There is no opposition party
What’s more to say?
I’m not trying to be negative. I’m trying to be honest. The latest GOP “strategy” — which began with a surrender on the “fiscal cliff”, leading to massive tax increases, and has continued now with a “suspension” of the debt ceiling (that is, a de facto raising of the limit) — is completely feckless. Flaccid. Impotent.
And yet it’s being touted by the GOP cheerleaders and the Boehner-bangers in the “conservative” opinionsphere as some great and crafty move to force the hands of the Democrats, who could soon see a “cut” of $69 billion in discretionary spending if they don’t come up with a plan that balances the budget in 10 years. Which they’ll claim to have done by proposing enormous tax increases and cuts to military spending, etc.
Meanwhile, over the next 4 months, during this very cunning “suspension” voted on by the GOP House yesterday, we as a country will accrue an additional $400 billion or so in debt.
So. The GOP has very very cagily forced the Dems into accepting $400 billion in new spending in exchange for the subtraction of $69 billion down the road, should they not come up with a “balanced” plan to produce a budget that raises taxes on everyone — and will probably be the “in” for the formation of a VAT tax. Because we can’t cut entitlements, you see — why does the GOP hate autistic kids and grannies? — so what we’ll need for “balance” is more “revenue”.
The WSJ editorial board and Gingrich and Krauthammer, et al., cheer this on: so well played, Mr Boehner! You didn’t vote to increase the debt limit, you only suspended it — so no one can claim that you agreed to an increase, though in fact you have allowed that increase to happen. And you are insisting on a balanced budget in ten years, but without having to pin yourself or any future GOP administration to some sort of government spending cap on percentage of GDP, or any real “cuts” at all — so no one can accuse you of pushing for “austerity” measures, nor can they accuse you of not agreeing to a “balanced” approach!
Wily. Crafty. Winning.
Of course, if you’re a citizen and not a Beltway politician or pundit jockeying for political position, you’re getting fucked asswise any which way this is broken down. Your children and their are being shackled and yoked. And soon, the entire system will of economic necessity collapse entirely.
But then, shut up, Hobbit.
So I repeat: what’s more to say?