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AP Mocks Republicans For Bipartisan Offers

From an endlessly smug Associated Press:

Cutting deficits harder than just talking about it

December 4, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coming year-end spending spree after so much debate over budget deficits shows just how hard it is to stem the government’s flow of red ink.

Lawmakers are poised to spend $120 billion or so to renew a Social Security tax cut that averaged just under $1,000 per household this year. They’re ready to commit up to $50 billion more to continue unemployment benefits to people out of work for more than half a year.

And doctors have no reason to doubt they won’t be rescued, again, from steep cuts in their Medicare payments. Combine that with the tax cuts and jobless benefits, and Congress could add almost $200 billion to the federal ledger this month.

That’s why it’s excruciatingly difficult to cut the deficit, even when the House is dominated by tea party forces

This is the reward Tea Party supporters and other Republicans in Congress get for offering to compromise. They are mocked and ridiculed by the news media.

And, while we are at it, why isn’t the Tea Party ever capitalized, when even the AstroTurf ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement always is?

Republicans insist that extending the Social Security tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed must be paid for through cuts to other programs or finding other nontax sources of money for them.

But using any such arrangements means they’re no longer available for cutting deficits.

A list presented Friday to Republicans at a private caucus contained "cuts" that are among the easiest to enact. They include around $15 billion from new auctions of broadcast spectrum to wireless companies, and $35 billion by increasing the fee that mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders to guarantee repayment of new loans. The fee increase would add $15 a month to the monthly cost of an average new mortgage, the White House estimates.

These spending cuts are measured over 10 years to pay for deficit spending that occurs over the next year or so, which has generated much grumbling among conservatives.

"It’s a gimmick," said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. He complained that the pay-for proposals are spread over a decade while the tax savings to workers and aid for the unemployed are for a single year. He predicted the same dance would occur again year from now when both parties will feel the political pressure to renew them again

And he is right, of course.

Still, the hypocrisy of the news media is as always breathtaking.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP Mocks Republicans For Bipartisan Offers”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    You listening Boehner?

  2. Papa Louie says:

    Clearly Democrats are setting a trap for Republicans. It’s the same trap they set for the senior George Bush when they convinced him that raising taxes was the only “reasonable” way to compromise with them. Then they turned on him for violating his “read my lips” promise. The trap worked quite well in helping Democrats win back the presidency. Now they want to pull the same trick with today’s Republicans. Democrats couldn’t care less about the deficit. They simply use the deficit as an excuse to raise taxes, which they then use to justify increased government spending.

    I hope Republicans don’t fall for the trap again. But with pressure from the media to compromise with Democrats, I fear they will wear down over time. Eventually, in the spirit of compromise, they will give in to raising taxes “just a little bit.” When they do, the trap will be sprung. Instead of receiving the praise they expect for being “reasonable”, the media will treat them just like they did George H. W. Bush. They will be branded as untrustworthy flip-floppers for breaking their promise to the Tea Party not to raise taxes. It’s funny how Republicans get hammered for breaking a promise on taxes but Obama gets a complete pass (even from Republicans) for breaking his recent promise not to raise taxes for two years. I hope Republicans can avoid the trap this time, but history tells us they will fall for it again. Then, unexpectedly, Pe-lucy will move the football at the last second and they will fall flat on their backs wondering why they fell for the same trick again.

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