There are conservatives...and then there are Republicans. There's a big difference between the two, and there are a lot more Republicans than conservatives in Congress.
The budget deal is one of those issues that exposes the difference.
Following the budget deal, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said, "Listen, if you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement.”
I'm trying not to laugh...but let's examine Boehner's claim as if he really meant what he said there.
Here's the budget deal in a nutshell, from Bloomberg:
The agreement lessens the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration by $40 billion in the 2014 budget and by $20 billion in fiscal 2015. It sets spending at about $1.01 trillion for this fiscal year, higher than the $967 billion required in a 2011 deal that set sequestration in place.
The deal would cut the deficit by $23 billion and cancel planned cuts to doctors’ Medicare reimbursement rates. It doesn’t extend emergency benefits for 1.3 million unemployed workers.
This budget deal actually increases spending more in 2015 alone above sequestration levels than the entire amount of claimed deficit reduction over a decade. Some improvement.
The CBO points out that the budget would actually RAISE the deficit by $41 billion in 2014 and 2015:
The budget office says the bipartisan agreement would increase the deficit by $23.2 billion in 2014 and by $18.2 billion the year after that.
The deal permits $63 billion in relief from automatic spending cuts over the coming two years and substitutes $85 billion in longer-term savings and fee proposals over the coming decade.
In summary, the budget deal gutted much of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (sequestration) that the GOP fought for, it raised spending and the deficit in the near term, and if this agreement manages to hold up for ten years (even though they never do), it may eventually cut the deficit by a miniscule $23 billion over a decade. That's about a $2 billion deficit cut per year out of a budget that will be in the $3.6 trillion to $4 trillion to God-knows-what range. That's a possible $23 billion deficit reduction during a time when the Obama administration has already run up almost $7 trillion in debt in five years and is on pace to double the federal debt during his tenure. Obama is on pace to run up more debt than every other President COMBINED, and the trajectory of our federal debt is still heading nowhere but up.
My verdict - this budget deal does nothing about deficits, nothing about the debt, and accomplishes little other than to increase spending and taxes (though they're calling them "fees") over the short term. Everything else is a political smokescreen.
Boehner is a Republican, but he's not a conservative, and here's how you tell the conservatives from the Republicans. The conservatives HATE this joke of a budget deal. The Republicans are calling it progress, and then whining over and over that they ARE TOO CONSERVATIVES, darnit!!!...even though they don't act like it.
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