Blue Dogs Barking

From Robert Reich:

Republicans figure that if they can’t sell the pig, they’ll just put lipstick on it and find some suckers who will think it’s something else.

That’s the proposal emerging in the Senate from Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee and also Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Original DVD cover

It would get the deficit down not by raising taxes on the rich but by capping federal spending.

If Congress failed to stay under the cap, the budget would be automatically cut.

According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the McCaskill/Corker plan would require $800 billion of cuts in 2022 alone. That’s the equivalent of eliminating Medicare entirely, or the entire Department of Defense.

Obviously the Defense Department wouldn’t disappear, so what would go? Giant cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, education, and much of everything else Americans depend on.

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The McCaskill/Corker spending cap would also make it impossible for government to boost the economy in recessions. Which would mean even higher unemployment, lasting longer.

Other Senate Dems are showing interest in the lipsticked pig, including West Virginia’s Joe Manchin. Not surpringly, Joe Lieberman is on board.

But don’t be fooled, and don’t let anyone else be. McCaskill/Corker is the same Republican pig.

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22 responses to “Blue Dogs Barking

  1. John Erickson

    DEMOCRATS are showing interest? In an obviously GOP plan? Dang, I gotta check the control circuits on my TARDIS. This is DEFINITELY not the Earth I thought I landed on some decades ago…… 😉

    • nothing really shocking. the blue dogs are just rethugs lite.

    • John Erickson

      Yeah, true, it just sounds weird in this hyperbolic age of rage to even HEAR the words “Democrat” and “Republican” in the same phrase, without words in the middle like “viciously attacked”. With all the BS in the press, I just figured we’d all misplaced our dictionary page with the word “bipartisanship”.

      • it’s only weird when it’s the other way around. rethugs are not prone to doing anything but holding their breath until they turn blue and get their own way.

  2. That’s one damn stupid plan.

  3. John Erickson

    Totally off topic, Nonnie, but knowing your great skill with Photoshop, I figure there’s gotta be at least one photo you can use. And it’s a neat collection of military dog photos all on its’ own. Enjoy!
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/war_dog?page=0,0&sms_ss=email&at_xt=4dc2fae630f43690,0
    Sorry for the messy link, I linked to it from another site.

  4. Pig with the yoda ears and the hat from Gilligan’s Island is a hoot. Corker’s face?

    • yes. i made him the bob nameplate, because i figured nobody would know who he is. originally, i was going to make joe lieberman the pig, but that wouldn’t have been kosher. 😉

  5. Off topic: Just saw this headline from the AP – “Source: Bin Laden directing al-Qaida figures” – Since they used directing instead of directed, more evidence for the proofers!

  6. Where was this dynamic duo when Bush was at the helm?

    All these financial concerns surfaced after the GOP racked up a trillion dollar debt over 8 years. Timing is everything, I suppose.

  7. Maybe they’ll eventually join the blue dogs from last election

    • you’d think they’d learn a lesson from the last election. if you stand for your principles, you might get elected, even if voters don’t agree with you on everything.

  8. Didn’t we go through this nonsense 20 years ago with that stupid Graham-Rudman “10% a year” crap. At the time, my estimate was about a dozen years of that and the government would magically disappear into some sort of Ron-Zen. Now here in modern times we need to go back to the basics of tax collection (for perspective, working people didn’t pay witholding tax untill the WW2 factory boom). Back in the days of President Teddy, an income tax was introduced that would affect the highest earners in society. That would be the 2,000 to 4,000 a year crowd. A typical federal tax bill would be in the $10 to 12 range and they screamed bloody murder! Now I’ve been consulting with Demo who has been hiting those geology books and we have come up with a term: AURIFEROUS which means “gold bearing” diggings and rocks where that stuff hides. A simple solution to budget deficit reduction is to find and locate the many auriferous republicans and put the squeeze on them. And just let them holler like a child that doesn’t get its way. Someone once asked Demo the Miner “Why do you tax rich republicans?” to which he replied “Because that’s where the money is”.

  9. Paul Krugman thinks this plan is almost as stupid as Ryan’s. Considering that Krugman thinks Ryan’s plan is both dishonest and brain dead, that’s saying something.

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