The Senate early Saturday passed its first budget in four years by a vote of 50 to 49.
I'm shocked. This news can't be right, can it ??? We still have a Senate ??? Who knew ??? I thought we did away with that back in 2010. I'm gonna have to verify this information....be back in a minute....
By gosh, it IS true !!! We still do have a Senate, and the World's Greatest Comatose Body did indeed pass a budget, it's first since, like, 1899 or something. Is Haley's Comet in the vicinity ? Has Jesus returned ? This is momentous.
All the Republican members of this Senate thing-ey voted against the Democrat budget proposal, but I probably didn't need to tell you that. It would only be news if any of the GOPers had voted FOR the Democrat budget, after which they'd be condemned as RINO traitors by the talking radioheads and cast into the Pit Of Socialist Hellfire. Similarly, all Senate Democrats voted against the Republican Ryan budget earlier in the week, because Ryan's plan forced everybody making less than $250K per year to eat kitty litter and live in plastic trash bags outside Home Depot. That's what they're reporting on MSNBC anyway, so it must be true.
One Nation, Under God.
Except for the "Under God" part....and except for the "One Nation" part.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is proud of the work the Democrats did in the Budget Committee and on the Senate floor to write, debate, and pass a responsible budget plan that puts economic growth and the middle class first. She thinks the Senate Budget takes a balanced and responsible approach to tackling our fiscal and economic challenges, and believes the vast majority of families across the country support the Democrat budget. Here's Murray:
“I am proud of the work we did in the Budget Committee and on the Senate floor to write, debate, and pass a responsible budget plan that puts economic growth and the middle class first," Murray said in a post-vote statement. “The Senate Budget takes the balanced and responsible approach to tackling our fiscal and economic challenges that the vast majority of families across the country support."
Yes. Didn't I say that already ?
I have to whip out my Democrat-To-English dictionary here to explain what Murray means by a "balanced and responsible approach to tackling our fiscal and economic challenges", because it doesn't mean what a normal person would think it does. It means this instead:
The [Democrats] approved a plan that relies heavily on $975 billion in new tax revenue to stabilize the growth of the national debt within the next ten years. The budget does not balance, however, and has a deficit of $566 billion in 2023.
The Murray budget contains $975 billion in spending cuts, including $275 billion in new cuts to Medicare and Medicaid spending. But it also turns off $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts scheduled over nine years. Factoring that in, the budget does not constitute a net spending cut.
Translation - The Democrats raise taxes, increase spending, and never balance the budget. This is what Murray means by a "balanced and responsible approach" and "tackling our fiscal and economic challenges". In a nutshell, the Democrats tackle our fiscal challenges by running away from them.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered this odd summation:
"This budget is a rehash of the extreme policies that continue to hobble the economy and crush the middle class," Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. "The only good news is that the fiscal path the Democrats laid out in their Budget Resolution won’t become law.”
McConnell called the session “one of the Senate's finest days in recent years.”
Yes, it was a great day for passing budgets that have absolutely no chance of being adopted. The Senate at it's finest....which should tell us something right there.
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