Boehner is having a hissy fit that Republicans in Congress do not want to vote for his budget deal. He can’t blame them, of course, and he can’t attack the voters. So he tried yesterday to blame others for pressuring people in Congress.
“They’re using our members, and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous,” he said at a Republican news conference.
“Listen, if you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement,” he snapped.
I don’t see any way that “outside groups” would have the ability to “use members” of Congress unless they were simply tracking issues that were important to voters. It sounds to me like Boehner knows that this budget deal is a conservative nightmare and is trying to blame the groups as if they were acting on their own.
This is confirmed by CNS News. The new budget deal will “bust through supposed spending ‘caps.’”
The way Congress operates, it’s ridiculous for Members to set spending caps. They just keep busting right through them. The deal announced yesterday raises discretionary spending above the bipartisan spending agreement forged in 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act. Spending for defense and non-defense domestic programs would be raised by $45 billion in 2014 and by $18 billion in 2015.
It also trades increases in spending for later cuts in the future.
The budget deal would spend $63 billion more over the next two years-but take 10 years to make up for this splurge. This is a common Washington gimmick. To the conferees’ credit, the deal suggests one-third in additional deficit reduction-the details of which remain to be evaluated.
The budget conferees failed to make substantive reforms to the real drivers of spending and debt: the entitlement programs. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) forged a deal that would increase spending immediately, while delaying deficit reduction till later and trading spending cuts for more revenue. Far from simply being another missed opportunity, this deal keeps the nation on its fiscal collision course.
So why would Boehner expect conservatives to go along with this bad proposal? Somehow he thinks it is reasonable to expect the tea party to suddenly abandon its principles and stop caring about increased spending and growing debt.