Thursday, December 12, 2013

Murray-Ryan budget deal: selling us a bill of goods

The Daily Haymaker, December 11, 2013

We’ve got 535 voting members of Congress. Yet. this “bi-partisan”, “disaster-averting” budget deal announced yesterday got hammered out in private talks between Senate Budget Committee chairman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan.Two people out of a potential population of 535.  

We’re being told it balances the budget over ten years.  We’re being told it doesn’t raise taxes. We’re told this will be accomplished by doing away with a good chunk of the sequester cuts — which were initiated because these yo-yos failed to do the most important job assigned to them by The Constitution. 

I know for a fact that this deal increases “fees” on airline tickets, for instance. I can hear the weasel words from the politicos now:  ”That’s a fee.  Not a tax!”
When the government assesses a larger amount of money against a business, and said business has to turn around and charge its customers to collect that money, you have a TAX.  An increased tax, at that. 

Also, about that balancing-the-budget-in ten years claim:  half of the “budget cuts” don’t kick in until 2022.  John Boehner and the House leadership are collectively rolling their eyes at complaints from Tea Partiers and other conservatives about this “deal.”
The faction of House Republicans still respecting the Tea Partiers who propelled them to majority status is not happy with the deal:

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