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The Budget: What Would Bartlet Do?

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As President Obama presses Congress to avoid a government shutdown, and the Tea Party beholden Republican controlled House seems unwilling to compromise, we can’t help but wonder what the future will hold.  Democrats have already conceded the $33Billion in cuts that had originally been sought by Speaker Boehner, but they’re being told now that even double this number is too low.

How much in cuts do House Republicans want?  Nobody actually knows.  In a response today to President Obama’s speech urging compromise and action, Speaker Boehner denied any agreement had been reached on $33Billion in cuts and that his party was seeking “the largest spending cuts possible”.

Was the president’s speech Tuesday a sign that Democrats are finally ready to draw a line in the sand?  No more short-term spending two week stop gaps, no more bullying from the Tea Party?  We don’t know what will happen in the coming days, but we do know how President Josiah Bartlet would handle things.

Of course we realize Jed Bartlet is a fictional character, but if Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House Republicans can put together a budget proposal straight out of Fairytale Land, we should be able to bring in Toby, Josh, Donna, CJ, Sam, Leo and the gang to lend a hand on our side.  Do we want a government shutdown?  NO… but we can’t keep giving up ground just to have the right-wing demand more.  It’s hard to compromise when the other side’s plan is to tear apart the very social safety net that makes America America.

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