I've read through the budget deal twice and truly can't find anything terrible. Yes, it does drag out the SSDI application process, but that's in response to reports that the system is being gamed by dishonest reviewers.
It doesn't cut any benefits and it doesn't contain any weird riders defunding Planned Parenthood or repealing Obamacare. That should go without saying, but in this bizarre day and age where such things are required to pass normal legislation, it's actually a win for the good guys.
Most importantly, it takes the debt ceiling off the table through March, 2017. That's a win for all of us when it comes to the economy. It also lifts sequester caps.
And yet. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), is incensed. Just furious, over this "monstrosity of a budget deal." So incensed, in fact, that he's demanding Paul Ryan refuse to support it.
Anyone who supports this legislation is complicit in supporting “the way things are” in Washington. We are at an important crossroads in the House of Representatives. We have an opportunity to bring about real reform and fundamentally change the broken system in place on Capitol Hill. Therefore I call on all candidates running for Speaker of the House to oppose this legislation and go on record showing they do not support this approach to governing. Now is the time to demonstrate real leadership by committing to ending the culture of governing by crises and to no longer allow the few to make the decisions for the many. The American people demand better from their elected officials.
I love the claim that a "few" are making the decisions for the many. As if a majority of elected Representatives is somehow a few when we all know it's the handful of complete lunatics in the Congress who have held the rest of the country hostage to their whims and demands.
Meadows is most angry that the debt ceiling is a clean increase and that John Boehner, as his final act as speaker, has done the responsible thing by rescuing a Freedom Caucus hostage. Worse yet, in Meadows' eyes, Boehner has committed the terrible sin of working with Mitch McConnell, President Obama and Harry Reid.
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For weeks, behind closed doors the outgoing Speaker of the House has partnered with Democrats and Senate Leadership to craft a monstrosity of a budget deal that includes a clean $1.5 trillion debt ceiling increase, more nondefense spending, and a host of policy provisions that no one except President Obama, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have had a chance to offer input into.
That's terrible! It's awful! It's crazy! Bipartisanship like that. How could they?
And that, my friends, is your daily wingnut, panties in a tight, taut bunch.