Budget Deal Might Stop Tea-GOP Wrecking Crew

Just before midnight on Monday, congressional leaders and the White House tentatively agreed on a major budget deal. The plan is to end debt limit standoffs through March 2017, and keep the federal government in operation with some sequestration relief. So-called “entitlement reform,” meaning cuts to Medicare and Social Security, was kept within limits.

Presumably, Speaker John Boehner will send this budget bill to the House floor before turning over the gavel to Rep. Paul Ryan.

The good news is, it looks like the U.S. government and economy will survive in the near term. We’ll avoid a looming default on our National Debt, and there will not be a government shutdown on December 11.

The bad news is the Shutdown Caucus, a key block of Tea-GOP members of Congress, still wants to bring about a government shutdown and/or default any way they can. Because of gerrymandering, they are likely to survive the next election. And nobody except Bernie Sanders is talking about taxing the rich anymore.

More info:
Final Major Budget Deal Of The Obama-Boehner Era Forces GOP To Release Social Security Hostages
Dean Baker: Paul Ryan Wants to Shut Down the Government, Permanently

Paul Ryan On Budget Deliberations: ‘I Think The Process Stinks’
A Whole Lot Of Face-Saving Theater
How John Boehner Saved Paul Ryan From Becoming Boehner 2.0

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on October 27, 2015 - 10:48 am

    The last paragraph of the Dean Baker article helps me to know I’m not losing my mind.

    The budget wonkism of Chairman Ryan is a beautiful example of the failure of the national media to take their job seriously. Telling us he is a wonk, without telling us the content of his wonkism, is a bad joke which should get people very angry at the folks who pretend to give us the news.

    The punditry is giving us the feeling that Ryan is some sort of roadblock to the “freedom caucus”, and they are wary of Ryan. That is just ridiculous. They have the exact same goals.

    When are we going to get rid of these right wing “think tank” trained liars that infest our political discussion?

    • #2 by Glenden Brown on October 27, 2015 - 4:10 pm

      Ryan is every bit as radical as the Freedom Caucus nihilists, he just seems so nice that our media can’t really believe he’s an active sociopath.

      • #3 by Larry Bergan on October 27, 2015 - 7:26 pm

        But Glenden, the man says he loves his family. You must be misreading him. 🙂

        • #4 by Richard Warnick on October 28, 2015 - 8:58 am

          No doubt he loves his own family. However, he’s ready to throw everybody else’s family under the bus if it means lower taxes for the rich. 😉

    • #5 by Larry Bergan on October 28, 2015 - 12:16 pm

      Here’s an article by Bill Moyers that solidifies my suspicions of fake wariness surrounding Ryan.

      The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party’s Right to be Wary

      The article introduces Ryan’s choice for his new chief of staff. A man named David Hoppe. I love this short form description of Mr. Hoppe:

      In Hoppe’s case, the rush of air from the revolving door would jumpstart the windmill in a Dutch landscape painting.

  2. #6 by Richard Warnick on October 27, 2015 - 4:31 pm

    Josh Marshall: The budget deal promises to screw the Shutdown Caucus because it will “take all their bombs and fireworks away for the next 18 months or so.”

    • #7 by Larry Bergan on October 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm

      Probably best not to kill grandma and starve the kids until after the presidential election.

      There goes that cynicism of mine again. I just can’t keep in under wraps.

  3. #8 by Richard Warnick on October 28, 2015 - 11:34 am

    Budget deal will be ‘piñata’ during GOP debate

    All Tea-GOP presidential candidates are expected to side with the Shutdown Caucus.

  4. #9 by Richard Warnick on October 28, 2015 - 11:39 am

    What WaPo’s Greg Sargent is looking for on tonight’s debate, which is supposed to focus on economic issues:

    To what degree will the GOP candidates remain in thrall to the idea that one of the primary economic problems we face is that there’s too much government-engineered downward redistribution of wealth? And if they do remain captive to this guiding idea, what will they do to package it more artfully for general electorate consumption, to avoid the pitfalls that bedeviled Romney?

  5. #10 by Richard Warnick on October 28, 2015 - 4:11 pm

    Boehner’s Parting Gift: Two-Year Budget Deal Passes The House

    All Democrats and 79 Republicans voted in favor of it.

  6. #11 by Richard Warnick on November 2, 2015 - 4:43 pm

    A Government Shutdown Is Still Possible, Chuck Schumer Warns

    “There may be a shutdown. The hard right, it depends on their interaction with [House Speaker Paul] Ryan, they may demand a shutdown,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday. “It won’t be over the numbers. We won that fight. We won it big. It would be over the riders.”

    In the scenario Schumer envisions, House and/or Senate Republicans could refuse to pass an omnibus spending bill that included funding for Planned Parenthood, or they might insist on repealing parts or all of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in 2010. Democrats would balk at either maneuver. Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wouldn’t want to overrun the conservatives in his conference in his first major showdown and, presto, the current spending agreement expires and the government shuts down.

  7. #12 by Richard Warnick on November 3, 2015 - 1:48 pm

    Paul Ryan Threatens To Use Power Of The Purse Ahead Of Potential Shutdown

    Poison-pill amendments to appropriations legislation could lead to a government shutdown on December 11.

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