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The deeply dishonest Republican Budget

I’m  currently making my way to a trauma conference. I have internet access – sort of. Currently, I’m “enjoying” in-flight internet access which is kind of like getting access to the internet and kinda not. What makes the internet great is access to content – videos, original documents and the like. With this in-flight thing, I really can’t download big files and uploading smaller files to Dropbox has proven problematic. So, I’m not going to be able to get the work done that I had planned on doing. This means that I can (should be able to), I hope, post to my blog. 

The House and Senate Republican budget plans are so deeply dishonest that they are laughable. Sure, Democrats have pushed “pie in the sky” budgets but anyone could look at the budget and understand the nuts and bolts of the budget. The GOP has decided that we need more mystery in our lives. So, this budget, like several before, doesn’t spell out where a lot of the budget cuts are coming from. One of the most laughable items in the budget has to do with repealing ObamaCare. It seems that Republicans not only want to kill ObamaCare, but they want to cut Medicare on top of that. All of the revenue generators that were added to ObamaCare in order to control costs would be cut, of course.

More from CBPP:

  • Balance the budget in ten years through massive cuts in domestic programs, with no revenue contribution;
  • Hit programs for low- and moderate-income Americans exceptionally hard, with about two-thirds of its budget cuts likely coming from programs for the less fortunate, thereby exacerbating poverty and inequality;
  • Repeal health reform and cut Medicaid deeply on top of that, likely causing tens of millions of people to become uninsured or underinsured;
  • Essentially balance the budget only on paper, with the help of two huge “magic asterisks” that are as large as Chairman Price’s — about $1.2 trillion in entitlement cuts over ten years that are left essentially unspecified, and about $1 trillion from the repeal of health reform’s revenue-raising measures without any identified replacement (as explained below);
  • Cut funding below the already-damaging sequestration levels in the years after 2016 for non-defense discretionary programs — the part of the budget that funds education, job training, early intervention programs for children, basic scientific and medical research, and transportation, all of which are important to increasing opportunity, raising productivity, and boosting long-term economic growth;
  • Shrink federal spending to stunningly low levels, measured as a share of gross domestic product (GDP), that are unprecedented in modern America and far below the levels in recent decades, including the Reagan years; and
  • Eliminate a 2007 Senate rule that creates a point of order against budget reconciliation bills that increase deficits over the coming ten years, such as the 2001 and 2003 reconciliation bills that included huge tax cuts without any measures to offset the costs.

Come on. I’m happy to debate conservatives on supply-side economics. This is not debateable. This is a half-budget or maybe not even that much. Oh, this kind of craziness is new. This isn’t a “they all do it” kind of thing. If you take our democracy seriously then this can’t be tolerated. (Dear GOP, please complete this budget. Insert the magic numbers and tell us what you are planning on doing. If you can’t do that, can you simply admit that you hate the poor and most of the middle class and be done with it?)

By |2015-03-22T22:49:35-04:00March 22nd, 2015|Budget, Congress|Comments Off on The deeply dishonest Republican Budget

The Errington Thompson Show 4-26-08

Sorry I’m so late posting and it is out of order. 🙁  This is a great Show. I cover this week’s news– the good and the bad. Paul Waldman of Media Matters joins me and we discuss his new book, “Free Ride: John McCain and the Media.”

By |2012-05-08T11:10:08-04:00May 7th, 2008|Podcasts|Comments Off on The Errington Thompson Show 4-26-08

DA Nifong – disbarred

I’m not a lawyer. I don’t pretend to be one on TV but this Duke Rape case always smelled funky. There was always something not quite right. If Nifong was so wrong with how he handled the case why didn’t the State Attorney General step in. Why didn’t someone of authority step in and say, “Stop. Let’s think about this before we have another press release or news conference.”

In trauma, my job is to take chaos and force some order. In our system of checks and balances someone should have been able to restore some order before everything went so wrong for so many people.

Update: Another interesting perspective here.

Update II:  I had forgotten that the boys were suspended, if I’m not mistakened, from Duke.  The coach resigned.  CNN announced that Duke’s Board of Trustees and the 3 men that were suspended have reached a settlement.  The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.    Man, what a mess. 


From CNN.com:

The prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse team rape case was disbarred Saturday for unethical conduct, and the chairman of the disciplinary committee blamed “political ambition” for his downfall.

Earlier Saturday, the panel of the North Carolina State Bar concluded that Durham County, North Carolina, District Attorney Mike Nifong violated more than a dozen ethics rules in prosecuting the case against the now-exonerated players. (more…)

By |2013-11-03T18:25:15-04:00June 17th, 2007|Legal|Comments Off on DA Nifong – disbarred
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