What’s so wrong with Reid’s bill?

posted at 2:45 pm on July 29, 2011 by Tina Korbe

House Speaker John Boehner’s debt-ceiling-and-deficit-reduction bill, now through Revision Round 2 and headed for likely passage, has hogged most media attention over the past few days, but, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now touting his bill as “the only compromise there is,” the lesser-known parts of Reid’s proposal deserve a little bit of attention.

First and most importantly, the bill actually explicitly seeks to excuse the Senate from passing a budget resolution for the next two years. Reid and Senate Democrats have enjoyed a more-than-800-day vacation from crafting a budget in the first place, but that’s just not enough never mind that the law requires the Senate to pass a budget every year. So, how does the Reid plan enable the Senate to skirt its responsibility even further? It “deems” a budget for this year and next year.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) explained today on the Senate floor just what this means:

The Reid amendment to increase the debt limit deems two consecutive budget resolutions for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. In other words, it basically takes over the budget process and sets the basic spending number. Does the president think the Senate should go two more years without crafting or passing a budget? We’ve already gone two. The Reid amendment sets spending allocations for most Senate committees at the Congressional Budget Office’s rising baseline. … So it just says we’re going to deem the amount we spend, what C.B.O. has projected our growth and spending to be. And C.B.O. projects growth in spending. They don’t set that as right for America, but they project that’s what will occur under current circumstances. … So without hearings or debate on these allocations, this provision would provide a further excuse for avoiding a budget and increase the likelihood … the Congressional Budget Act will be violated for the third straight year. This is an abrogation of the responsibilities of the Senate and of the Budget Committee of the United States Senate. We were not elected to the Senate and chosen to serve on the Committee on the Budget … to see most of the budget levels automatically raised based on a set of spending growth projections by some apparachix in the C.B.O.

Sessions is right. It is an abrogation of responsibility — and one that’s been little remarked upon in discussion of Reid’s amendment.

Next, Reid’s bill boasts the largest debt increase in U.S. history — $2.7 trillion. Up to now, the most sizable increase has been $1.9 trillion (also an Obama increase). Debt ceiling increases might be routine — but hikes of this magnitude are not. Far better — and, frankly, more in line with precedent — to split that increase into two “smaller” amounts (even split in half, the increase is monstrous!).

Finally, as has been repeatedly pointed out, the savings in Reid’s bill aren’t exactly real. Reid touts dollar-for-dollar savings, but that’s a ruse. The bill actually delivers just $1 trillion in cuts in exchange for that unprecedented $2.7 trillion increase. The Global War on Terror savings are a gimmick. The administration has never requested current levels of funding for the war for the next ten years (i.e. the administration has never planned to spend $160 billion each year on the war for the next 10 years).  Not funding what the administration was never going to fund doesn’t qualify as a cut.

Yet, Reid still claims his bill represents a compromise, whereas Boehner’s bill does not. Here he is today, making it sound as though he’s doing a favor to moderate Republicans who recoil from the lack of compromise Boehner has put forth:

Right now, this is the only compromise there is. … What is being done in the House is not a compromise. It’s being jammed through there with all kinds of non-transparent dealings. We’re recognizing the only compromise there is, is mine. Ours is truly a bipartisan piece of legislation. Republicans realize that. I’ve had a number of Republicans come to me. I had one Republican come to me and say, “Thank you” for your legislation. … I’ve asked my friend Sen. McConnell to meet with me and try to work this out. … The stakes couldn’t be higher. The security of our nation, every family, is at stake here. If the debt ceiling is not increased, every American family will feel an increase in their taxes, all their payments, credit cards, loans that they’ve taken out for their children to go to college, car payments, mortgages on their houses. So I say here to my Republican colleagues in the Senate to put the American people first. … The people we all represent want us to come together.

But what does the bill offer that Republicans want? Equivalent cuts? No. Enforceable future cuts? No. A vote on a balanced budget amendment? Certainly not.

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

 


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Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Because he is a nice, sensitive man who cares about hurting feelings. Why can’t we all just get along?

keep the change on July 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Watch the other hand.

Mangy Scot on July 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Apparently we don’t do that. No one cares what the Republicans find unacceptable.

Cindy Munford on July 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I don’t know…maybe because Boehner is spineless, gullible, and a poor leader.

Pattosensei on July 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

First and most importantly, the bill actually explicitly seeks to excuse the Senate from passing a budget resolution for the next two years. Reid and Senate Democrats have enjoyed a more-than-800-day vacation from crafting a budget in the first place, but that’s just not enough – never mind that the law requires the Senate to pass a budget every year. So, how does the Reid plan enable the Senate to skirt its responsibility even further? It “deems” a budget for this year and next year.

