US Senate GOP Leader Opposes Budget Deal
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell – the ranking member of the “Republican” minority in Washington, D.C. – has sold out taxpayers so many times we’ve lost count. He’s the epitome of everything that’s wrong with what’s left of the GOP – and we opposed him even before he got a “Kentucky Kickback” to help line up “Republican” support for Obamacare funding.
Now we really can’t stand him …
So … news that McConnell plans to vote against a”compromise” budget crafted by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) shouldn’t be cause for celebration among pro-free market conservatives.
McConnell – along with genuine free market conservatives like U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney – is simply advocating for the federal government to fund itself at the levels agreed to in 2011, when it passed a debt deal that burned through $2.4 trillion in deficit spending in just fifteen months.
The flip side of that coin – to the extent you can call it that – was supposed to be $2.1 trillion in cuts over the course of a decade, but politicians of both parties are once again trying to wiggle out of their commitment.
Specifically, Ryan and Murray are calling for government to spend $1.012 trillion in discretionary spending over the first eight-and-a-half months of 2014. Mulvaney’s faction is pushing for $967 billion (the amount agreed upon as part of the debt deal).
Obviously that’s just a slice of the federal budget, too ..
Need more info? Here’s a recent piece we wrote on the status of negotiations …
As far as we’re concerned both amounts are too damn high, but any lawmaker who votes for the larger figure (like Ryan) is voting to spend money in violation of their 2011 promise.
Washington’s 2011 debt deal was already a joke … but now politicians of both parties are refusing to implement even the modest government reductions they agreed to as part of the largest ramp up in deficit spending ever.
And we wonder why this country is going over a cliff …