We tried to warn you before the election, Republican voters: instead of legislating in the real world, the Republicans were going to play grabass, and eventually there’d be a government shutdown. And so…
WASHINGTON – After an all-night session, House Republicans early Saturday morning passed legislation that would slash $60 billion in government spending between now and the end of September, setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto the measure.
The cuts, which were passed without a single Democratic vote, are aimed primarily at domestic social spending but also have policy goals — going after the Environmental Protection Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
$60 billion in social programs and not a single tax increase on the wealthiest one percent. Not like that would make any difference. The budget cuts are kneejerk and over-the-top. On the heels of the biggest recession of our time, they’re gutting the SEC and other Wall Street related agencies? That’s smart.
And when the government shuts down where will all of the screaming tea party people get their Medicare, their Disability or their veteran’s benefits? Oh that’s right. They’re against socialism. Right.
Oh, and here’s some of that aforementioned grabass:
White House “czars,” or advisers would also be banned after an amendment by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), which was approved on Thursday in a 249-149 vote. The amendment prohibited funds to be used to so-called czars on health care, climate change, global warming, green jobs, automobiles, Guantanamo Bay Closure, Pay and Fairness Doctrine.
Utterly ridiculous. The Republicans are self-indulgent children.