It’s best to wait until the smoke clears on an event such as the budget agreement reached last night to see what really happened.
Lots of conservatives blindly wanted the 60 billion or bust. Liberal media (pardon the repetition) will always claim that Obama came out on top. It’s always an Obama win, so best to ignore them.
However, looking at the remains today, it appears that a lot of big dead wood just got chopped. Not as much as we’d like, but a good start.
For instance, the chopping not only cut down money for programs, it axed programs. Stimulus programs that were dangling are now gone. Other programs that were to continue will not. Remember that President Obama’s 2011 budget had called for an increase in spending of $40 billion. Instead, that won’t happen, but $38.5 billion in cuts will. You can look at that as $78.5 billion whacked.
True Obamacare money is still hanging in, but Speaker Boehner was able to isolate Obamacare and Planned Parenthood to be voted on independently. Harry Reid did not want to put these to a vote in the Senate; now he’ll have to. It puts a laser like focus on these two issues that will hit Senate Democrats who are up for reelection hard.
How did Boehner manage this? Looks like his calling for a vote to keep the troops getting paid, which the administration wasn’t for), vs. paying Planned Parenthood (which they favor because it feeds them campaign contributions) boxed Obama in.
Boehner even managed to reauthorize the scholarship/voucher programs in D.C. schools that Obama had so quickly and easily slashed. That means the disadvantaged kids there now have a chance and going to the better schools Sasha and Malia enjoy.
The Left is not very pleased, if you look at some of their blogs. The Daily Kos said, “These budget negotiations were a giant win for the Republican Party. President Obama initially cut $40 billion from his own budget proposal and he got absolutely no credit for that. The Republicans claimed in February that they wanted $32 billion in cuts from that point on. About a week ago, the President came out and announced that they had given the Republicans another $33 billion in cuts – a billion more than they originally asked for and still the Republicans wanted more. Why not? They’re dealing with the world’s worst negotiator.”
Ezra Klein at the Washington Post also felt the Democrats got the short end of the stick.
Meanwhile, the Tea Party appears to be cutting Boehner some slack. They know that the big battles such as raising the debt ceiling, passing the budget, plus the Obamacare and Planned Parenthood votes, lie ahead.
Some will be disappointed that there wasn’t a shutdown. Dick Morris, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh and others may feel this was a wrong turn. Others like Karl Rove and Larry Kudlow credit Boehner with a win. So do I.