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Blue Dogs — might as well support the GOP budget

As mentioned in the previous posts, the Blue Dogs in Congress aren’t feeling the love from minority leader (don’t you love that title) Nancy Pelosi and the crew.  And that may have a beneficial effect for the GOP.

Blue dogs didn’t feel the love of voters last November either, with about half of them going down to defeat after they supported the health care law. Message sent, message received.  Sooo … they’re taking a look at the Republican budget and some are saying (surprise, surprise) it might be something they can support:

Blue Dog Democrats might support a plan from House Republicans to cut $32 billion in discretionary spending this year, a spokesman for the fiscally conservative bloc said Monday.

Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) said the Blue Dogs are waiting to see the details of the proposed GOP cuts before taking a position. The draft legislation from the House Appropriations Committee is due on Thursday.

Now, of course, the GOP doesn’t need a single Democrat in the House to pass the budget.  Just as the Democrats didn’t need a single Republican to pass health care.  But having a “bi-partisan” budget with significant enough Democratic support to call it that (and not snicker) would put more pressure on Democrats elsewhere. 

But the comments from Ross and other Blue Dogs suggest at least some of the coalition’s members are willing to defect from their party and vote for the plan despite the vocal opposition of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). 

Last week Pelosi rejected the GOP plan and said that $32 billion in proposed cuts “will come at the expense of economic growth and American jobs.”

“We must put our fiscal house in order, beginning with an aggressive attack on waste, fraud and abuse; but we must do so without jeopardizing targeted investments that are helping the private sector grow and hire new workers,” Pelosi said.

Got to love it  — “waste, fraud and abuse”, the fall back of those who don’t intend to cut a dime while still talking about cutting spending.  No one ever does anything about “waste, fraud and abuse” except talk about it.  No one.  And If Ms. Pelosi is so fired up about aggressively attacking it, why wasn’t that a priority when she was Speaker?

However the GOP doesn’t get off Scott free either – what happened to the $100 billion in cuts promised prior to the election?  Why $32 billion (one of the questions I plan on asking Paul Ryan if I get the chance)?

Anyway, back to the point at hand – minority leader Pelosi is simply reaping a bit of what she’s sown:

The Blue Dog openness to the GOP comes amid strained relations with Pelosi. On Monday, Blue Dog leader Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.), who challenged Pelosi for the job of Democratic leader in the 112th Congress, said the coalition has been shut out by the leader’s office.

So, no surprise – the Blue Dogs aren’t liberal enough for the leadership (yes that’s today’s theme).   In fact, they recently met with Bill Clinton to plot a bit of strategy:

The 26-member Blue Dog Coalition met Monday in New York with former President Clinton to discuss ways to move a centrist political agenda through a divided Congress. Clinton advised the group on ways to handle the situation and discussed budget, housing and energy policy, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) said.

“One of the reasons we invited President Clinton was he had to work with Republicans after the ’94 election,” Ross said.

Now you know if that coalition is plotting a “move to a centrist political agenda”, it along with just about everyone else have decided that the “main stream” Democrats are way to the left of them.   And they may find more leverage with the opposing party by being the designated “bi-partisan” validator with some “compromise” from the GOP to include some of their ideas.

And Nancy and the gang?  Out in the cold gobbling on about “waste, fraud and abuse”.  About the only real example of waste, fraud and abuse I’ve seen is the minority leader herself.  A waste of time, a fraud as a representative of the people and an abuse of power all rolled up into one liberal politician.  Can we do away with her?   It will certainly save taxpayers money.

~McQ

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12 Responses to Blue Dogs — might as well support the GOP budget

  • “We must put our fiscal house in order, beginning with an aggressive attack on waste, fraud and abuse; but we must do so without jeopardizing targeted investments that are helping the private sector grow and hire new workers,” Pelosi said.

    That started on Election Day, no thanks to Nancy, with the disassembly of “Air Nancy”

  • Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) said the Blue Dogs are waiting to see the details of the proposed GOP cuts which of the two sides will make him the best deal in return for his support before taking a position
    There. Fixed it.

    Last week Pelosi rejected the GOP plan and said that $32 billion in proposed cuts “will come at the expense of economic growth and American jobs.”

    $32 billion???  That’s not a cut: that’s rounding error!  SanFran Nan spent more than that on the wet bar for her personal Air Force jet.  And here I thought that the new majority was serious about cutting spending.  Silly me…

    McQGot to love it  — “waste, fraud and abuse”, the fall back of those who don’t intend to cut a dime while still talking about cutting spending.  No one ever does anything about “waste, fraud and abuse” except talk about it.  No one.  And If Ms. Pelosi is so fired up about aggressively attacking it, why wasn’t that a priority when she was Speaker?

    Oh, I’m sure that she’d be happy to tell you all about her successes in fighting waste, fraud and abuse.  Just like she’ll tell you all about her successes with PAYGO, creating jobs, draining the “ethical swamp” in the House, and otherwise setting out country on the road to recovery after the horrible years of Bush running everything (that would be 2000 – last month, by the way).  The woman is either delusional or else the most shameless liar the country has ever seen (and I include Slick Willie in that).

    McQThe Blue Dog openness to the GOP comes amid strained relations with Pelosi. On Monday, Blue Dog leader Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.), who challenged Pelosi for the job of Democratic leader in the 112th Congress, said the coalition has been shut out by the leader’s office.

    Awwww!  Are the poor widdle bwue dogs not feewing woved today? 

    F*ck ‘em.  They, above everybody else, should have known what SanFran Nan, Dingy Harry and The Dear Golfer were all about, yet they went along anyway.  Now they are paying the price.  I, for one, cackle with glee over it.  Not only is it a case of people getting their just desserts, but it also knocks a big hole in the already-crumbling facade of the democrats being a party “of the people”, a party of tolerance, a party that respects dissent, and a party that welcomes all ideas and robust debate.  Al Capone was more open-minded than the current dem leadership, and we’re getting unmistakable evidence of that.

    • Heh – I bet they Muslim Brotherhood looks to her for examples of dealing with non-believers.

  • “targeted investments”
    I could almost buy that.

  • waste, fraud and abuse

    Translation: We need more hearings, more blue ribbon panels, more commissions, more staff, more agencies and a couple of thousand more Federal employees.  Always results in more spending not less.

  • I well remember Al Gore’s big “waste, fraud, and abuse” PR stunt back in the Clinton years.  Lots of noise.  No pop.
    Come to think of it, that term really does apply to Gore and his “science”.

  • How much are we saving by not having that horrid old witch not fly her and her family of moochers on the party jet….I mean the military jet- every day?

    PS-  You all know what’s coming soon.  GOP “draconian” cuts,  GOP wants to kill all seniors, GOP wants to kill kids, etc etc.  Don’t cut (whatever the GOP wants to cut) take it from the “fat cats”

    Etc.

    • I am all for gelding draconians.  It makes them more tender.
      As to that other stuff…SCREW them…!!!  We cannot allow the Republic to edge closer to the brink.

      • Yeah, the ‘end of life’ consultants and rationing from AbominalCare, that won’t kill any seniors.

  •  “beginning with an aggressive attack on waste, fraud and abuse”

    After hearing/reading this for a half century I am thoroughly sick of this particular cliche, although at least it is bipartisan bs.

  • A “conventional” democrat will reflexively vote for any piece of Marxist claptrap that is placed in front of him. A Blue Dog democrat is motivated by a higher purpose and won’t vote for such drivel without thought, reflection, and a much bigger bribe.