April 10, 2011, - 7:07 pm
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I warned you that the House Republicans–Tea Party or not–would never end the NPR a/k/a “National Palestinian Radio” subsidy, just like Newt Gingrich wimped out on this in the 1990s. And I was right. Despite their many self-congratulatory pats on the back, this morning, on the Sunday political shows, the budget is a disappointment. I also warned readers that the Tea Party elections sea change and Republicans taking over the House, last November, wouldn’t actually be much of a change at all, despite tough talk by people like Paul Ryan. Rule #1 of life: talk is cheap. Rule #2: tough talk is even cheaper.
Frauds & Wimps: They Cut Defense, But Not NPR
It should have been a no-brainer and easy pickin’s for House Republicans to nix NPR funding, which would upset few Americans, but for some high-brow vegan lesbians from Seattle and some hipsters from Williamsburg who don’t vote Republican anyway. But House Republicans, under the, um, “leadership” of John Boehner and Eric Cantor, gave in. If they didn’t have the cojones to say no on NPR funding, what did they have the guts to say no to? Not much.
There was a whiny story in today’s Detroit Free Press that Tea Party and other Congressman who sleep in their offices who use the House gym were worried that the gym would close and they’d have to shower somewhere else. Not kidding. A recent Wall Street Journal article talked about how Paul Ryan and other House Republicans, like whiny “Real World” reality TV star Sean Duffy, use the gym to do P90X, and that would have stopped, too, with a government shutdown. Yup, they got their priorities straight. Now, the gym won’t be shut down. Praise allah.
The new budget lops off just $39 billion from Obama’s proposed budget, hardly a dent. BFD–Big Frickin’ Deal. That’s chump change, and one of the biggest cuts was not from unnecessary services and entitlements but from national defense. The Pentagon lost $2 billion, more than 5% of the cuts. Yes, Republicans are now the ones who are anti-defense. Sorry, but there’s absolutely no way to spin that the Cantor Boehner Ryan troika cut $2 billion from defense and not a dime from NPR. Cutting defense spending and keeping liberal radio propaganda intact are the hallmarks of a liberal Democrat budget, not a conservative one. Tea Party? Puh-leeze. The tea is rancid.
Oh, and one of the most important things they claimed they’d do but didn’t have the guts to do: cutting funding for Obamacare. That was all funded, just like Barack Obama wanted. And he comes out looking like the hero.
So, to all of you, who put up posters of Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor, here’s a tip: they aren’t Superman. Not even close. More like Lois Lane, bragging about a date with Superman and getting jilted. In fact, they’re really not much different at all from the fraudulent Contract With America Republicans who won in 1994 and quickly lost power again. I feel like I’m in a political “Groundhog Day” watching them repeat their mistakes over and over again, and there’s no Bill Murray to make it funny.
When people want liberal Democrats who spend and spend, they want the real thing. Not a bunch of Republican pretenders who claim they are Republicans but really cross dress with the best of them on the other side of the aisle.
If you can’t say no to NPR after the huge scandal just a month or so ago, what can you say no to?
Not much, it turns out. What good is a “mandate” and a landslide election if all it gets you is minor cuts of $39 billion, a good chunk of which is in defense and none of which is in NPR?
Don’t buy the way FOX News and the Wall Street Journal are spinning this. There’s just one message to get out of the budget deal that went down, this weekend:
Barack Obama . . . Winning. And much more so than Charlie Sheen. It’s the House Republicans that sound like the Torpedo of Truth Tour.
Limp, inept, and failed. Like Sheen, the GOP leadership promised one thing, at least $61 billion in cuts, and far under-delivered, with only $39 billion.
The only thing they seem to have cut are the goddesses.
**** UPDATE: Facebook Friend (join me on Facebook) Scott Spiegel is right on the money:
This deal is the sham of the decade. The $38 billion in cuts is not only just 1% of the proposed budget, it mostly consists of things that had no chance of being funded anyway or are only one-time cuts that will be completely reversed next year. Republicans’ defense–that they need to compromise on the 2011 budget so the Democrats will work with them on the debt ceiling limit and the 2012 budget–are as fallacious as they come. If Republicans can’t stand up to Democrats on this, what chance is there they’re going to stand up on the bigger issues?
Boehner and Cantor are frauds and charlatans, and I’ve long been calling for them to be voted out of their leadership positions.
Amen. Me, too.
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