The Democrats are currently trying to hit ‘ctrl-z’ on their national keyboards. That’s the computer shortcut for ‘Undo,’ going back a step in whatever work you were doing on the screen.
Early in 2013, both the Democrats and Republicans agreed to a series of sequester cuts. The sequester cuts were essentially instant budget caps, put into place across a wide range of government services.
Those weren’t temporary. They’re still in effect, and despite Democrats’ warnings of the apocalypse hitting because of the slashes, the country is not only chugging along just fine, the jobs numbers are actually better than prior to the cuts.
Yet the Democrats are trying to hit the ‘Undo’ shortcut, trying to increase spending to a level above the capped spending limit that was set by the earlier sequester cuts.
That was part of the rhetoric from the left as the government shutdown dragged on. And Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul responded by saying that increasing spending and expanding government is a dead end.
Writes Ashley Killoush of CNN:
“The Kentucky Republican said if Democrats end up insisting on increasing spending limits as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, then it will be considered a ‘nonstarter’ by Senate Republicans.
In an interview on CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ Paul said ‘the one thing’ he cannot accept – as Congress negotiates a deal to halt current stalemates over the budget and national debt – is to exceed the spending caps put into place by a series of forced budget cuts, known in Washington as the sequester.”
It’s the decades-old tug-of-war, once again rearing its ugly head. The Democrats don’t seem to care about spending the nation into ever-more-historic debt, and a handful of Republicans like Paul are trying to pull back the reins to keep the country’s economic horse from galloping wide-eyed off a cliff.
Not to mention the hypocrisy. Liberals have defended the new health care act as letter of the law, something that Republicans should just get over and can’t be changed now.
“’It’s funny, (Democrats are) all about Obamacare being the law of the land, but so is the sequester,’ [Paul] told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.”
Good to know that the beliefs of an entire party can be so easily forgotten about, just to fit whatever argument is currently going on.
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