MEH  3:08 pm January 26, 2010

Magical Budget Cutting Commission Falls In Vote

by Jim Newell

Let's start hoarding!The creation of Judd Gregg and Kent Conrad’s Magical Budget Cutting Commission From Space, members of which would decide what gets cut from the budget and then tell Congress “pass this thing to save $$$,” has failed on the Senate floor, 53-46, this being one of those things needing 60 votes. It became a problem when Barack Obama endorsed it and Republicans had to find a way to (a) make sure it didn’t pass ever and (b) blame Obama for not passing it from his legislative chair in the executive branch.

The Senate on Tuesday rejected a plan to create a bipartisan commission to tackle the nation’s budget problems this year, leaving it up to President Obama to create such a panel by executive order.

Sucker, always getting stuck with the hot potato. You know what they call presidents who issue executive orders? Maoists. It’s true! Nick Gillespie taught us all about it in Glenn Beck’s Mao/Che documentary last week.

Your fate, America, right here:

But the measure won just 53 votes in the Senate, not enough to overcome a threatened filibuster. In rejecting the idea, Republicans opposed to tax increases joined Democrats fearful of being forced to cut social programs.

Worst of all: Evan Bayh. Evan fucking Bayh. MISTER SERIOUS DEFICIT CUTTER over here. ALWAYS BITCHING about money, never supporting anything that would reduce debt. This is Evan Bayh:

One of the protesters, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), said he remained undecided Tuesday on the question of raising the debt limit, though he spoke favorably of creating a commission by executive order.

“I’m thinking the government should default on its debt, but I am in favor of letting Obama try and fail to fix this on his own, without me taking a single hard vote about anything I supposedly support.”

This is why Evan Bayh should have been president.

Senate rejects Obama plan [WP]

 

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{ 41 comments }

Tommmcatt January 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Fifty-Three Votes is less than half.

US America Senate Math, baby.

SayItWithWookies January 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

So they’re modeling themselves after the California state legislature? This should turn out well.

TubeCity January 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Is this the part of the Kabuki where some twelve-foot long fabric with a dragon head comes out and dances?

el_chupacabra January 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I am done with all of them. Fuck the whole lot. Nothing but pussies and douche bags. Dammit. dammitdammitdammit.

bago January 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

[re=501220]TubeCity[/re]: Noh!

Spike January 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Good thing it was a shitty idea anyway.

Gopherit January 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Fucking cowards, all of them. It’s not Somebody Elses Problem, Dems. Show some fucking balls or GTFO, because if you don’t, you won’t be there your next election anyway.

Crank Tango January 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

[re=501223]el_chupacabra[/re]: no shit. I think we need our own answer to the teabaggers. I suggest “salad tossers.” Sick of sending so much green to these assholes to get elected and then we have to lick their asses to get anything done.

DustBowlBlues January 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

The Republicans have actually made governing impossible, haven’t they? And the president gets blamed for the lack of bi-partisanship.

If Nobama is going to start being populist and more combative, how about he start here: “Fuck the Republics. We’ve done everything we can, including stripping the meat of important legislation, just to try to make these dicks happy. PS: Any state where a Democratic senator or reprentative votes against the party loses all their fucking agricultural subsidies.

Oklahoma’s Dan Boren/fixed.

mcc January 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

[re=501227]Crank Tango[/re]: The left wing tea party equivalents were all rabidly, obsessively opposed to the budget commission. They’re probably celebrating a victory right now.

The problem is that all tea party equivalents are good for is obstructing things

dijetlo January 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm

[re=501220]TubeCity[/re]: No…that’s for November when the Republicans pick up three seats and clam they have a mandate from the people.
This is the point where the Republican red warrior-kings strut around menacingly waving their swords and grimacing at the audience while off-stage the geisha she-males bang tin gongs.
You’ll know it’s time for the dragon when Blanche Lincoln starts to sing, it’ll sound like a cat being skinned alive.

JMP January 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm

The blue dog right-wing Dems love to talk about cutting the budget; if they actually did it would give them no straw man to tail against.

Of course, no one will suggest cutting our biggest money waster of all, the military. Because that would let their opponents claim they’re weak on national security; how can America properly defend itself when it only spends as much as the rest of the world combined on “defense”.

Crank Tango January 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm

[re=501232]mcc[/re]: yeah I dunno, this spending freeze sounded like a stupid idea–I am just ridiculously fed up. I just pray palin doesn’t get the nomination in 12.

BigDupa January 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm

This exact idea was proposed by the editorial board of “The Economist” a few months ago. The defeat is a victory for non-elitist, regular magazine readers everywhere. Maybe if it was proposed in “US Weekly,” it would have had a chance.

Terry January 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm

“I’m thinking the government should default on its debt”

And then what? Not try to buy anything for seven years?

JMP January 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

OT, but good, fun news today: the fake pimp behind the ACORN “sting” is arrested for trying to pull a Nixon in Mary Landrieu’s office:
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/01/acorn_gotcha_man_arrested_for.html

Gopherit January 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm

[re=501227]Crank Tango[/re]: There you go. Fuck the arugula eating bastards!

Oldskool January 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Amurka, the three-toed sloth of the 21st century.