THIS is what Boehner and the GOP need to be screaming from the rafters. THIS is why BBA is off the table. Those cowards don’t want their names attached to a vote ahead of their elections. CALL THEM ON IT.

Rational Thought on July 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

never mind that the law requires the Senate to pass a budget every year.

Exactly when do we send the police to arrest these traitors for violating the law?

csdeven on July 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Well, at least he’s not as bad as that turncoat b@$tard Allen West. /

catmman on July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Question:

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Answer: Spinectomy

dirtseller on July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Hopefully Reid’s bill will be on Hannity and Rush and all the other conservative channels. Hopefully Boehner will make a mockery of it on the news. Hopefully this will never see the light of day and be DOA when it arrives at the House.

Hopefully the Republicans grow a spine and don’t let this travesty through.

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I seen you on Hannity a few nights ago Tina. I thought you did a fine job. Keep it up.

csdeven on July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Can we as the American people sue Congress for a breach of duty by not passing a budget?

Mo_mac on July 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM

What I don’t think the leadership understands—there is noting they can that will prevent the MSM from blaming them for ANYTHING that goes wrong.

What I don’t understand—why do they care what the MSM thinks? Just do the right thing.

dirtseller on July 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

No survival instinct.

No predatory instict.

What you get from that: vulnerable prey.

ajacksonian on July 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Because the Dems and MSM would scold them for not being “bipartisan.”

And McCain would call them hobbits.

Wethal on July 29, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Well, at least he’s not as bad as that turncoat b@$tard Allen West. /

catmman on July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

West supports him and his bill. Birds of a feather.

keep the change on July 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Because he is a nice, sensitive man who cares about hurting feelings. Why can’t we all just get along?

keep the change on July 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

And you just know that when it’s all settled he’s gonna blubber and sob for the cameras again. Oy.

whatcat on July 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Gee, a backroom deal between Reid, McConnell, and Boehner seems soooo likely right now.

fossten on July 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

So, if you take the starting position to be not increasing the debit ceiling (which I suppose would add up to tens of trillions of dollars in cuts over the next decade), even CCB looks more like a purely Democrat bill than a compromise. To be an actual compromise, the cuts are going to have to be in the double diggets of trillions.

Count to 10 on July 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

evil last days…

golfmann on July 29, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Well, at least he’s not as bad as that turncoat b@$tard Allen West. /

catmman on July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

West supports him and his bill. Birds of a feather.

keep the change on July 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

There you have it. Here I was making a snarky, sarcastic comment and KTC goes ahead and agrees that Allen west is just as bad as Harry Reid.

catmman on July 29, 2011 at 3:02 PM

El Rushbo was just discussing the obscene and failed little Bammie stimulus, and the fact that that amount of money, $800B or so, is now in the baseline. That means going forward it is a given that additional money is in the budget. That demonstrates what is wrong with DC.

Why doesn’t Boehner extract the failed stimulus and claim $8T in savings?

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

None of the cuts are actually cuts to current spending. And none of them apply now in any case.

So whatever “cuts” are in the bill, are just a scam. So why would the GOP pass a bill to get Obama his ceiling increase? The Dems get the money today and the taxpayers just get the bill.

keep the change on July 29, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Many of the 20-plus Democrats up for reelection next year, despite belonging to a party that insists on raising taxes now, would rather not run on that record. And because Reid’s plan would set revenue levels according to the Congressional Budget Office baseline, which follows current law (including the expiration of business tax extenders, the AMT patch, and the Bush tax rates), rather than current policy, it effectively assumes a tax increase of about $3.5 trillion over ten years. So they get their tax increase, but without having to actually vote on it.

NRO

Wethal on July 29, 2011 at 3:04 PM

catmman on July 29, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I’m referring to Boner. You’d have known that when I said that West supported the bill. He supports Boner’s bill.

keep the change on July 29, 2011 at 3:06 PM

El Rushbo was just discussing the obscene and failed little Bammie stimulus, and the fact that that amount of money, $800B or so, is now in the baseline. That means going forward it is a given that additional money is in the budget. That demonstrates what is wrong with DC.

Why doesn’t Boehner extract the failed stimulus and claim $8T in savings?

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Because the Dems would scream, “They cutting funding for [fill in blank with poor, crippled, elderly,. etc. program]!

