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NYT screams for adults while acting like a child

Reading the first paragraph in an NYT editorial gave me a rather cynical chuckle this morning

Are there any adults in charge of the House? Watching this week’s frenzied slash-and-burn budget contest, we had to conclude the answer to that is no.

Really – is that the answer?  Or is the answer there haven’t been any adults in charge for years – decades even – as evidenced by the horrendous fiscal mess we’re in today.

The NYT’s answer?  Apparently the status quo is alright with the Grey Lady.  Check this out:

First Speaker John Boehner’s Republican leadership proposed cutting the rest of the 2011 budget by $32 billion. But that wasn’t enough for his fanatical freshmen, who demanded that it be cut by $61 billion, destroying vital government programs with gleeful abandon.

Here we go … speaking of acting like adults, it would be nice if the NYT would try it.  As Rand Paul pointed out, $32 billion is about 5 days of government spending.  $61 then would be about 10.  And the $81 billion they’re now talking about – tack on 4 more days. The NYT wants you to seriously believe that eliminating that pittance would destroy “vital government programs”?   We’re talking a multi-trillion dollar budget here guys.  Until we’re talking trillions in cuts, we’re not talking about serious cuts.

In fact, what the NYT is worried about is cuts to some programs it considers to be vital but apparently others don’t. 

If the Republicans got their way, it would wreak havoc on Americans’ lives and national security. This blood sport also has nothing to do with the programs that are driving up the long-term deficit: Medicare, Medicaid and, to a lesser extent, Social Security.

Well here’s the bad news for the NYT – to get the budget back on a sustainable track, it is going to require a little “havoc” within the budget and certainly a dramatic lessening of spending.

Obviously I agree that the programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security have to be addressed.  But that doesn’t exempt the other areas where spending may be less in terms of those programs but just as wasteful, unnecessary or unneeded.  You aren’t going to address the problems of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in a Continuing Resolution – that’s a ‘red herring’.  The fact that the big 3 haven’t been addressed yet doesn’t mean they won’t be nor does it mean discretionary spending shouldn’t be.

So, if the mean old Republicans end up cutting $81 billion out of the 7 month Continuing Resolution to fund government (since the Democratic Congress didn’t do its primary job and pass a budget) what will that mean?

Several credible economists have said that an $81 billion cut could result in up to 800,000 layoffs throughout the American economy.

The House freshmen seemed even less concerned about the effect of their budget slashing. “A lot of us freshmen don’t have a whole lot of knowledge about how Washington, D.C., is operated,” Representative Kristi Noem, a Republican of South Dakota, told the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. “And, frankly, we don’t really care.”

Frankly, he shouldn’t.  My guess is government will trundle along without a hiccup if the worst case (and you know that’s what is going to be presented here) scenario of 800,000 layoffs materializes.   It won’t, of course.   We all know how this works – if in fact the cuts were to cause layoffs, most would come through attrition and early retirement packages vs. being “let go”. 

No, this is the usual “if they do that, the baby ducks will die” rhetoric in which any cut is countered with the worst imaginable scenario whether feasible or not.  Government’s job is not providing employment.  It is doing the people’s business and protecting the nation.  And it should do that in as lean a posture as possible.  That’s what an adult would say.

Of course Obama has bowed up and claimed he will veto any such “job killing” measure.  If I were the GOP I’d be saying “go ahead, make my day”, because it then becomes a matter of explaining that the GOP attempted to cut spending and the size of government, but Big Government Obama, who depends on the votes of public service unions to win reelection, opted for them over the will of the people.

~McQ

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30 Responses to NYT screams for adults while acting like a child

  • But that wasn’t enough for his fanatical freshmen, who demanded that it be cut by $61 billion, destroying vital government programs with gleeful abandon.

    Wow.  Lurid crapola much!?!?
    So, when you have people…WITH A MANDATE…who come to town to impose some fiscal responsibility, THEY are the children????
    Which, of course, implies that the wise gray heads like Chawly Rangel are the adults.
    Several credible economists have said that an $81 billion cut could result in up to 800,000 layoffs throughout the American economy.
    Damn, Erp could have written that BS.  Who the freak are these SEVERAL “credible” (by that, they may mean other than Krugman) economists???
    And ain’t it AMAZING that the 800,000 number is EXACTLY the same as the CBO says is the number of…NOT layoffs…but LOST JOBS from ObamaCare…and the NYT NEVER got exorcised over that…????

