Quote of the day
March 29, 2011 1 Comment
To anybody who actually believes that Republicans have any interest whatsoever in reducing the deficit, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Both Klein and Drum flagged this very telling quote today:
Asked about the offer the White House has floated, a top Republican aide says, “This debate has always been about discretionary spending — not autopilot ‘mandatory’ spending or tax hikes.”
I.e., the debate has always been about the things that simply lack the potential to make meaningful changes in our budget deficit. Or as Drum puts it, the debate is about programs where money goes to help less well-off Americans. So frustrating how many people fall for all the ridiculous Republican posturing on the deficit. I guess that’s why PT Barnum remains among my favorite people to quote.