Saturday, April 13, 2013

I heart Greg Sargent

Greg Sargent is a very, very liberal Washington Post columnist who writes a very, very liberal column called "The Plum Line".

It's a liberal political playground, and I can say that because I'm a liberal.  (Even though I work in the nuclear power industry.)

Anyhow, Sargent's commentary on the two-faced bastardness of the initial Republican political attacks on President Obama's budget was so good it almost brought me to tears.  Because I'm a liberal I cry easily.

Here's what touched my bleeding heart:

Fiscal frauds

"Let’s step back a bit. Late last year, Boehner and Mitch McConnell explicitly called on Obama to agree to Chained CPI, with McConnell even claiming that Chained CPI and Medicare means testing “would get Republicans interested in new revenue.”

But now that Obama has included those things in his budget, Republicans are not only still unwilling to contemplate new revenue; the chair of the NRCC is signaling that Republicans will us it to attack Democrats for “coming back at seniors,” just as they did in 2012 and 2010. In other words, even as Republican Congressional leaders continue to claim we need to cut entitlements, the chair of the committee charged with electing Republicans to the House is simultaneously making it all the harder for this to actually get done by signaling that Dems will pay a heavy political price if they agree to actually do anything along those lines.

 Folks should acknowledge and call out how truly farcical and deeply unserious this really is."

 Sigh. What a lovely liberal he is!

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