    • Damn .. it reminds me of a 1970’s ad by Philadelphia Electric starring the late Leslie Nelson.  PECO was in the process of building the last two nuclear plants (yeah in the 70s’) outside Philadelphia but was getting the usual environmental obstruction.
      Anyway, there was a throw-away line by Nelson said with a growling grumble that is still stuck in my mind …

      … but these environmentals …

      … the Times sounds just the same …

      … but these Freshmen …

    • “we won” is no longer an acceptable attitude to take, go figure.
       
      This is the usual garbage you get from media anyway.  The Times claims that the current “bloodbath” doesn’t even address the issue of the major entitlement programs.  But you can be sure that the moment that congress mentions that it must address Medicare, Medicaid, and SS the Times will respond with scathing criticism.  And their reaction to the statement by Noem is also comical– when Obama was heading to the White House as an outsider who wasn’t interested in business-as-usual politics, it was the dawn of a new era of wonderfully wonderful wonderfulness.  But when it’s a GOP freshman class that admits that it’s not in tune with the old and broken way of doing things, well that’s a sign that they want to metaphorically kick puppies.
       
      And re: $81 billion in cuts might cost ‘up to 800,000 jobs’… that sounds a lot like ‘the $878 billion stimulus saved or created millions of jobs.’  But yeah, it’s the GOP that is guilty of ‘scare mongering.’  Okie-dokie!

  • This blood sport also has nothing to do with the programs that are driving up the long-term deficit: Medicare, Medicaid and, to a lesser extent, Social Security

    >>>>  Remember this one when the NYT starts yowling like a threatened screech owl when the GOP actually does tackle entitlement reform  (and it sounds as if they will)

    I’d like to say I predicted this spin early on and act like I had some keen insight, but it’s no real feat to predict that a baby will cry when you take it’s lolly away.

  • There isn’t a dollar spent anywhere…on anything…that I would not favor reviewing…
    with a HEAVY prejudice to cutting.

  • “…destroying vital government programs with gleeful abandon.”

    Never a complaint about the destruction of enterprise, much less the vital program known as self-reliance. But, then again, self-reliance and its twin self-respect could never have achieved something as vital to society as 70% of black children being born outside marriage. The Times hardly has time for the bleak thoughts owed to what it has supported for so many decades.

    • ” 70% of black children being born”
       
      Those that make it far…..sorry, what was I thinking, it’s a choice, not a child.

  • You want to see a bunch of chickenshit ANTI-DEMOCRATIC children???
    Look at the Deemocrat Senate caucus in Wisconsin, who fled the state to prevent a NEEDED vote on making a few changes in public-sector union payola.
    Anyone take my bet on where the NYT falls on THOSE heros???

  • Didn’t something similar happen here in Texas in the last few years?  Didn’t some group flee to Oklahoma or something rather than have to vote?
     
    Oh, – sorry, yes, a COUPLE of times in the last 10 years
    Redistricting

    • Doh – Redistricting in 2003 only once – my apologies to the Texas Dems.  The second reference on line was someone’s idea for what the Republicans in the US HOUSE SHOULD have done in 2010.

    • Yeah, the Collectivist’s “killer bees”.  They just HATE democracy.
      The Collectivist Gov. of Oklahoma protected them from the Texas State Troopers sent to bring them back to face what the law required of them.
      Just another example of their outlaw ideology.

    • I remember it well.  An effort to redistrict led by now convicted felon Tom DeLay (R-Sugarland).
       
      Reminds me of line from Minority Report
       
      Careful, Chief. Dig up the past, all you get is dirty.

       
      Cheers.

      • Sugarland – my fav “country” group.

        • Just FYI, it is Sugar Land.  DeLay is on appeal.
          As noted, the Collective HATES democracy, and the rule of law.

