The Politico, attempting to stir up liberal angst, informs me that the “Budget Deal Leaves Liberals Disheartened”:
The $38.5 billion deal brokered between Republicans and President Barack Obama on Friday night may have resolved the immediate threat of a government shutdown. But it didn’t take long for many liberal Democrats to begin to realize that there might be not much cause for celebration in the substance of that deal.
In the final hours before the federal government was to run out of money April 8, Democrats homed in on attempts by Republicans to pass anti-abortion policy riders that would defund women’s health programs and Planned Parenthood. But soon after the deal was struck, Democrats turned back to a debate not about where to cut, but whether there should be cuts at all – and who should bear the brunt of the burden.
I’m not disheartened, I’m pissed. I honestly don’t know what exactly the Dems are supposed to do. I expect we will lose more in the upcoming months on the debt cap and the next budget- this sort of was predictable when the Republicans took the house. They clearly don’t care if they shut down the government, they don’t care who they hurt, and they are not going to stop doing what they do. They haven’t exactly been subtle about their goals, so I sent the Democrats money and voted for them in the last election. Not enough other people did, the Republicans won, and this is what logically comes next.
I’m not wringing my hands over the President’s statement afterwards, because no one in America paid attention to it, either. Only those of us who obsessively follow politics probably even heard a live commentary from Obama at midnight on Friday. Most sane people were in bed, or out on the town, or spooning their loved one, or something. They weren’t up listening to whatever platitudes the WH was offering, trying to put the best spin on a shitty situation.
This is just proof to me that I need to help raise more money, volunteer more time, and walk more precincts in 2012. It isn’t disheartening or demoralizing, it’s motivating.
And btw, we’ve talked about the Ryan plan to gut medicare and medicaid and give the proceeds to the rich while feeding the warpig, and it is important to recognize this is not some one-off. This is what they want. They are also coming for your pension, they are after your social security, they want to destroy your union so you can not organize against them, they will go after your minimum wage next, they want to get rid of the EPA so their donors can pollute your water, air, land, and food and not have to worry about being punished, they want to deregulate Wall Street more so they can screw you again and not face any consequences, they want to tell you what you can do with your body, and they are spending lots of time and money making it harder and harder for you to vote. The Ryan plan isn’t an isolated incident, it was just shots fired on another front. If you are disheartened by the budget deal the other night, which is one small skirmish in a big war, you probably should just give up and go buy yourself a ton of lube.