Ducksworthy January 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Yes. We MUST continue to spend $600 Billion a year on defense (actual wars are extra) in order to not seem soft on ….well just soft. Besides its a good job program, although somewhat expensive for what we get

magic titty January 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

[re=501234]JMP[/re]: Thanks for saying what I was about to say.

RoscoePColtraine January 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Can I just go back to thinking of it as “pretend” money? Everything went along just fine when we were allowed to type “000,000′s” for stuff.

Humpback January 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Let’s just do like my bank does–raise the interest rate retroactively to 23%. That will show those stupid borrowers not to borrow so much. And then those borrowers can just repay all that money with interest. By paying money. That we’ll have to borrow. Because no tax hikes. …

Step 3. Profit!

Gopherit January 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm

[re=501239]JMP[/re]: Just look at that fake pimp outfit. How did anyone fall for that?

Jim89048 January 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

The only way to out-retard them is to actually out-retard them. Nobody’s got the balls to do that.

Paterlanger January 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

[re=501220]TubeCity[/re]: Kabuki or Bukake?

JMP January 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

[re=501242]Ducksworthy[/re]: We need a giant military to show the world that Murrka isn’t soft or small; that we’ve got the biggest, hardest, strongest, thickest army that can keep going forever.

TubeCity January 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

[re=501233]dijetlo[/re]: [re=501224]bago[/re]: Thank you. I wasn’t sure whether that was a tiger or a river or intermission.

AnnieGetYourFun January 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

[re=501224]bago[/re]: Nice.

[re=501249]Jim89048[/re]: What are we proposing here? Helmets?

Gopherit January 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

[re=501249]Jim89048[/re]: What would the teabaggers and conservatives do if the federal government just furloughed their employees for two weeks to balance their budget? I bet the Rev John Birch would roll over in his grave at the sounds of their pitiful squalling about not having their government.

sezme January 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

[re=501219]SayItWithWookies[/re]: They’re modelling themselves after the Homer Simpson “Why can’t someone else do it?” style of government.

JMP January 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

[re=501225]Spike[/re]: Really; didn’t any of these people learn about the Great Depression in sixth grade history? Hoover was obsessed with balancing the budget, and failed to do anything; FDR spent tons of money and ended the thing.

slappypaddy January 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

fuck the fucking fucked fuckers. we’se busted and we knows it. the value of the money is a shadow on the wall of the cave. the government’s busted six ways from sunday. the banks are broker than broke. not one of those goddamned motherfucking sacks of shit in the congress or on wall street is worth the dirt on the soles of my beat-up old shoes. it doesn’t matter what the fuck those sons of bitches do because not a single one of them has the courage god gave a cockroach, the character of a keystone cop, or the intelligence of the dirt under my fingernails. if you see barry, you can tell him i said so.

Hooray For Anything January 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

[re=501230]DustBowlBlues[/re]: It wouldn’t matter because that would only get you 58 votes and then you’d have to suck up to Lieberman for 59. But even then, with 59 votes, you couldn’t get a bill passed due to the new math in the Senate that says that 41 out of 100 is a Majority. The Democrats in the Senate couldn’t even pass a bill declaring Wednesday Wednesday. And yet, that won’t stop the Republicans from going around saying how much they hate government spending and deficits, the press from letting them, the Democrats in congress from getting it from everyone for not being able to pass anything, and Obama for both that and not being bipartisan enough.

Jim89048 January 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

[re=501255]Gopherit[/re]: I dunno, that’s not working out so well for California…

TGY January 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I vote to secede from Jesusland.

qwerty42 January 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

[re=501239]JMP[/re]: oh, the joy:
The four men appeared in federal magistrate court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Louis Moore wearing red inmate jumpstuits from St. Bernard Parish Prison, where they are being held. Moore is allowing the men to be released on $10,000 bond.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha *whew* hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

dumbasses. St Bernard parish lockup is probably a fun place. Laissez le bon temps rouler.

Gopherit January 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm

[re=501272]Jim89048[/re]: Or here in Arizona. My only consolation is listening to conservatives bitch about how retarded our all Republican state house, snenate and governor are. I’ve even heard them ask why taxes weren’t being raised. So delicious.

american mutt January 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Republicans were for it before they were against when Obama was for it.

knobwurst January 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm

So, now that Obama knows that the repubs will be against anything he’s for and for anything he against, all he needs to do is come out in favor keeping healthcare just the way it is. then he should call for everyone to shut the hell up about sending bush and cheney to the hague, he’s not gonna do it, nope, you repubs can just forget about it….

Of course what he’ll do is hold a crystal ice cream dish under boner’s ass until he shits, then he’ll eat it and say “My you make a delicious chocolate sundae sir!”

artpepper January 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

a threatened filibuster

This is kind of like in poker when you fold before any cards are dealt and the plastic wrap is still on the card deck.

hunter.blatherer January 26, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Won’t the corporations fix this in 2011, when they gain complete and irrevocable control of the government forever, and file for no-fault Chapter 11, holding a firesale on all military facilities and budgets, and emerging as a nation of entrepreneurs and consultants?

Won’t that fix everything?

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