Romano: Paul Ryan’s Budget Deal Worse Than It Looks

A $63.2 billion proposed increase in spending canceling almost 35 percent of the sequester cuts scheduled for 2014 and 2015 will be offset by just a $6.25 billion cut to spending and a $269 million increase of revenue in those years, reports the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The other $78.5 billion of so-called…

A $63.2 billion proposed increase in spending canceling almost 35 percent of the sequester cuts scheduled for 2014 and 2015 will be offset by just a $6.25 billion cut to spending and a $269 million increase of revenue in those years, reports the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The other $78.5 billion of so-called “deficit reduction” to be achieved under the proposal will not occur until 2016 through 2023, including $28 billion of proposed cuts to defense and non-defense spending that are not set to occur until 2022 and 2023.

“The supposed out year cuts are simply a cynical insult to taxpayers who now know that when push comes to shove, the cuts will not be kept,” Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens warned in a statement issued after the deal was announced.

“This is just one more example of how out of touch our national leaders are to the real priorities of the American public,” he added.

The eleventh hour deal struck by lawmakers will reduce the defense sequester by 41 percent for 2014 ($22.4 billion) and by 17 percent ($9.2 billion) in 2015, and the non-defense sequester was reduced by 61 percent for 2014 ($22.4 billion) and by 25 percent in 2015 ($9.2 billion).

Meaning even the spending increases called for in canceling sequestration will disproportionately favor non-defense spending, just as cuts in the original sequester disproportionately hit defense spending.

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Robert Romano is senior editor of Americans for Limited Government.

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euwe max December 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Boehner takes on the tea party

Hours before a planned House vote on a budget deal, Speaker John Boehner repeatedly denounced Tea Party-aligned organizations for their opposition, saying they were seeking to further their own objectives, not those of the Republican Party or the country.

For the first time, Boehner acknowledged that these groups pushed Republicans into an unsuccessful strategy that he didn’t favor. He expressed particular outrage that one of the groups later said it knew the shutdown strategy wasn’t going to work.

“Are you kidding me?” Boehner shouted.

“Frankly I think they’re misleading their followers. I think they’re pushing our members in places they don’t want to be,” he added. “And frankly I just think they’ve lost all credibility.”

“They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous,” Boehner said loudly.

“You know, one of them, they pushed us into the fight to defund Obamacare and shut down the government,” he said in an apparent reference to Heritage Action.

“This budget agreement takes giant steps in the right direction,” Boehner said at a press conference. “But when groups come out and criticize something they’ve never seen, you begin to wonder just how credible those actions are.”

Torch December 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Me thinks he sees the tea party slipping in the polls and not having as much influence. His brand was going further down the slide and he needed to stop the bleeding.

euwe max December 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

IOW, bat-shit crazy doesn’t sell.

Inmates in charge December 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Cause 43 years of spending more than the you take in isn’t bat shit crazy.

euwe max December 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Reality is – money is what we say it is.

Inmates in charge December 13, 2013 at 12:12 am

Because it’s not homogeneous. Standard of living has been dropping by many metrics since it all started. It’s just a matter of time before more price increases kick in for gas too, that’s the reality. The can is only able to be kicked so many times-it’s crazy to see how long you can do it before something bad happens.

euwe max December 13, 2013 at 2:56 am

what is not homogeneous? The value of the dollar, or the price of gas?

Inmates in charge December 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

Both the value of the dollar and its distribution in the market.

euwe max December 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

Just another way of saying that the dollar and what it buys is not a consequence of the number of them in circulation, the deficit nor our national debt.

I mean, Cheney made it pretty clear in that brain trust meeting with Bush – “Reagan showed us deficits don’t matter.”

You don’t think Cheney would *lie* about a thing like that, do you?

Inmates in charge December 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

Oh no, I don’t doubt Darth Vader one bit. From his perspective the Jedi are evil.


euwe max December 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

well, alrighty then!

Thomas December 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Who do you represent, Mr Speaker? The Fed is printing 85 billion dollars a month on your watch! Is Immigration Reform your solution to add Central Americans as US Citizens so you can tax them? Is the ACA a bail-in tax at the expense of our healthcare system? You passed every freedom killing tax increase and reauthorized every freedom killing Act and yet, you have the moxi to blow back at us who are being set up as stooges to pay off out of control government spending, the Fed Reserve bank bail-outs, and in return lose our privacy and liberty? Are you kidding

euwe max December 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Who do you represent, Mr Speaker?

