It’s important to note again that the Republicans don’t care about deficits. They really don’t care whether the number is $33 billion or $60 billion.
They’re only interested in two things:
1) Abortion. The latest via TPM:
House Republicans want to take all federal funds slated for Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations and give it to state health departments to use as they see fit. That way, states controlled by Republican legislatures would choose not to give that money to Planned Parenthood while state capitals controlled by Democrats would keep things status quo.
Republicans also want to prohibit payments for abortions overseas — a policy that was overturned by an executive order from Obama. Another rider would end the United States’ contribution to the United Nations Population Fund, which focuses on reproductive health, according to a report in the New York Times.
2) Sabotaging the economy in order to flummox the president and the Democrats.
At the end of the day, $60 billion or $33 billion won’t make or break the deficit. But they’re willing to let the government seize up over these arbitrary numbers. It’s irresponsible and, of course, indicative of the fact that the Republican Party has been taken over by nihilistic, misogynistic zealots who have no grasp upon reality or facts.
If the Republicans really cared about the deficit, none of this would be happening. But the tea party Republicans, who claim to be about smaller government, are holding the nation hostage because they want more government control over the bodies of women. I’d like to hear Mike Pence or Michele Bachmann explain that one.