          • When you’re right, you’re right.
            My wife always wants to correct me when I say “Sugarland” rather than “Sugar Land.”  My defense is that there is no sugar cane grown here anymore, and the Imperial Sugar mill is being destroyed to make for new development.  A weak defense, I know.  But I told her that I will say the name with the separation whenever she separates “Y’all.”
             
            She has yet to do so, so neither will I.
             
            But no matter how you say it… “Sugarland”… “Sugar Land.”  Around here, “DeLay” is still pronounced [dis-greys].

          • Say it however ya’ll want, they’re great.

          • Where is “around here”?  Because we around here are not inclined to smear the man.

          • Yeah, well… I’m pretty tied in around Fort Bend County politics… everyone who is anyone has nothing but bad things to say about the man.
             
            But you know, I think Jon Henke said it best…

            McQ writes that the “Kossaks and DUers will most certainly be celebrating“, but they won’t be alone. I’m celebrating this one, too. It’s always worth celebrating when another bad politician slides back down the greasy pole.

            Between the corruption, the money-centric approach to politics, the K Street project and his role in getting out the GOP vote for the big government bills of the past few years, DeLay personified the problems with the Republican Party. Resigning from office will be the most worthwhile accomplishment of DeLay’s career. Good riddance.

             
            Good riddance indeed.

          • Ah, so in Fort Bend County, all the “in crowd”…the people who are somebody…ARE inclined to smear the man.
            Gotcha.  Now I need to take a shower.

  • White House press secretary Jay Carney says the Recovery Act added several million jobs and lowered the unemployment rate. According to Carney, the “goals” of the stimulus package “have been met.”

    By the way, if you’re still unemployed, the White house sends their regrets but they have already “shot their wad” and have no further advise for you except … “keep trying”

    A reporter asked Carney why unemployment is at 9% and not 7%, the percentage projected if the stimulus worked. Carney dismissed the question. “We’ve said repeatedly that we don’t want to relitigate the battles of the past,” Carney told the reporter.

    • “We’ve said repeatedly that we don’t want to relitigate the battles of the past,”

      Oh, hell, they haven’t BEGUN to litigate…!!!  What he meant was, “We hate it when someone squares us with reality, and we repeatedly have told you the lies you should accept”.

      • You’ve got to love that last line. A complete “non sequitur.” I suggest it for any “birther” questions to Republicans.

    • You always say things like that when you’re dead wrong.

  • Let’s take the NYT at their word (hah!):

    OK, smart guys.  Just what SHOULD we do to address our huge debt / deficit?

    I’m guessing that their answer – said with a completely straight face – is more taxes on “the rich”, cut “waste, fraud and inefficiency”, cut the military, and best of all:

    MORE FEDERAL “STIMULUS” SPENDING ON INFRASTRUCTURE.

    Bah.

    This blood sport also has nothing to do with the programs that are driving up the long-term deficit: Medicare, Medicaid and, to a lesser extent, Social Security.

    OMG, I can’t believe that they wrote this with a straight face (as it were).  Can you imagine the screeching out of the NYT if the GOP started talking seriously about cutting or even eliminating these entitlements???  This is dishonesty on a truly breathtaking level.

    A reporter asked Carney why unemployment is at 9% and not 7%, the percentage projected if the stimulus worked. Carney dismissed the question. “We’ve said repeatedly that we don’t want to relitigate the battles of the past,” Carney told the reporter.

    Yeah, I’ll just bet that they don’t want to talk about it.  It’s mind-boggling to me that the regime continues to claim that Porkulus worked.  Jeebus, are they that stupid, or do they think that the rest of us are???

  • Anyone have access to dig into the NYT editorial on the several occasions the Repubs tried to rein in the BIG THREE?
    Rebecca Thiess, credible economist? Like Michael Mann is a credible climatologist.
    Those folks at the “Financially Troubled New York Times” need a rubber room.

  • Nice how they pulled the 800,000 figure out of their ass.  IF 81 billion in government spending had that kind of multiplier effect then the stimulus bill would have created over eighty million jobs. The problem is that they have been lying to easily duped New Yorkers for so long they think that the rest of us are also stupid.

    • Yes, New Yorkers are supposed to be so hip, and savy – yet the Time’s is still in business.