And yes, raising the baseline was one of the goals of the stimiulus, which some conservatives saw, but the Maine Twins and Arlen didn’t care about.

The Dems knew they’d later have an argument for raising the debt limit, taxes, or both with the new baseline.

Wethal on July 29, 2011 at 3:07 PM

“Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?”

Why isn’t Boehner standing up and laying the blame for this mess on the increased spending of the Democrats over the last two years…?

Why isn’t Boehner defending the TEA Party, and there Representatives as Americans, who were forced to take action after the Democrats shoved Obowmacare down our throats…?

Why isn’t Boehner pointing out every single failed Obowma and Democrat regulation and policy while he has the national spot light upon him…?

Why isn’t he fighting with everything he has to destroy the Democrats over this issue…?

(should I go on?)

Seven Percent Solution on July 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Well, when this Reid bill gets to the House, Boehner could table it couldn’t he?

Or better yet, don’t even schedule it for a vote. DOA

Why should we contribute to our own demise and help our opponents?

Doesn’t the House have any sand?

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:10 PM

This may be Obamas and Reids finest hour.

If they are able to delay the “cuts” for years and lock in the stimulus level spending they should be crowned.

rickyricardo on July 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

keep the change on July 29, 2011 at 3:06 PM

But this post isn’t about Boehner, its about Reid (though Boehner is mentioned several times)

Perhaps your threads are confused?

catmman on July 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Reid will time it so it comes back with just enough time to pass it unchanged before 8/2.

Wethal on July 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Because he’s dealing behind closed doors with Reid, McConnell,
Pelosi and Obama to push through another bad deal for the American people.

hachiban on July 29, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Well, at least he’s not as bad as that turncoat b@$tard Allen West. /
catmman on July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM
West supports him and his bill. Birds of a feather.
keep the change on July 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Are you guys serious, or are you just pulling a Bishop?

Count to 10 on July 29, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Not funding what the administration was never going to fund doesn’t qualify as a cut.

Hey guess what. I wasn’t going to spend a million dollars, now I’ve decided to not fund it. Total savings, $1 million. Now I’m a millionaire!

I hereby deem that Harry Reid has been paid for the next two years. Now we don’t need to actually do it.

rbj on July 29, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Come on- Reid’s bill will never pass the House. Boehner doesn’t need to come out and say that. House Republicans don’t need to write a silly little letter to say that. We’ve all seen how stupid this made the Democrats look over the last few days; do we want to join them?

IF Dingy can get it through the Senate, the House GOP members can talk with their voting button. They’ll vote no and that’s all they’ve got to say.

BKeyser on July 29, 2011 at 3:15 PM

If only the GOP controlled the House (WHICH CONTROLS THE PURSE STRINGS) so they could reign in this out of control spending./

RedRobin145 on July 29, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Why isn’t Boehner standing up and laying the blame for this mess on the increased spending of the Democrats over the last two years…?

Why isn’t Boehner defending the TEA Party, and there Representatives as Americans, who were forced to take action after the Democrats shoved Obowmacare down our throats…?

Why isn’t Boehner pointing out every single failed Obowma and Democrat regulation and policy while he has the national spot light upon him…?

Why isn’t he fighting with everything he has to destroy the Democrats over this issue…?

(should I go on?)

Seven Percent Solution on July 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM

These are rhetorical questions, right?

fossten on July 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

sessions is the ONLY one calling out reid…hello senate gop???? get your butt out there and fight for us for the love of pete….

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Wethal on July 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

That may be, but it sure didn’t take Reid more than 5 minutes to table the CCB.

I have always been of the opinion if you do what is right, then you have God’s support and that is a majority.

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

El Rushbo was just discussing the obscene and failed little Bammie stimulus, and the fact that that amount of money, $800B or so, is now in the baseline. That means going forward it is a given that additional money is in the budget. That demonstrates what is wrong with DC.

Why doesn’t Boehner extract the failed stimulus and claim $8T in savings?

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Yet another rhetorical question.

fossten on July 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

ding ding ding…thank you Tina!

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Well, when this Reid bill gets to the House, Boehner could table it couldn’t he?

Or better yet, don’t even schedule it for a vote. DOA

Why should we contribute to our own demise and help our opponents?

Doesn’t the House have any sand?

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Stop with the rhetorical questions already!

fossten on July 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM

fossten on July 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

*shudder*

please oh please let that not be true…i don’t want to give reid an inch on this…

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Count to 10 on July 29, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I was being snarky and sarcastic (miss the tag?) referencing the earlier post about Allen West and how horrible he is now (for some).

