There is not much to say.
Of course the republicans are shitheads, for trying to take the economy hostage in order to get more tax breaks for the rich, and shut down services for the poor. Someone’s gotta get tough on those poor folks!
What blows my mind is the attitude on some liberal hangouts, which is that we ought to be cheering for “dark brandon” – as though he’s some kind of badass and not some stammering old coot who needs to be surrounded by an army of handlers to keep him from walking into a wall, or falling down stairs. Over at Daily Kos, some are crowing about how the democrats stuck it to the republicans, by, uh, giving away things in a negotiation that didn’t have to happen in the first place.
The meme above is prompted by the observation that, inevitably, the DOD budget went up. Remember, the DOD doesn’t even know where and how it’s spending its money, it spends so much of it, but somehow it knows it always needs more. The whole premise of the “debt ceiling” dance is that something something has to do with making it harder to increase the national debt – the one thing congress has demonstrated bipartisan skills at doing. None of those lying assholes in Washington are willing to confront the fact that if you’re having problems with your spending, you need to look at the biggest items first, and not fuck around down in the weeds worrying about making a 5% change to .01% of your overall budget. They’re lying bastards because they all – even the more progressive stars – pretend that this is not the case. My view of the situation is remarkably similar to my view of the police: there are no “bad apples” because it’s all bad apples, since everyone who works there is either corrupt or cooperates and says nothing with someone that they know is corrupt.
So, for example, they expanded the work requirement for benefits. That’s not exactly the same as “cutting benefits” it’s more like “making benefits inaccessible” – it makes the bones of my skull squeal from the pressure when I think of that – it’s specifically aimed at people who labor off the books. Meanwhile, they cut back IRS staffing intended to examine corporate tax dodging. Isn’t that all rather obvious?
The pundit class is busy pontificating about “well, it’s a negotiation and that means you give a bit and get a bit…” what they really should be saying is “you screw some people, we screw some people.” If anyone was serious about spending they’d whack back the DOD, or more plausibly, “let’s do it this way: for every dollar you cut, we raise a dollar by increasing taxes.” The whole idea of a “debt ceiling” is absurd to begin with. It would make more sense to have a ceiling after which we stop funding the military and tell them to stand down and go home. Of course none of this is going to happen, and it’s probably for the best if your objective is to see the US empire continue to expand its reach and flourish.