From the Daily Caller:
“Senate Democrats decided in a closed-door meeting Thursday that a short-term extension of current spending levels would be required to lend more time for negotiations with House Republicans over the budget,” reports The Daily Caller’s Chris Moody. “Just hours before, however, House Speaker John Boehner said that he would not accept any extension — no matter how short — unless it included spending cuts.” Translation: Before Dems will discuss cutting Obama’s budget, they want to extend the CR. But House Republicans won’t extend the CR without first discussing cuts to the budget. On next week’s episode: SOMETHING ACTUALLY HAPPENS!
This is a typical DC dance that will amount to nothing. The Republicans would be fools to shutdown the government a la Newt Gingrich circa 1995. That proved to be catastrophic for them then, doing it again would be idiotic.
Perhaps the funniest part of the briefing is from the commentary on the Wisconsin stalemate, which we’ve been following closely at Moore Common Sense:
Wisconsin’s Democratic state senators, instead of playing by the rules of majority politics, are taking a record-long dump on democracy this week. The quorum-happy Dems fled Madison to avoid voting on a Republican bill that would relieve the state’s public sector workers of their collective bargaining privileges, and also require them to pay into their own damn pension plans. The “debt is just a word” alliance has responded by painting Gov. Scott Walker as Satan incarnate and physically threatening Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers. “I spent two years in the minority, and I came to work every day, even when I didn’t like the bills the majority was passing. I thought it was my job,” Republican state Sen. Randy Hopper told National Review. He added, “They can threaten me all they want, but it’s not going to stop me from doing what the people elected me to do.” If only the 1,000+ teachers who called in sick before calling in anonymous threats could say the same!
I’ve said it before, I’m all for firing those teachers who are more concerned with their benefits than actually doing their jobs. Just for the record,state employees in Wisconsin earn on average about $15,000 more than private sector employees. So stop crying about your sweetheart deal and get back to educating our children or get a job flipping burgers.