All the stuff in Trump’s budget — where to begin?
Though Congress’ heels seem to be firmly dug in.
But if the Hill denies it,
Trump just might not sign it,
Because to his way of thinking, a shutdown’s a win!
We took a hostage that the president wants to shoot. This is homeland security. It’s a conservative thing.
— Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), quoted by TPM, on the inability of Republicans to pass a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
No majority leader in my era would have thought to attempt to go around the committee and negotiate over the head of the committee chair. You could not get away with it.
— Former Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR), quoted by the Washington Post, on Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) being bypassed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
Yes. I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I hope the House flips to the Democrats in 2014, so we can be rid of these nuts. Let Ted Cruz sit in the Senate stewing in his precious bodily fluids, and let Washington get back to the business of governing.
— Rod Dreher, in the American Conservative.
Credit worthiness is like virginity, it can be preserved but not restored very easily, so it is crazy to play around with it.
— Warren Buffett, in an interview on CNBC.
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.
Of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling Washington’s budget crisis, up significantly in the past two weeks and far exceeding disapproval of both President Obama and congressional Democrats on the issue,a new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds.
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.
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.