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2011 Score: Tea Party 1, Obama 0

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I guess its time to relax and kick back.  Government shutdown averted.  2011 budget “compromise” reached.  The spirit of bipartisanship shines through the land.

And, as the media narrative goes, “In the end, all sides claimed victory.”

I’m still trying to figure out how that’s possible.

Just 4 months after forcing Democrats to acquiesce to extending huge tax breaks for the wealthy, republicans have now correctly identified all of our recent economic problems (geniuses!) as stemming from too much government spending.  Overly-tanned golf pro Speaker of the House John Boehner (r-OH), called for ambitious cuts of $32 billion to 2010 spending levels (mostly to social programs benefiting that selfish, overly-pampered margin of society, the less fortunate) as the solution to righting our Ship of State.   Nothing creates jobs like cutting federal investments in infrastructure and science, right?  RIGHT?  Aghast, the new Tea Party caucus of the republican party forced Boehner to the bargaining table demanding more than $60 billion in cuts.  This was about $100 billion less than Obama originally proposed back in February 2010.

Our line in the sand (yes, I’ve chosen my side, and I’m sticking to it…for now) was Planned Parenthood funding.  After our “final” offer of cutting $33 billion from the 2010 budget (remember, this is more than republicans initially proposed), we absolutely would not budge on around $363 million for Planned Parenthood as part of Title X funding (signed into law by…wait for it…Richard Nixon, ladies and gentlemen, Richard F_ing Nixon).  Republicans insisted that absolutely nothing creates jobs quite like eliminating reproductive planning for women.  Fearing the consequences of a government shutdown, we “compromised” by cutting another $5.5 billion from the budget and allowing a rider to ban funding for abortions in Washington, DC (for the poor…once again, those damned less fortunate!) because thats how much we care about principle.

And both sides claimed victory.

Humor me for a moment.

Lets say you are approached by a strange man who LOUDLY demands your wallet and car keys.  You hand these over quickly, because you want to avoid conflict (even though the man has no weapon, he does seem slightly crazy).  Then the strange man demands your jacket.  Thinking quickly, because its an important jacket and the only jacket you have for your family, you offer the strange man your shirt and pants, then your underwear, socks and shoes.  Finally, the strange man agrees.  When asked by a curious onlooker, both of you claim victory, the strange man because he got you to hand over your wallet, car keys and most of your clothes merely by speaking loudly, and you, of course, because you still have the jacket.

Next up: Another “compromise” on raising the debt-ceiling.  Failure to raise the debt ceiling will have global consequences (bad ones).  According to Eric Cantor (r-VA), House Majority Whip: “There comes at times leverage moments, a time when the president will capitulate to what the American people want right now.”



Written by D. Heffernan

April 12, 2011 at 6:29 am

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