if any of the GOP elitist, career politicians compromised, they are toast. Burnt toast. Have they not the brains that God gave them?

ultracon on March 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

The Dems are total pros; large muscular politicos running on steroids as opposed to the Stupid Party who operate like scared young teenage girls.

rickyricardo on March 31, 2011 at 2:41 AM

I’d love to see how those ‘pros’ would do without 98% of the media refusing to challenge them on anything they do and attacking the GOP for everything. This is not a balanced playing field. The GOP can do the exact right thing for this country and will still get blamed.

Now I’m not condoning this ‘compromise’ if it is what indeed gets agreed to. It’s weak sauce. But let’s not act like holding 1 house of Congress gives us all the cards here. I have no doubt that if there is a shutdown that every newspaper and network in America will be putting the blame squarely on the GOP no matter how it goes down.

The silence as The Won leads us to failure in Libya should be ample proof that the Dems can do nothing wrong and GOP can do nothing right.

SittingDeadRed on March 31, 2011 at 10:32 AM

$33 Billion is just over four days’ worth of deficit spending in 2011!!!

So why is Boehner making like $33 Billion “cut” from a phony inflated baseline is some kind of a victory? Doesn’t he realized that he’s been totally pwnd by the Demo/RINO Washington spendorama crowd??

Or is Boehner secretly a big-spending RINO who’s happy with this pitifully-inadequate result?

Compared to Boehner, Charlie Brown looks prescient as he once again allows Lucy to hold the ball as he approaches for another kicking attempt…

landlines on March 31, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I would say that this “compromise” is an appropriate announcement for Friday (April 1). If the Republicans agree to whatever the Democrats pretend to want, the Democrats will push through and break their side of the “deal” and announce April Fool

sabbahillel on March 31, 2011 at 10:42 AM

So the “deal” is that Harry Reid has agreed to vote on the original $60 billion cuts in the Senate.

J_Crater on March 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

I’m starting to think a third party to replace the Republicans is coming sooner rather than later…

Waiting for the 2012 budget…
.
2010 We cleaned house here of old timers put in new blood on a short leash.
We packed the hall Tuesday and elected new Republican party officials.
Go out take over the local republican Party apparatus,it is easy, then you will either be the solution or the problem.
You will not be ignored any longer.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Good enough, tea partiers?

No, a zero on the end of the number might pique my interest.

Vashta.Nerada on March 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Hey golly, look at the update. I bet Boehner is holding out for $40 billion, or who knows, maybe even $45 billion?

We had him all wrong! /

sharrukin on March 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

WOW...6 days…maybe even 6.5 days’ worth of deficit reduction!!! WHAT A DEAL!!!

/sarc>

Take names of all RINOs and incompetent “Republican” negotiators. They are totally worthless and they need to pursue a different line of work ASAP…so we can replace them with real, competent conservatives.

landlines on March 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM

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