Now what, Claire? (October 2, 2009)
Now what, Claire? – part 2 (October 27, 2009
Robert Reich has a thing or two to say about the inadvisability of the McCaskill/Corker spending cap:
[Spending Caps: Putting Lipstick On A Pig]
Hi, I’m Robert Reich. Republicans figure that if they can’t sell the pig they’ll just put lipstick on it and find some suckers who will think it’s something else. That’s the proposal emerging in the Senate from Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee and also Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri. It would get the deficit down, not by raising taxes on the rich, but by capping federal spending. That cap would steadily drop over time as it squeezed spending more and more.And if Congress failed to stay under the cap the budget would be automatically cut.
According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities the McCaskill/Corker plan would require eight hundred billion dollars of cuts in twenty-twenty-two alone. That’s the equivalent of eliminating Medicare entirely, or the entire Department of Defense. Now, obviously, the Defense Department wouldn’t disappear, so what would go?
We’d have to have giant cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, education, and much of everything else American’s depend on.
It’s the republican plan with lipstick. It would have exactly the same result as the current Republican plan. But, by disguising it with caps and procedures Republicans can avoid saying what they’re intending to do, destroy Medicare and Medicaid, slash programs for poor and moderate income Americans, and not demand a penny from wealthy Americans.
The McCaskill/Corker spending cap would also make it impossible for government to boost the economy in recessions, which would lead to even higher unemployment, lasting longer.
Other Senate Democrats are showing interest in this lipsticked pig, including West Virginia’s Joe Machin. And not surprisingly, Joe Lieberman is on board.
But don’t be fooled and don’t let anyone else be. McCaskill/Corker is the same republican pig.
[Tell Congress: No Spending Caps That Slash Medicare]
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“…That’s the equivalent of eliminating Medicare entirely…” For republicans that’s a feature, not a bug. We just didn’t expect the same from Democrats we elected to help hold back the barbarian tide.
“…The McCaskill/Corker spending cap would also make it impossible for government to boost the economy in recessions, which would lead to even higher unemployment, lasting longer…” Yeah, we got that one covered, don’t we Claire? Just ask Paul Krugman.
You’d think that it would eventually sink in that Lucy always pulls the football away. Always.
Yeah, Claire, I bet you thought it was a great idea when your name first got top billing on the plan, eh?