With voter anger about the federal deficit intensifying in this election year, Democrats in Congress are edging away from one of their long-held articles of faith — government spending on social programs such as education and relief for the jobless.
The painful tradeoff comes to center stage this week, when the Senate tries again to pass an extension of unemployment benefits — this time a $54-billion measure that marks an abrupt retreat from a $200-billion bill that Democratic leaders had proposed before the Memorial Day recess.
The stripped-down bill is just one sign of how budget anxieties are beginning to impinge on Democrats’ legislative ambitions and traditional commitments.
“Budget anxieties”? Euphemism much?
Harsh economic reality would better describe the motivating factor behind the Democrats voluntary reduction of their insanity.
“There is a very changed climate,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D- San Francisco) recently told reporters, referring to anti-deficit pressures she faces within her own party.
Though polls for years have shown high levels of public concern about the deficit, rarely has it outstripped most other issues. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll in mid-May found a notable increase in recent months in those who believe cutting the deficit and spending should be the government’s highest priority.
Funny how an energized electorate can make legislators finally consider doing their jobs kinda/sorta responsibly.
Tea Party, anyone?
It is absolutely delicious to watch the Botox Hag and her ilk squirm in the face of the real Tea Party message about spending and deficits. New Media has weakened broadcast TV’s ability to perpetuate lies that are convenient to the Democratic party’s illogical legislative lunacy.
Math. Economics. Logic. Those are all probably still going to be countered with the Race Card but, for the moment, it would seem that Democrats have the words of the Lightbringer echoing in their heads:
“That’s what elections are for.”