To put things in perspective: this year alone the federal government spent $1.7 trillion more than it took in. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the John Boehner plan (really more of a recommendation), cuts $917 billion in spending growth over 10 years. That's barely more than the debt ceiling hike that's been proposed and far less than we overspent this one year alone.
In opposition to this exceptionally minor disruption of irresponsible and explosive government, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has this to say:
“What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget … We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.”
The United States government spends twice as much on its yearly budget today than it did when Bill Clinton's left office. Yet, (hardly) slowing the growth by a few billion a year alters the life of all things, living and dead, on the planet?
House Republicans are trying to impose “dictatorship” through their tactics in the debt-ceiling negotiations. She said the GOP rhetoric could “spark panic and chaos,” which she called “potentially devastating” to the economy.
Yep, GOP rhetoric. House Republicans, you see, are displaying authoritarian impulses because they won't acquiesce to the president’s wishes. Makes sense. These fascists have the audacity to advocate for their positions and constituents. What a bunch of Mussolinis!
But speaking of dictatorships, Rep. Jim Clyburn suggests that, since all the major civil rights victories of this country were achieved via executive orders, Barack Obama should just ignore the law and do the right thing. Nah, dictatorships never start with that kind of reasoning.
“He could do that [an executive order] with a stroke of a pen. We have seen many big things done in history that way,” Clyburn said on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” “I was joking to my staff the other day: ‘Tell me the bill number for the Emancipation Proclamation.’ It was an executive order. We integrated the armed services by executive order. We integrated the public schools by executive order. Sometimes executives must order that things get done.”
Emancipation Proclamation = more spending.
I hate to get all dramatic, but when I hear these types of comments from folks who believe government is morality, I am reminded of a line in one of my favorite books, Perfidy, by Ben Hecht: “In my own time, governments have taken the place of people. They have also taken the place of God. Governments speak for people, dream for them, and determine, absurdly, their lives and deaths.”