Republicans – you may well ask, what was my first clue?

cuvinny December 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm


Brother John Birch December 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Right Wing nut.Hahaha!

Guest December 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Romano: Paul Ryan’s Budget Deal Worse Than It Looks

Thomas December 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 really encompasses 5% budget resolution and 95% non budget wishlists. First of all, they scuttled the original 29 member bipartisan budget committee and settled on a closed door meeting with only Ryan and Murray. Here are the 27 members who decided they were too busy to bother:

House Republicans:
Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.)
Rep. Tom Price (Ga.)
Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.)

House Democrats:
Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.)
Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.)

Senate Republicans:
Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.)
Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa)
Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.)
Sen. Mike Crapo (Idaho)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.)
Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.)

From Senate Democratic Caucus:
Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.)
Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)
Sen. Mark Warner (Va.)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.)
Sen. Chris Coons (Del.)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)
Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.)
Sen. Angus King (Maine)

This bill could have shifted the burden on our national defense by sequester onto the backs of the non-defense federal workforce. Instead, they avoided across the board cuts in non-defense federal worker benefits, non-defense federal workers, non-defense federal pensions opting to instead cobble an “amendment” bill instead.

Here is what they put in the bill:

Improving the collection of unemployment insurance overpayments
Strengthening Medicaid third-party liability
Restriction on access to the Death Master File
Identification of inmates requesting or receiving improper payments
Ultra-deepwater and unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources
Amendment to the Mineral Leasing Act
Approval of agreement with Mexico and Amendment to the Outer Continental Shelf
Lands Act
Federal oil and gas royalty prepayment cap
Strategic Petroleum Reserve
etc etc etc

Cut the size of non-defense federal workers, federal non-defense agencies, non-defense federal worker benefits and ALL non-military federal benefits and salaries!

Tom December 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Ryan is nothing but a RiNO. Time to purge him from the party of real Republicans. We need a real Republicans to run against him. Republicans will only return to their majority status when the expel the RINOs, and get back to being Republicans. Boner needs to go with him.

euwe max December 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

“America is blue state right now,” Mark Levin told the crowd of tea party wackos who gathered for this year’s Values Voter Summit. “The only way to address this is to find 34 state legislatures, and to take the time to do it. It took us a century to get here and so it may take us 20 or 30 years to get out of this. But we have no options. This is the only option. I don’t care if no senator or no member of Congress supports this. We bypass them.”

euwe max December 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

‘m a part-time medium, and I’ve been in contact with the founding fathers. They said that Mark Levin is supposed to lead the people home. They also warned about the free masons and the Jews.

Shootindabird December 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

What are you? A parrot?

euwe max December 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

I did that somehow. I was going to leave that as a reply. I had copied it from a post on another site, but instead of fixing the error in the copy, I decided to edit my other post instead, and delete the reply. The “delete” didn’t take, and the Disqus thingie changed the source to “Guest” – it feels like toilet paper stuck to my shoe.

Smirks December 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I remember when Republicans were ecstatic about Romney picking Ryan as his VP, now they are ready to tar and feather him. lol..

Keep getting further and further right! Keep shrinking that tent!

Frank Pytel December 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm


johnq December 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I knew Boehner would finally come to his senses and kick the teafucks to the curb. Good on ya!!

We should make him an honorary Democrat if for no other reason than pissing off the truly ignorant part of the repuke party. LoL!

Frank Pytel December 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Hes been a commie for years. What are you waiting for?

Brother John Birch December 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Another Right Wing kook.

Yeh John Boehner is a Communist.

Any other insights Nut ?

Smirks December 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

More crap from ALG? Gimme a break man, if I wanted to read nothing but think tank propaganda I’d bookmark to their site directly.

Paul Ryan, the guy who suggested butchering Medicare with a bullshit voucher system, is screwing over these morons, which is infinitely hilarious to me. All that talk about needing to cut spending, but Ryan will go back on that in a New York minute to get defense contractors more gubmint teet. And now Republicans are lashing out against other Howie-backed and Koch-funded groups.

Live by the fringe, die by the fringe. Let the GOP tear itself apart from the inside out. Hopefully what will rise from the ashes will be a party finally interested in governing rather than obstructionism.

SCBlueWoman December 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

Well said.

idiotwind December 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

Boehner could have prevented the shutdown or ended it anytime he chose by allowing a vote on what had already passed the senate. disowning the shutdown now is bullshit repositioning. this whole tiff between him and the Kochs is stage play.


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