Now, this is news. DC Democrats passed a budget!
Original post made by jimf01 on Mar 23, 2013
The Democrats who approved (not a single GOP vote) this will say they voted for spending cuts. The Murray budget contains $975 billion in spending cuts, including $275 billion in new cuts to Medicare and Medicaid spending. But it also turns off $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts scheduled over nine years. Factoring that in, the budget does not constitute a net spending cut.
But you knew they wouldn't ever, ever cut spending, right?
Is this the leadership you want? Inaction for four years, and then when they do pass a budget, it has higher taxes and more deficits. Sen Jeff Sessions summed things up pretty well:
"Honest people can disagree on policy. But where there can be no honest disagreement is the need to change our nation's debt course. The singular truth that no one can escape is that the House budget changes our debt course while the Senate budget does not. The Senate budget increases taxes, increases spending, and adds $7.3 trillion to our debt. It has zero real deficit reduction."
"The massive debt we have racked up to finance our wasteful government is pulling down growth today. Gross debt over 90 percent of GDP weakens growth now. Not tomorrownow.
"In other words, the more money we borrow to mail out government checks, the more and more people there are that will need government checks. This is why we can no longer define compassion as borrow-and-spend. Our goal should be to help more Americans find jobs, better wages, and to achieve financial independence.
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on Mar 23, 2013 at 10:15 am
"In other words, the more money we borrow to mail out government checks, the more and more people there are that will need government checks"
Yes, and that's mainly Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid (and in recent years corporate welfare). Finally Republicans like Paul Ryan are acknowledging that. We can't make real progress on balancing the budget without cuts to Medicare.
on Mar 23, 2013 at 10:45 am
Thank you for Medicare and Social Security! tee hee...
on Mar 23, 2013 at 11:26 am
Question for "patriot", can you cite where in the Ryan budget just passed it shows a cut in Medicare? There are reforms, you might even be able to rightly claim that there is a decrease in the current baseline planed increases which would have occurred if there were no changes. But is there a cut? No, I do not believe there is.
But feel free to show where I am wrong. And as for entitlement reform writ large, are you against reforms? Are you against changes? Aren't the Republican, White House, and Democrat budget proposals where these discussions begin? Well, now we see where the Dems stand, right? They do not touch entitlements, and let deficits and spending grow and grow. The President? Hasn't even produced a budget, as he is legally required to do. Might hae something to do with the fact that his last one got ZERO votes in favor, every Democrat and every Republican vote in the House and Senate was against it. Skunked.