Dec
17
2013

Michael Gerson: our political class is exhausted. Me: they should go take a nap, then.

I don’t precisely disagree with Michael Gerson, here:

The budget agreement was passed by the House precisely because it was small — small in its discretionary spending increases, in its entitlement adjustments and in controversial ideological content. It was not a precedent for grand compromises on immigration or tax reform. We are seeing a truce in the budget wars, not the emergence of a centrist governing coalition.


…I just don’t share his mild despair at the sight of a “political class exhausted by minimal exertions.” I’m pleased that they’re not doing anything, largely because when our political class does things they’re usually either the wrong things, or the right things done poorly*. Sure, I’d like them to start doing the right thing, properly – but I’ll settle for them not doing anything at all.

Because I could use a breather, myself. We all could.

Moe Lane

*What about wrong things done poorly? Well, I’m sure that you don’t want to read yet another post on Obamacare.

9 Comments

  • acat says:

    I’m having trouble not seeing this as a sign of weakness in the gutless D.C. wing .. as an opportunity to hit them.
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    Rand Paul’s apparent willingness to go along with the stage-management of this budget abomination is not sitting well with me.
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    Mew

    • Luke says:

      What he said.
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      Over the 5 years of Obama, the Republicans had a single, solitary win. The sequester. Which was merely a minor decrease in the rate that the federal government increases.
      And even that was too tough a line for the worthless pantywaists to hold. They just gave it away, without even getting anything in return, or even contesting the ground.
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      Screw it. I’m ready for a third party.

      • acat says:

        I’m starting to think there’s something to my gay communist associates’ insistence that there’s only one party ..
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        Mew

  • Aruges says:

    So changing Senate procedure to allow only 50 votes for tax increases is a small thing? Senate R leadership won’t fight for anything anymore, even their own self interest.

    • Robert Mitchell Jr. says:

      ? Perhaps they are fighting for their self interest. Certainly the idea that control of the Senate may switch is becoming more and more likely, and 50 votes for tax increases is 50 votes for tax cuts……

      • qixlqatl says:

        Tax cuts without budget cuts won’t help much, and you can forget budget cuts.

        • acat says:

          We had tax cuts under Bush 2.0.
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          Didn’t get spending cuts, just got more borrowing.
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          The Dems are for raising both .. the gutless D.C. wing of the GOP can’t seem to figure out that means they ought to be against both…
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          Mew

  • Finrod says:

    As Mark Twain put it, no man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the Legislature is in session.

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