To the Rest of the World, the U.S, Government Looks Insane and Weak

To the rest of the world, the United States looks insane right now. They’re dealing with real problems that their political systems are struggling to solve. The United States’ political system is creating fake problems that it may choose to leave unsolved…At best, the United States is slowing its recovery — and that of the rest of the world. At worst, it’s going to trigger another global crisis.

— Ezra Klein, in The Washington Post.

Cook: Odds favor Dems in Budget Showdown

It’s difficult to understand why any Republicans on Capitol Hill would like their odds in any kind of budget showdown this fall that could result in a government shutdown. Very simply, they would be going into a game with an incredibly weak hand, and their odds of winning would be quite small. … While Obama’s numbers are hardly impressive, they are still much better than those for congressional Democrats, and they aren’t even in the same time zone as the bleak numbers for Republicans in Congress. This being the case, who goes into this fight with the least credibility? The answer is Republicans in Congress … It’s a time for Republicans to be realistic and for both sides to be adults — and allow a reasonable deal to be reached.

— Pundit Charlie Cook.

Fox News fact check: ‘Ryan budget plan doesn’t actually slash the budget’

This is from Fox News — yes! the Republican Party’s own propaganda network:

Here are a few little-known facts about Paul Ryan’s supposedly slash-and-burn budget plan.

  • Government spending increases almost every year over the next decade.
  • Tax and other revenue rises year after year.
  • The 10-year deficit is still $3 trillion.