“The House is likely to vote Wednesday on a plan to extend the government’s borrowing authority into 2015 in exchange for reversing a cut to the pensions of working-age military veterans that Congress approved just two months ago to try to trim the budget deficit,” the New York Times reports.
“The plan, presented to House Republicans on Monday evening by their leaders, represents a dramatic reversal for the House after three years of using the debt ceiling to extract major spending cuts and conservative policy changes. In this instance, the debt ceiling deadline — looming at the end of this month — will be used to reverse the only difficult spending cut included in a budget and deficit-reduction deal reached in December.”
I guess this “reversal” is “dramatic”, if you consider watching a fish flail around in the bottom of a boat after it is caught as the height of drama. For those of us who aren’t paid to care about the random blundering of the House Republican “Leadership”, it’s just dull and stupid, never mind pointless. The Democrats are so sick of the debt ceiling shenanigans that even that spineless crew probably won’t vote for an increase that isn’t clean. And there are about 60 numbskulls in the House Republican Caucus who won’t vote for an increase no matter what sugar you put in their bowl. Until one of those two facts changes, this story isn’t changing.
When your kid isn’t toilet trained, it’s not news when they shit their pants. Yet every time the House leadership grunts out a new stillborn turd of a “compromise” on the debt ceiling, it launches a fresh new round of reporting. The debt ceiling will be increased at the last possible moment by a bi-partisan vote that violates the Hastert suggestion, and then we’ll be done until the next time around. We don’t need to pull this plant out of its pot every week to check to see if the roots are growing.
Update: As many of you are pointing out in the comments, the Republicans just announced that they’ll bring a clean bill to the floor tomorrow. So the “dramatic” bill mentioned in this story didn’t even live for a day.