The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “U.S. Senate narrowly passes FIRST budget in FOUR years” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-narrowly-passes-first-budget-four-years-092341743–business.html).
“The Senate on Saturday (March 23, 2013) narrowly passed its FIRST federal budget in FOUR years, a move that will usher in a relative lull in Washington’s fiscal wars until an anticipated summer showdown over raising the debt ceiling.
“The budget plan passed 50-49 at about 5 a.m. after a marathon voting session in the Democratic-controlled chamber. FOUR Democratic senators FACING TOUGH RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGNS in 2014 joined all the Senate Republicans in opposing the measure, which seeks to raise nearly $1 TRILLION in new TAX revenues by closing some tax breaks for THE WEALTHY” which we know Republicans are AGAINST. “Four Democrats facing tough re-elections in 2014” again sounds like BLANCHE LINCOLN who voted FOR “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” but AGAINST “the Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act” (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanche_Lincoln), ONLY because of THE WORD “reconciliation” with the “I don’t even know what the bill is gonna be” circus (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMFIQ7ERdPI). Let’s also note that 50-49 is an EXTREMELY narrow margin of passage. In fact, it almost DIDN’T pass.
“The Senate budget, which reflects Democratic priorities of BOOSTING near-term job growth and preserving social safety net programs, will SQUARE OFF in coming months against a Republican-focused budget passed by the Republican-dominated House of Representatives” which ONLY wants to CUT, CUT and CUT. Also, many people would associate “dominance” and “square off” with FORCE or the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Neither of the non-binding blueprints has a chance of passage in the OPPOSING chamber, leaving Congress NO CLOSER to RESOLVING DEEP DIFFERENCES over how to shrink U.S. deficits and grow the economy. But they give each party a platform from which to tout their respective fiscal visions”. The key phrase again is obviously ” NO CLOSER to resolving DEEP differences”. Again, this was EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The Democrats’ plan from Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray aims to reduce deficits by $1.85 TRILLION over 10 years through AN EQUAL MIX OF tax increases and spending cuts”. Of course Republicans favor ONLY “spending cuts”.
The Republican plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan seeks $4.6 trillion in savings over the same period (10 years) WITHOUT raising new taxes. It aims to reach a small surplus by 2023 through DEEP cuts to HEALTHCARE and social programs that aid THE ELDERLY and THE POOR“, two groups that WE MUST NOT FORGET..
“Murray said after the vote that she would TRY TO work with Ryan on A PATH TOWARD COMPROMISE“. “While it is clear that the policies, values and priorities of the Senate budget are VERY DIFFERENT than those articulated in the House budget, I know the American people are EXPECTING us to WORK TOGETHER TO END THE GRIDLOCK and FIND COMMON GROUND and I plan to continue doing exactly that“. Is this A REASONABLE EXPECTATION? (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The White House WELCOMED the Senate move”. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney released the following statement: “Today (March 23, 2013), the Senate passed a budget plan that will create jobs and CUT THE DEFICIT IN A BALANCED (?) WAY“. Again, what is “balanced” is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Now it is time for our leaders to COME TOGETHER TO FIND COMMON GROUND (?)” IS THIS POSSIBLE? “The President has put a plan on the table that reflects COMPROMISE and he will continue to work with both sides to see IF there is an opportunity to reach a solution to our budget challenges“. Again “if” IS NOT/is FAR FROM a guarantee.
According to Greg Valliere, “chief political strategist at Potomac Research Group, a firm that advises institutional investors on Washington politics”, “We’re going to GET A BREATHER here (?)” REALLY? “Congress will LET THINGS COOL OFF A BIT (?) and there’ll be other issues that come to the forefront in the spring“. “Congress will let things cool off a bit”. Is this A REASONABLE EXPECTATION? (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). It certainly seems like people on Capitol Hill are continuously GOING AFTER EACH OTHER because hey this is what POLITICIANS do: fight for THEIR OWN NARROW IDEOLOGIES.
According to Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee”, “The House budget CHANGES our DEBT course, while the Senate budget DOES NOT“. Again, this is EXPECTED, because Sessions is a SENATOR so of course he will fight for the chamber to which HE belongs This is also the latest/yet another case of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Finally, according to Sean West, “U.S. policy director at Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy”, “The idea of conferencing them (i.e. Democrats & Republicans) is kind of A JOKE. You would EXPECT that IF there were A CHANCE of success, they wouldn’t have PLANTED FLAGS ON COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLANETS“. Again the prospects of POLITICIANS working together IS NOT good AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Again, this is just the latest chapter of PARTISAN POLITICS ON CAPITOL HILL