Why can't they take the deal?Chris Byrne adds the context that I endorse with a hearty "Amen, brother":
There's one semi-fair reason, which is that the Democrats and the GOP leadership got entirely too cute with the last round of negotiations, finding a bunch of fake "cuts"--and then bragging that they hadn't really cut anything. Their fans in the commentariat joined in the gloating. So this time, the serious cutters aren't going to settle for anything except massive cuts, right now--they don't trust the other parties in the deal to carry through on anything less draconians. Nice job guys.
It's rather simple really...Look, I put on my Big Boy britches this morning. I know that actually courageous politicians are scarce as hen's teeth. But we've already been through the budget cut kabuki - Obama's own Deficit Reduction Commission has a plan that, while not ideal, is plausible.
The government spent everything they could squeeze from us when the economy was good. Then, when the economy went bad, instead of cutting back like all of us had to, they convinced a bunch of people that the way to make the economy better was to spend MORE.
Obama won't touch it. Instead, he's saying they'll cut off Grandma's Social Security check.
Here's the calculus: you can't fix the budget without addressing entitlements. You can't fix the budget without raising some taxes. And you can't fix the budget without reducing Government headcount, because guys like me won't believe they're serious without it, and will be incandescent with rage that "shared sacrifice" doesn't include Governmental Regulators.
But here's the calculation that depresses me: our miserable Political Class doesn't see political gain in that calculus, and so they're playing Chicken with the Train.
I look at #1 Son and wonder if he'll be able to get a job when he gets out of college. Heck, will I have a job when he gets out of college? Default is one huge rotating fan, and there's one big old pile of something that will hit it, if it gets to that point. And both parties are driving us down that road - I've never seen such an abdication of Presidential leadership as we're seeing here. And I've never seen a Republican Party that is willing to sell the country out for short term political gain.
Quite frankly, Paul Ryan looks to be about the only Grown Up in Washington, D. C. At the risk of repeating myself, let me repeat myself:
All of them. I get comments when I post this, with people pointing out the evils of the Democrats. Fair enough. But what this Republic is desperate for is leadership and political courage, and we're sure not seeing it from the GOP. So fire them, too. Eventually, we - like Abraham Lincoln - will find a General that will actually fight for us.
Until then, they'll all just keep playing chicken with the train.