January 8, 2013
And I'm Spent
There's a terrific scene in Young Frankenstein when Gene Wilder says to Igor, the hunchback played by the late, great Marty Feldman, "You know, I'm a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump." To which Igor replies, quite deadpan, "What hump?"
It would seem that this is what House Republicans faced with the president, according to John Boehner's account of the fiscal cliff negotiations in the Wall Street Journal:
What stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revelation: "At one point several weeks ago," Mr. Boehner says, "the president said to me, 'We don't have a spending problem.' "
You could say that this attitude defies comprehension -- after all, if digging yourself into a $16 trillion hole isn't enough to make Obama and the Democrats wake up to the perilous state of the nation's finances, nothing will -- but then that would be missing the entire point. See, for years now we right-wing crazies have been debating the Ultimate Question: Are Obama's economic policies the product of sheer incompetence, or is he doing it on purpose? His Excellency's attitude toward the debt pretty much clinches the latter.
Hatched by Korso on this day, January 8, 2013, at the time of 7:59 AM
The following hissed in response by: Javert Freeman
I expect nothing less than the disregard of another person, or a nation, by someone who bogarted on his Choom gang buds, and who would later throw his pastor under the very crowded bus. We are here to serve his Nibs, like it or not. I'm sure Mr. F.M. Davis looks up and smiles. Budgets and debt, like laws and taxes, are for the little people.
The following hissed in response by: snochasr
I don't think that's the Ultimate Question at all, because it has the answer in another question, namely, what's the difference? It doesn't matter WHY Obamanomics is as it is, but how to stop it. Sort of like a headsman's axe that isn't quite sharp enough.
Like that other ultimate question, however, the answer is, indeed, 42, or perhaps even 43 would be better. Let us simply pass the last Bush 43 budget again, the one with a deficit of $160Bln and dropping, and live within it.
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