Thursday, August 1, 2013

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

The Republicans on Capitol Hill are so determined to screw over anything to do with working out a budget agreement with President Obama that they ended up screwing over themselves.  The leadership had to pull a bill to fund the Department of Transportation and HUD because they had already taken the money away via sequestration.

“With this action, the House has declined to proceed on the implementation of the very budget it adopted three months ago,” said an angry appropriations chair Hal Rogers (R-KY). “Thus I believe that the House has made its choice: sequestration — and its unrealistic and ill-conceived discretionary cuts — must be brought to an end.”

Oops.

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    • I saw a Galttard bumper sticker up here not long ago: “Paved Roads are an example of wasteful government spending.” It was on a Jeep, so it was slightly less indefensible than it could have been.

      I can’t wait to see what happens when somebody decides public water and sewer services are Big Gubmint overreach.

  1. Yes, the House can pass things like the defense appropriations bill. But only because they’ve plundered other programs to provide the Pentagon with consensus-level funding. They can’t fund most of the rest of the government without violating the Ryan budget.

    I would say I’m surprised they didn’t see this coming, but I’ve met a number of Teahadists who don’t see anything outside their little epistemic closure, so it really was predictable.

    The sequester is horrible. But the sequester was supposed to be horrible. Pretending that it’s the new ceiling for federal spending, as Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and others have insisted, is admitting that you intend to be horrible to your constituents and your country. And when it comes down to building the budgeting that follows that idea, it seems GOTea incompetence and cowardice is stronger than GOTea evil – and I’m not sure it’s an improvement.

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