Meanwhile, The Federal Budget

In case anybody forgot, the end result of October’s so-called “government shutdown” was an unconditional Republican surrender – one that kicked the federal government’s budgetary can down the road for a few additional months. (Oh, and secured full funding for this disaster). What a mess, right? A big part of the problem is…

In case anybody forgot, the end result of October’s so-called “government shutdown” was an unconditional Republican surrender – one that kicked the federal government’s budgetary can down the road for a few additional months.

(Oh, and secured full funding for this disaster).

What a mess, right?

A big part of the problem is they don’t do budgets in Washington, D.C. anymore. Why not? Because that would involve setting spending priorities (and sticking to those priorities). It would also make it easier for ordinary citizens to track government spending – and hold their lawmakers accountable for the decisions they make with public money.

Imagine that …

Instead, every few months there’s another “major crisis” as Republicans and Democrats argue over whether to approve bigger government or obscenely bigger government. And every two years or so there’s an even bigger crisis over approving the trillions of dollars in new debt that’s needed to subsidize this ongoing debacle.

Such is life in the seat of the empire … and you, your children and grandchildren are paying for the goat show.


The latest budget battle is over discretionary spending for the first eight-and-a-half months of 2014 – with fiscal conservatives like U.S. Reps. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) all pushing for a continuing resolution that would appropriate $967 billion toward this purpose.

That’s the amount lawmakers agreed to when they signed the infamous 2011 debt deal … which traded $2.4 trillion in new deficit spending (which the government exhausted in roughly fifteen months) for $2.1 trillion in “sequester” cuts, scheduled to be spread out over the course of ten years.

Was that sustainable? Of course not … but Democrats are so upset over this modest interruption of the gravy train that they are now threatening to shut down the government (sort of) if the GOP doesn’t ramp up spending.

Specifically, House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) says his party will oppose any resolution that includes these sequester cuts.

“It hurts our economy,” Hoyer said of the sequester.

Really? Hoyer might want to check his math on that …

Anyway, ever-accommodative “Republican” leaders like House budget chairman Paul Ryan are pushing a $1 trillion (at least) continuing resolution as a “compromise.”

Mulvaney and his allies would prefer not to go that route …

“We encourage you to allow a vote as soon as practicable on a full-year ‘clean CR’ funding bill at the levels established in law by the Budget Control Act,” Mulvaney and his colleagues wrote in a letter to the GOP leadership, adding the act is “the law of the land.”

The irony in all this? The “clean” $967 billion plan being pushed by Mulvaney, Jordan and Scalise is precisely what Democrats were demanding during the last “shutdown” debate. In other words the very spending levels Democrats were insisting on to bring about an end to the last government shutdown has now become their rationale for threatening a second shutdown.

Impressive logic …

Bottom line? Neither party is doing much to eat away at the $4 trillion monster that is the federal government.

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euwe max December 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Can’t we just put it all under a common heading like “Emergency Spending” and keep it off the books?

oui vey GOP December 7, 2013 at 1:38 am

You did mean, obviously, go for it again – for another 5-7 years or so….

oui vey GoP December 7, 2013 at 1:43 am

Come to think of it, if Obama would have just passed say Medicare Part “g” or “e” w/o funding it, AND started a war or 2 that cost several billion monthly, with no designated/attainable/ or even articulable goal to speak of, he could garner A LOT of GOP base supporters – A LOT.

euwe max December 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

war is viagra for Republicans.

euwe max December 7, 2013 at 3:04 am

…past performance is not a guarantee of future results

CorruptionInColumbia December 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

The Democrats control the Senate and the House. Boehner does whatever Obama tells him to. He is to the House what Lindsey and John John are to the Senate.

Will Folks aka Sic December 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

+2 … Amen to that, brother.

nitrat December 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

No. Eric Cantor controls Boehner. That has been documented from Eric Cantor’s mouth to the ears of Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker.

idcydm December 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Budget, Federal Budget, it’s been awhile, right Harry.

Comrade1917 December 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm


Mary December 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Liberal Logic 101: Every last penny must be spent.

Liberal Logic 201 December 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Just buy ‘merican and don’t borrow money from China for wars.

Meredith December 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

Except we’re borrowing money to pay for Obamacare and free stuff for illegal aliens.

euwe max December 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

You’d think this was a Christian nation. If Jesus came back now, he’d wouldn’t recognize the place… since Joseph Smith.

Billybob December 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

How much is them illegal aliens gettin? Do you think its as much as Obammy gives to the NPR? By the way you shore have a purty mouth. You about the purtyist redneck girl I ever seen.

euwe max December 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

Republican Logic 101: Every last penny must be stolen.

Meredith December 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

Obama has “stolen” more than any other POTUS in history, that and he makes Jimmy Carter look competent.

euwe max December 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

He’s black, he has to work harder.

Meredith December 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

Lol, that’s the only reason he got elected. It’s not like he has any substance. He doesn’t have to work harder, he just has to govern pragmatically and quit misleading the American people.

euwe max December 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’d like to see more police violence, myself.

Cleveland Steamer December 7, 2013 at 1:17 am

Perhaps we can work from the most reliable figures available ,I know we cherry pick from both sides,


Thomas December 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Meanwhile, Obama is crying he needs both the House and the Senate in 2014 because Republicans are blocking more signature domestic policies. Obamacare is one too many Obama/Democrat signature domestic policies. I suggest a GOP House and a GOP Senate to set up a GOP WH in 2016.


Made In The U.S.A. December 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

If more people believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that in itself would cure the poor’s hunger problems. Be more Christlike and turn that Arby sandwich into a banquet. Our prayers alone could put an end to having such a huge millitary budget to contend with. Seriously, let’s bring God back!

Comrade1917 December 10, 2013 at 7:28 am

USSA is bankrupt.


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