The negotiations between Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver Paul Ryan (R-WI) are taking an ominous turn:
There is broad agreement that a portion of the sequester should be replaced with targeted cuts to discretionary spending. But Democrats demand revenues in the mix and Republicans categorically reject new taxes. So to thread that needle, sources familiar with the negotiations say, Murray and Ryan are weighing revenues in the form of asset sales and government fees, rather than Democrats’ preference for raising revenue by scaling back tax loopholes.
Aside from the fact that the US is not broke and does not need to sell off assets, and aside from the fact that a long-time stated goal of the GOP is to sell off federal lands (including national parks) to the extraction industries, I cannot think of a worse idea. Sure, selling a battleship or a squadron of bombers is likely to go unnoticed at first but in general selling off assets is the strategy you take right before you end up sleeping in your car.