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Dems Move Goal Posts, Demand An ‘Unclean’ Bill

First we have this from a cheering New York Times:

Spending Dispute Leaves a Senate Deal Elusive

By JONATHAN WEISMAN | October 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — With a possible default on government obligations just days away, Senate Democratic leaders — believing they have a political advantage in the continuing fiscal impasse — refused Sunday to sign on to any deal that reopens the government but locks in budget cuts for next year.

Look at that headline and lead. The Democrats have just rejected a ‘clean’ debt ceiling extension. Which is what they and Obama had been demanding. And now they are demanding that any debt deal extension will have to end the sequester.

But there is no outrage from the New York Times or the rest of the news media. Instead, they are cheering the Democrats on.

The disagreement extended the stalemate that has kept much of the government shuttered for two weeks and threatens to force a federal default.

You see? It’s "the disagreement" that threatens to force a default. Not the Democrats, who have once again moved the goal posts.

The core of the dispute is about spending, and how long a stopgap measure that would reopen the government should last. Democrats want the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration to last only through mid-November; Republicans want them to last as long as possible.

The sequester is the ‘The Law Of The Land.’ In fact, it was even Obama’s idea. And he has even threatened to veto any changes to it.

The Democrats’ demand shows a newfound aggressiveness. Previously, they had favored a so-called clean bill that would reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling without any policy changes attached…

You see? It’s a wonderful "newfound aggressiveness." It’s not moving the goal posts. It’s not lying.

The Associated Press also refrains from blaming Obama or the Democrats:

Default looming, Day 14 of shutdown, no solution

By DONNA CASSATA | October 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises gripping the nation…

But no one is at fault.

Reid and McConnell — five-term senators hardened by budget disputes and years of negotiations — are at an impasse over the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration and whether to undo or change them as part of a budget deal. Republicans want to keep the spending at the deficit-cutting level of the 2011 budget law while Democrats are pressing for a higher amount…

But again, there is no outrage at the Democrats now demanding an ‘unclean’ bill. In fact, the AP never even seems to notice the about face.

Politically, Republicans are reeling, bearing a substantial amount of the blame for the government shutdown and stalemate…

Which, of course, has nothing to do with the way the news media has played this. And is still playing this.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dems Move Goal Posts, Demand An ‘Unclean’ Bill”

  1. Petronius says:

    Yesterday––according to the regime and its base (the media)––the top priority was a “clean” debt extension to avoid a cataclysmic default.

    But suddenly today the new priority is getting rid of the sequestration cuts.

    In other words, Democrats and Liberals believe there is always room for more spending and more taxation and borrowing.

    But of course borrowing is out of the question, because that would require a lender, and willing lenders these days are in short supply.

    Unless you count the Fed’s money-printing machine.

    The Fed plows over $85 billion a month into the economy. It is the principal buyer for new government debt. And the Fed has already placed over $3 trillion in new money into circulation to prop up the regime’s spending requirements.

    So what about more tax increases?

    As every good Keynesian knows, the greater the level of taxation, the greater will be the drag on the economy, resulting in reduced GDP, as we are sucked into an endless downward vortex of poverty.

    Bottom line?

    The size of government is not going to be significantly reduced. Certainly not by the Democrats. And the Republican Party has no stomach for a fight.

    Rather government and debt will continue to grow year-over-year.

    In the end the government will shut down the economy. And the printing presses will never shut down.

    • heykev says:

      I’m not sure which is worse. That we are spiraling into poverty. Or that the Republican’s have never in my life time shown any inclination towards having a spine, will to fight on principle, testicular fortitude, and a number of terms come to mind. We have the likes of John McCain who is always too happy to throw other Republicans under bus who disagree with him or don’t follow reach across the aisle philosophy of so he once again snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

  2. captstubby says:

    last night i had a dream that the Republican Congress played this music non stop in a fillibuster until it was all over.

    El Degüello means “no mercy” or “to put to the sword”.

    Dimitri Tiomkin music from Rio Bravo , a 1959 American Western film, directed by Howard Hawks.
    A character (Colorado, played by Nelson) identifies the tune as “The Cutthroat Song”. He relates the song’s historical playing on the orders of Antonio López de Santa Anna to the Texans holed up in the Alamo to signify that no quarter would be given.


    but then i woke up and remembered it was only a dream.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    The John Boehner Strategy
    ★Start a fight
    ★Give up just before you win
    ★Get nothing out of it
    ★Look like a total fool
    ★ Let down your constituents
    ★Reinforce the dictatorship


    As you can see from the video, “The ayes have it” which is obviously #1: Fraud. #2: Disregard for an actual paper ballot that might get in the way of dictatorship.

    Nope. In case you are keeping score at home, McCain, Bush, Romney, Boehner, and other RINOS, are there to put on a good show but MAKE SURE the government party of liberal democrats and republicans, chase away all attempts to erode the size of government, and the New World Order. –don’t kid yourself into believing Boehner is going to do anything other than maintain the current system of things.

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