The Return of the Dumbest Idea In Politics

Republicans return to their districts.

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) starts their morningemail thingie with a scoop!

“SCOOP — HOUSE REPUBLICANS will take up a balanced-budget amendment when they return from recess, several sources tell us. This follows on the heels of their $1.3-trillion budget bill and their massive tax bill.”

The GOP tax bill that sent the deficit TO THE MOON? That tax bill?

“WHY DO THIS NOW? Here’s what we think: It’s almost election season, and it would be helpful if GOP lawmakers could go home and be able to say they voted to support balancing the federal budget, even though they voted boosted discretionary spending by a ton, and have not touched entitlement spending, which, they have said for years, is the driver of U.S. budget deficits.”

In other words, the swamp. They will try running as outsiders.

But here’s the stupid thing: when the economy goes down (and it will), being able to deficit spend is one of the few tools we have to stimulate growth.

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8 Responses to The Return of the Dumbest Idea In Politics

  1. A.J. says:

    When the economy goes back to shit (and it will), being able to deficit spend is one of the few tools we have to stimulate growth. Just ask Reagan. And the Heritage Foundation.

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    • These are people who look at Kansas and go “You know, the only reason it didn’t work is because they didn’t cut things more.”

      They luurve to use the ‘family budget around the kitchen table’ metaphor to describe how the federal budget should be done.

      The GOP ‘CUTCUTCuT and SPENDSPENDSPEND’ then blaming ‘entitlements’ is like this hypothetical family having the following discussion around the dinner table.

      Dad: “Well, kids, your mom and I have some bad news. We’re going to have to tighten our belts a bit for a while, the economy isn’t doing so well.

      “So to help things, I’ve cut my hours to half time and your mom is going to quit her job as a well paid executive to take on two minimum-wage jobs working in Wal-mart and drive the old beater Corolla for Uber and Lyft.

      “We’re going to have to re-arrange our spending priorities.

      “Now my man-cave project is vital to the ongoing functioning of this family, so I’m increasing the spend on that, going for a 75″ tv instead of the 55” and I”m getting the full NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB package added to the cable, so you all are going to have to cut back on those things you think you’re entitled to, like food, and clothing.

      “In addition this is going to force us to push back that roofing repair, so make sure you keep the buckets handy for when it rains. Julie, you’ll just have to live with that leaky toilet in your bathroom, I don’t care ‘how bad it smells, Dad!'”

      “Now this also means that the minivan is going to stay on blocks, because the money for the transmission is going ton adding a new turbo to my ‘Vette project car. Just hope the Corolla never dies or there goes your Mom’s Uber and Lyft income! If that happens I’ll need to upgrade to the 95″ TV and you kids will have to shift for yourselves on the street…”

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  2. Bruce388 says:

    No, it’s OK because Donnie promised to get rid of the national debt in eight years. The plan is to tax pornstars.

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  3. roket says:

    Sadly, possum holler will eat this broken record up and call it larapin.

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  4. w3ski4me says:

    Is the rest of America dumb enough to follow and believe this load of Bull shit? Oh wait, “I know the answer to that”!
    I heard them actually say it at least once now, “deficit spending is Only a problem when Democrats are in charge”.
    If only they had been able to cough up the dough like this when we had a Recession and sorely needed some spending, but NOOooooo a Democrat was in charge then.
    Bpfffffttt.
    w3ski

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  5. w3ski4me says:

    Some of us ‘poors’ grow our own, and a way better quality than ‘they’ can buy.
    Just a sayin
    w3ski

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  6. Pyed Typer says:

    It can’t just be the drugs. When Conservative mothers sing ‘Rock-a-bye Baby’ to their offspring, they must overemphasize the part about ‘when the bough breaks.’

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