“Deep Cuts”

Harry Reid, leader of the RepublicanDemocratic party in the Senate, attacks the Republican party because some far right extremists want to make “deep cuts” in government spending

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) accused Tea Party lawmakers of destroying budget negotiations

“We’ve tried to wait patiently for them … but our patience and the American people’s patience is wearing very thin,”

Tea Party Republicans are scrapping all the progress we have made and threatening to shut down the government if they do not get all of their extreme demands.

How extreme, I hear you ask, are these dreadfully extreme extremists?  How extreme are these “extreme demands

You may have heard that these horribly extreme extremists want to cut sixty one billion dollars off this years one thousand six hundred billion dollar deficit, so that spending will only increase by 1151 billion instead of 1200 billion.  That is what I had heard.

But the Office of Management and Budget has analyzed these dreadful cuts, these terribly deep cuts, these drastic cuts, and found that they are only nine billion dollars in this year, reducing our 1645 billion dollar deficit to a mere 1636 billion dollar deficit.  Most of the cuts consist of supposedly slightly slower growth in future years.

In short, it is a shadow battle.  The parties are only pretending to quarrel.  The difference between an elected Democrat, an elected Republican, and an elected Tea Party Republican, is imperceptibly slight.

In truth, expenditures are set by the permanent government, and the political parties have little power, and not much desire for actual power either.  Not only is Harry Reid a sell outtool of the Cathedral, but the major reason he is denouncing the Tea Party Republicans as extremists is to distract attention from the fact that they are just as much sell outs.

In theory, Obamacare cannot be implemented unless the House of Representatives votes to fund it.  It is a theory no one in the House of Representatives is much interested in testing.  In this sense, Obamacare is bipartisan – indeed tripartisan, since the Tea Party Republicans are not willing to stand up and pass a budget that refuses to fund all the things they supposedly oppose.

3 Responses to ““Deep Cuts””

  1. Bill says:

    It’s not important to your point (which is obviously right), but your first sentence is mangled, and Harry Reid is the Democratic (not Republican) majority leader of the Senate (not the house of Senate).

    The current puppet show is simply incomprehensible. It isn’t even funny, just boring. It was much better in the 80s when they were arguing about whether we should fight the Cold War with one hand tied behind our back or both arms amputated.

    • jim says:

      Oops, that was silly of me.

      Thanks for the correction.

      As a weak excuse for this error, it is hard for someone who spends a lot of time reading about the politics of decades and centuries past, written by people who lived those politics, to keep straight which present day party is which.

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