(I am not suggesting the President is a bad guy with a grenade. It is just a metaphor to illustrate a negotiating concept.)
The same is true here. An additional 10% cut to defense discretionary is deep, and many Republicans will intensely want to avoid it. At the same time, an additional 8% cut in nondefense discretionary will freak out many Congressional Democrats and the White House, and they will intensely want to avoid it. I think the depth of both cuts are so deep, and the difference between -10% and -8% is small enough, that it confers no relative advantage in the Joint Committee. Democratic negotiators will be just as desperate to avoid 8% domestic discretionary cuts as Republicans will be to avoid 10% defense cuts.More leftist hysteria underscores Hennessey's point on their fears. In the meantime, as a break from parties and the golf game, our President Barack Obama may wish to energize his base and practice his tough guy skills, taking a cue from that near-dictator, bad Vlad Putin.
This means that all Republicans need to do is call the President’s/Democrats’ bluff on tax increases, threaten to allow the pain of the trigger hit both sides, offer $1.5 T of entitlement spending cuts, and wait.
I know right now people are worried we threw the baby out with the bathwater, but Paul Ryan reassures. We'll be watching this one closely--scroll down for the update.
Who really cares about the baby, hmm?
More. SESSIONS: Democrats default. Big spenders’ party neglects budgetary duty:
The newly elected Republican House, in an open process, passed a historic budget this year that changes our debt course. But the Democratic Senate never even wrote a budget. The Democratic majority, which has now failed to adopt a budget for 825 days, even blocked the Budget Committee from publicly meeting to work on a plan. Majority Leader Harry Reid’s strategy was designed to allow his members to avoid taking tough stands and difficult votes. Indeed, his work has been all about protecting incumbents and rejecting accountability.Dems are big spenders and big babies.
Locke's most famous American protégé and a genuine constitutional scholar, James Madison, argued at the end of his brilliant Federalist #10 that there were three "wicked projects" that -- in the hands an unscrupulous political faction -- could potentially inflame our Republic with a most devastating plague: "a rage for paper money, [an] abolition of debts, [and] an equal division of property."
Fragging (are SEALS criminals now, Jan?)
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UPDATE: Jonah has had it with the media bias: To Hell with You Peopleamandacarpenter Amanda Carpenter