Obviously this all presupposes that this thing will get past both houses and be signed by the president, which has yet to happen. References are to the points in the agreement itself and the lack of validity and the disingenuous means by which the agreement was reached and announced to the public.
Did the Teaps get everything they want? Oh hell no, of course not, because they’ll never have everything they want until the rest of us have nothing at all and there’s nothing left to get. But they did get a hell of a lot more… 1.8 trillion more… than the rest of us did and it didn’t cost them or their corporate masters a goddamned dime.
Random Observations Regarding the Debt Deal (Which May or May Not Become Law):
1. Refusal to isolate Republicans has become a kind of mania, a self-immolating sickness for President Obama. Every now and then, he’ll slip up and blame Republicans for their intransigence. But then that’s generally undermined by his saying that Democrats need to give up on their sacred cows (like, you know, Medicare and Social Security, which seem more like life-giving dairy cows). Last night, announcing a deal with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling, Obama said it will “end the crisis that Washington imposed on the rest of America.”
Is there anyone here who doesn’t know that’s a total load of utter crap? They’re still talking to me like I’m some kind of 5 year old. Not only does this plan not “end” a goddamned thing nor does it do anything at all to raise revenues, it does does damned little at all for “the rest of America” and we all know it. The only ones coming out of this smelling like a rose and not like they’d been dipped in shit are the same ones that always do when we strike one of these fricking “bargains” with the right.
That one line is so goddamned aggravating. First off, it wasn’t “Washington.” Most of the people who run “Washington” wanted a clean debt ceiling vote. It was House Republicans, especially, but not exclusively, the teabaggers. They are the ones who brought the nation to a crisis. It’s like saying that you need to burn down your home because you’ve got mice. No, you get mad at the mice for dropping turds and then you trap those f**kers.
The other thing about that line is that it buys into Republican rhetoric that government is the problem. By not calling out Republicans for their bullshit, Obama is, in fact, being even more Reaganesque: “Hey, we’re just a bunch of assholes here. Sorry for stressing you out.” Washington is not hurting us. It will when it takes a shitload of money out of the economy and ends stimulus spending. But not right now.
2. Here’s what Obama said at his July 15 press conference: “But if you’re trying to get to $2.4 trillion without any revenue, then you are effectively gutting a whole bunch of domestic spending that is going to be too burdensome and is not going to be something that I would support.”
At his July 11 press conference, he said, “I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which I am asked to do nothing, in fact, I’m able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they’ve got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans.”
But he is accepting and supporting this deal, which doesn’t do a thing to increase revenue. Instead, the White House put out this statement regarding a failure for the proposed Super Congress to reach a deal on future spending cuts and revenue, which would trigger a sequestering of spending: “The Bush tax cuts expire as of 1/1/2013, the same date that the spending sequester would go into effect. These two events together will force balanced deficit reduction. Absent a balanced deal, it would enable the President to use his veto pen to ensure nearly $1 trillion in additional deficit reduction by not extending the high-income tax cuts.”
You get that? The White House is saying that Obama has a bottom line or he’ll veto it. And that he’ll allow the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy expire. Like he did last time. Oh, wait…
More at the link The Rude One pretty well demolishes any notion that this was somehow a “win” for the American people but then the American people at my level of society have pretty much given up any expectation of ever actually WINNING anything, anyway. The only thing vast numbers of us can possibly hope for in one of these feces flinging DC monkey orgies is that we manage to survive it with a roof over our heads and at least a package of Ramen noodles a day.
And belaboring the obvious again, NOBODY can deny the fact that we had been told… in fact guaranteed… for weeks that there would be no deal without revenue increases and that this deal only provides for a target 1.8 trillion in spending cuts and has NO Provision for any revenue increases other than a few vague references to some more of the same “bipartisan” bullshit that got us here.
Nah, there’s no win here for the defenseless and the vulnerable. Oh wait… it did preserve the Pell Grants program (I think) and I figure that must be a good thing (it has little to no direct effect on my demographic because nobody in my family or circle ever went to school on one or is likely to)… but then we always get a dab or two of peanut butter in these bipartisan shit sandwiches, don’t we?