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With a government shutdown looming next Friday if no deal is reached, Republican and Democratic Senators are moving further and further apart, with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer arguing that tax increases and further cuts to defense should be on the table, along with ending some agriculture subsidies and putting mandatory spending on the table.
Thus far, the GOP budget bill has focused on cuts to discretionary spending. The Senate is expected later today to vote on the House-passed budget, but it doesn’t stand a chance of passing — nor does the Democratic alternative.
Republican leaders clearly want to avert a government shutdown, because they fear that they’ll lose the battle over public opinion, as most people not named Newt Gingrich believe they did back during the 1995/96 budget fights. The Hill reports that they’re planning a second stopgap spending measure to delay that possibility again, but they can’t keep doing that forever. We’re nearly six months into the 2011 fiscal year already.
Also, next month Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is set to unveil the GOP budget for 2012, which will include a 10-year blueprint. That’s likely to be an even bigger fight.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online