Planned Parenthood Budget battle a Lot of Noise Over Little Money

1/50th of 1%

Amount Planned Parenthood spending makes up of all federal expenditures. “In the context of all federal spending, [$528 million] is infinitesimally small. In fiscal year 2014, the federal government spent $3.5 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. So Planned Parenthood spending makes up roughly 1/50th of 1 percent of all federal expenditures — and that’s rounding up generously,” according to the Washington Post.

Sounds Like GOP Is Gearing Up for a January Showown

The American people are going to demand a fight in January. Look, when this thing goes into full effect, some of those people will go, ‘Why didn’t y’all stand tighter? Why did y’all let this happen?’

— Rep. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), quoted by Politico, predicting another showdown over Obamacare when the threat of another government shutdown may resurface.

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.