KTC was referencing Boehner for some reason in a post about Reid.

So, No, I was not serious. I can’t speak for KTC.

catmman on July 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Seven Percent Solution on July 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM

+1000

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Seven Percent Solution on July 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Great questions. If it weren’t for Rush/Hannity/Levin and the Internet, we’d never know what is going on. C-span is not helpful either.

The GOP, House and Senate don’t seem to have any problem talking among themselves and to their members, but not to the American people. Other than re-election time tho.

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Scott Brown just announced he might support Reid Bill.

portlandon on July 29, 2011 at 3:23 PM

The “deeming” language is probably Reid’s poison pill, just like the BBA in Boehner’s bill. They both put them in to get votes and then negotiate them away in the compromise bill.

Wethal on July 29, 2011 at 3:23 PM

sessions is the ONLY one calling out reid…hello senate gop???? get your butt out there and fight for us for the love of pete….

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM
Many of the Gop Senators would rather trash the Tea Party on the Senate floor than attack the real enemy.

mobydutch on July 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

portlandon on July 29, 2011 at 3:23 PM

they popped it in the headlines section

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

mobydutch on July 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

*sigh*

it truly hurts my heart, mccain and his money machine killed us last nov….

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 3:26 PM

fossten on July 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Stop with the rhetorical questions already!
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Do you have any answers, rhetorical or otherwise?

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM

This all comes down to who gets blamed. I don’t think either bill will make through the opposite house. So, we’re right back where we were weeks ago. So, if we don’t raise the debt-ceiling and people start to feel it in their wallets, who gets held responsible?

I think Democrats, simply because the facts aren’t on their side. They can’t say and no one can provide evidence that Reid’s bill does anything like what he claims. Democrats don’t like the GOP bill because they’re Democrats. The public can make that distinction.

I think Boehner’s bill will pass the Senate Monday night.

BKeyser on July 29, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I’m either going to check out of politics for the next 20 years or only vote for truly fiscal conservative/tea party people. If that means Dems win, so be it. The House had CCB bill which should have been their starting negotiating point. Instead, they allowed Reid and the Senate to make them negotiate amongst themselves and now this new Boenher watered down bill is where we start negotiating with Reid, which means we’ll end up with an even more watered down, useless piece of crap bill that will do nothing. And RINO’s will say…hey, at least they didn’t raise taxes and claim it a victory for the Republican party.
I am just sooooo tired. Leaning towards checking out. Too many people worried about their job and not the future of this country.

b4itsover on July 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Whatever. We’re just as fiscally screwed with the Boehner plan as we are with the Reid plan. Until entitlements are dealt with, we’re arguing over whether we should use a coffee cup or wine glass to bail water out of a sinking battleship.

Hollowpoint on July 29, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Because it isn’t. there are 25 GOPers who will vote for anything that doesn’t raise taxes.

I’ve always said dems like to live in an ideal world whereas the gop lives in a world that involves choices. Take Medicare. The choices are to fix it or have it go away. Those are the choices. No matter how much the dems would love to just do nothing and have medicare be OK, that’s not a choice.

Well here we are. The choices are Reid’s bill and Boehner’s (original) bill. Those are the choices. No matter how much you’d like CCB to be a choice, it’s not. I don’t get how the hold-outs can’t grasp this.

TheLoyalOpponent on July 29, 2011 at 3:36 PM

cmsinaz on July 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Senator Sessions is one of the fighters. He made a point of order about two weeks ago when the Dems tried to bring up an appropriation bill. He said without a budget, no can do:-)

I receive emails from S. Jim DeMint and he is a fighter too and isn’t appreciated by the “elite” Senators.

It’s times like these that you find out what side of the fence some Congress members are on; colors come out.

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:36 PM

leftists will always grab as much as they can. they always bring guns to knife fights. it is who they are.

r keller on July 29, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Pardon us all to HELL for occasionally noticing the LAW – don’t ALL spending bills have to originate in the House?

I say AGAIN:

Simple GOP solution … Double the terms of the CCB and send it back to the Senate. Every time it fails double it again.

The “no planners” will only wish for the original back. Don’t let that happen. The backup baseline room for negotiations is 25% of the last one sent.

Katfish on July 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

fossten on July 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Stop with the rhetorical questions already!
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Do you have any answers, rhetorical or otherwise?

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Sorry, I really thought you were being rhetorical.

I mean, the answers are so obvious…

fossten on July 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Katfish on July 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I think, technically – this debt ceiling increase isn’t a spendig bill … I know, I know … makes no sense but..

