No government shutdown, but what do we have instead?
Posted by Admin on April 10, 2011
So we have a deal and a government, and the eighth-graders visiting Washington (by tradition in the US, it’s in the eighth grade, or form as you call it, when students take their field trips to the capital) can go to the Smithsonian today. That’s all nice.
Also nice is that the offensive (and offensive it was) against Planned Parenthood failed, so at least we haven’t yet reached the point as a society that poor women must die of cervical cancer to satisfy the ideological itches of a few men, although fear not, we’re getting there.
But the $38 billion cut is the largest single-year cut in the history of the country, according to the president, who taped a three-minute video statement shortly after 11 pm Friday night, when the deal was announced by Speaker John Boehner.
It’ll be next week, I’d reckon, before we know exactly what was cut and by how much. As those details come out, an already disgruntled liberal base is just going to get angrier.
I understand what Obama is doing when he talks, as he does in the video, about the government needing to live within its means. I’m sure it polls well with independents, and as I’ve said many times, he needs to rebuild his standing among independents. We all get this.
But but but: to hear Obama kinda-sorta boasting about overseeing a domestic spending cut on a scale that even Ronald Reagan never managed leaves one wondering where and over what he might someday draw a line in the sand.
Last December, he signed George W. Bush’s tax cuts. Then he introduced his own budget, which include a five-year pay freeze for federal employees and cut funding for a couple of subsidy programs for poor and elderly people.
Finally, during this whole process, he never once that I can remember made a forceful public statement singling out a GOP cut as severe or unwise, never defended family planning initiatives, never pointed to one thing and said, this I will not brook.
Yes, I understand, liberals are outnumbered. I’m more understanding of that than most liberals I know, believe me. And Republicans have power now, and they’re extreme, and this is the way it’s going to be for a little while at least. But any skillful politician can find ways to communicate to the middle and his base simultaneously. He just has to want to.
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- Government shutdown, the (non) fine print | Michael Tomasky (guardian.co.uk)
- How Jed Bartlet and ‘Dave’ Would Solve the Government Shutdown (buddytv.com)
- Government shutdown: two theories for Republican behaviour | Michael Tomasky (guardian.co.uk)
- In Government Shutdown Analogy, NBA’s David Stern Is John Boehner; Will Billy Hunter Be Obama? (sbnation.com)
- Obama: Government Shutdown Averted Because ‘Americans Of Different Beliefs Came Together’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Obama signs short-term bill staving off shutdown (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Obama hails deal to avoid government shutdown (charlotte.news14.com)
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