Deconstructing The Absurdity

The irony that’s killing Washington..

In Debt Ceiling, Democratic Party, Republican Party, Tea Party, U.S Congress, U.S House of Representatives, U.S Senate on July 30, 2011 at 11:55 am

In all my time of only covering United States politics, I have never seen Washington so stubborn and irresponsible. Yeah! They made some very bad decisions regarding policy and war. But that was mostly because of external causes. This right here is a self-inflicted disaster. It’s manufactured by the American government for the American people and America herself. For all this time this debt ceiling debate has been going on, we have been hearing these idealistic phrases. ‘Washington needs to cut down on spending, Too much spending is being done, We should live within our means, We should not spend what we don’t have.’ All these statements are mostly thrown out by the GOP and Tea Party supporters and politicians. On the practical side  we have to agree that spending needs to be curbed. Holy crap! We really need to stop spending on so many wasteful things. These GOP and Tea Party guys are absolutely right about this part. But somebody explain this part to me. HOW IS THE DEBT CEILING RELATED TO FUTURE SPENDING? Why are we confusing paying for dues and future spending. Yes, future spending needs to be reduced but you HAVE to pay for what you have already consumed. The Republicans love referring to micro economics of an average American household. The thought goes. The American government needs to spend like an average American family. “When someone is overextended and broke they don’t continue paying for expensive automobiles, they sell the expensive automobiles and buy a cheaper one. They don’t continue paying for country club dues, they drop out of the country club,”  Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) told Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC. Perhaps they could sell their Mercedes or maybe the middle class families could forget about that vacation they were thinking of taking to the Seychelles. This statement of his shows a tremendous lack of understanding about the average American family on the part of Brown. Mr Brown most Americans do not have complete health care let alone a ‘country club’ membership. These severely deluded congressman forget that when you try superimposing micro economics over macro the two just don’t cover each other up. The American government cannot exactly function the way an American family does.

So the question often kept popping up in my mind. Why is the congress acting this way? What could they possibly be getting out of it. The already tainted image of U.S as a military power is getting even worse as a degrading economic power. Washington is falling apart with statements like ‘Nothing can pass the House’ and the president of America almost on his knees begging his fellow politicians to think about the country before pushing for their own agenda. Just think about it for a minute. The most powerful man in the world in control of supposedly the most powerful country in the world has to beg his own people to think before they act. John Boehner could barely pass his own bill in the house that he has a majority in. Now there are several reasons why his own caucus didn’t support his but I’ve already discussed that in my previous post. This is not about Boehner. This whole problem is so much bigger than one person or one party. Nobody can speculate the exact effects of the disaster of not raising the debt limit. Nobody knows because in all of American history there has never been a mention of America defaulting. In fact it’s unconstitutional (section 4, 14th amendment).

Coming back to the point of economics. Let’s take this latest bill that John Boehner forced through the House. Not a single Democrat is on board his plan and neither are 22 Republicans. But did that stop him from wasting tax payer dollars and creating wasteful bills. Harry Reid in the senate has already said that this kind of bill is D.O.A. It can never pass the senate leave alone the president signing off on it. Then why doesn’t Boehner make a constructive bill. Let’s see what the Boehner and Reid bills have to offer.

John Boehner’s Bill (House of Representatives)

  • The Boehner bill (including the July 29 changes) would save $917 billion.
  • It would cut about the same amount (about $1 trillion) from the 2012 and 2013 budgets (the only budgets that this Congress has any real authority over)
  • Creates a super-committee – a bipartisan committee of 12 members from both houses – to come up with a bill that reforms taxes and entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security). Both houses would be required to vote on whatever bill the committee came up with.
  • It cap discretionary (non-entitlement) spending. The caps rise with inflation after 2014.
Harry Reid’s Bill (Senate)
  • The Boehner bill (including the July 29 changes) would save $917 billion.
  • It would cut about the same amount (about $1 trillion) from the 2012 and 2013 budgets (the only budgets that this Congress has any real authority over)
  • Creates a super-committee – a bipartisan committee of 12 members from both houses – to come up with a bill that reforms taxes and entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security). Both houses would be required to vote on whatever bill the committee came up with.
  • It cap discretionary (non-entitlement) spending. The caps rise with inflation after 2014.
So there you have it. It’s not like both the bills are hugely apart. They have quite a few similarities. The reason why mentioned the similarities separately is because none of what is in Reid’s plan is a Democratic idea. The Democrats would never side for something like what Reid has proposed had it not been this extreme moment. Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are also doubtful of about leader Reid’s plan to some extent. The important point to be noted. The Democrats stepped out of their comfort zone. Heck they walked a mile from it. Now, I know by this point y’all must be asking. So what are the differences. Here they are:

Differences:
Reid’s plan assumes a drawdown of United States’ forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to save $1.2 trillion. These savings are not included in Boehner’s bill. House Republicans are calling this part of Reid’s bill a “gimmick”. They are saying that drawdown of troops will reduce spending no matter which bill is passed. Ok! So if you are so wise. Why hasn’t speaker Boehner proposed the same thing? No clue!

The Reid plan would raise the debt ceiling enough to get past the 2012 election in a single vote – a one-step process. The Boehner plan would require a two-step process – a small debt limit increase now, a large debt limit increase later which would be tied to the super-committee bill. This means once this debt limit crisis is averted. Another one would be following six months later. We’re all back in the same loop. Do they really think that the markets are going to approve of that idea?

AND that’s it ladies and gentleman. Broadly. These are the differences. After speaker Boehner failed to get enough votes to pass his bill in the House on Thursday, he added a balanced budget amendment requirement to the bill in order to get more Republicans to support it. This stunt that he pulled made it even more impossible to pass the senate.

When Boehner knew that this bill would never pass the senate. Why did he waste precious time in ramming through a pill that ultimately would be no good? In fact when he couldn’t get a majority from his caucus he added a clause that would most certainly kill the bill in the senate. Money lost, time lost and the country is still hanging by a thread. Why not work with the Democrats and come up with something really bi-partisan. None of the Democrats in the house signed up for Boehner’s proposal. NONE! The big question mark is here. Boehner did not step out of his comfort zone and on top of that he made it certain that the bill would be killed. Now that the bill has been passed onto the senate the Republicans in the house and the country can put their hands up and blame Obama and the Democrats. This has been their game plan since November 2010. Push your agenda and blame Obama. Is is still applicable now that the economic collapse of the United States is on the brink? Can any politician afford to push his/her agenda first?

Neither one of these plan had ANY tax increases. Something which the Tea Party and GOP are dead against. Republicans said they would not support a plan that increased taxes (even if it came from eliminating deductions, rather than increasing tax rates). Democrats said that they would not support a plan that did not include some tax increases (which could come from eliminating deductions). Ironically, the Reid bill, supported by Democrats, has no tax increases and the Boehner bill, supported by Republicans, most likely would increase taxes (by eliminating deductions) through the super-committee bill. THIS is the irony that is murdering Washington and the United States right now. Pray for the country. Each and every working individual needs it.

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