HondaV65 on July 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

It’s times like these that you find out what side of the fence some Congress members are on; colors come out.

bluefox on July 29, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Sessions will cave – DeMint won’t.

HondaV65 on July 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Can we as the American people sue Congress for a breach of duty by not passing a budget?

Mo_mac on July 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Or at least get their paychecks back. Must be nice not to have to work but still get paid.

tommer74 on July 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Default now! Theme Song: Blondie – “Die Young, Stay Pretty”.

Hucklebuck on July 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Did anyone expect anything HONEST from Harry Reid?

GarandFan on July 29, 2011 at 3:51 PM

“Right now the extremists have locked down this Congress,” Reid continued. “We’re doing nothing. The extremists have locked down the White House. They’re not able to do their work. The country is in an economic malaise and they want to keep this up.”

Reid is certifiably crazy.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Question:

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Answer: Spinectomy

More like lobotomy.

eyedoc on July 29, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Because he is brilliant! /Krauthammer & Co

Norwegian on July 29, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Pardon us all to HELL for occasionally noticing the LAW – don’t ALL spending bills have to originate in the House?

Katfish on July 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Amen, brother! Republicans hold the purse strings, yet all we hear is whining about how they only control one half of one third of the government. Even though that’s true we control the part where spending originates. And we won in a landslide last November. Let them compromise with us, dammit. If we can’t fight for what we believe in now, when, pray tell, will it be that we DO fight?

JSGreg3 on July 29, 2011 at 4:19 PM

We’re recognizing the only compromise there is, is mine.

Gaffe? Everyone knows that compromise is defined with one person’s involvement./sarcasm

shick on July 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Only a true Communist would have the gall to call two times the original budget increase a “compromise.”

That’s one of about a hundred words we need to stop using the LiberalSpeak definition for.

logis on July 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

1. They’re spineless cretins, more interested in continued high life and big spending in D.C.;

2. Because “reasonable” Republicans, like Ed Morrissey, the tea-sipping wimps at NRO and damn near two-thirds of the posters at HA, have been yammering about “it’s the best we can do, folks.”

So Reid naturally grabs for all he can and more. No one will stop him, unless someone grows a pair and stands up to the Traitor-in-Chief and his thieving Congressional enablers.

Whoever said “Double the CCB and send it back to the Senate” has it right. We can no longer afford the pantywaist political games. Time to go Charles Bronson (metaphorically, of course) on these jerks.

MrScribbler on July 29, 2011 at 6:30 PM

2. Because “reasonable” Republicans, like Ed Morrissey, the tea-sipping wimps at NRO and damn near two-thirds of the posters at HA, have been yammering about “it’s the best we can do, folks.”

MrScribbler on July 29, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Remember the kind of heat that was successfully applied to George Bush and the Republicans for Harriet Miers, McCain-Kennedy and Dubai Ports? Good times.

SukieTawdry on July 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Why aren’t House Republicans writing Reid a letter to say they won’t support his bill if it makes it to the House? Why isn’t Boehner saying it’s DOA?

Because that is the deal that Boehner, Reid & Obama have had in place since before the CCB was passed in the House & they need the Reid plan to complete it….

Part 1 – Agree to extend the debt ceiling past 2012 while only reducing the rate of growth of the government by less then 0.1%…

Part 2 – Show vote on CCB to get as many Tea Partiers to vote for what comes after CCB vote… Done – 07/19/11

Part 3 – Pass water down Boehner Bill in House first to lock down Tea Pariers that vote yes on it… Done – 07/29/11 (They didn’t think that it would take them 10 days to do it…)

Part 4 – Pass even more water down & smoke and mirrors Reid bill in Senate… Will be done by tomorrow since RINO’s are a thriving species in the Senate…

Part 5 – Merge both bills giving Obama his past 2012 bottom line & throwing scraps to so call fiscal hawks by reducing the rate of growth by 0.01% & 0% on real dollars…

Part 6 – The press will sell this as a great Republican victory… On how they force Obama to sign what he wanted in the first place(Taking the crazy spending off the table for 2012 & signing something that will make him say he lower “spending”)…

Not raising taxes while leaving the rate of growth untouched all of sudden equals success…

Congrats… RinoPublicans get to pat themselves on the back for giving the government 2.7 Trillian extra credit line but not a penny more… They mean it this time…

Y314K on July 29, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Good article. Good questions at the end

Korbe! Korbe!

DaMav on July 29, 2011 at 8:55 PM