Tag Archives: budget showdowns


Planned Parenthood Budget battle a Lot of Noise Over Little Money

1/50th of 1%

Amount Planned Parenthood spending makes up of all federal expenditures. “In the context of all federal spending, [$528 million] is infinitesimally small. In fiscal year 2014, the federal government spent $3.5 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. So Planned Parenthood spending makes up roughly 1/50th of 1 percent of all federal expenditures — and that’s rounding up generously,” according to the Washington Post.


GOP Can’t Govern … or Count

Not only can they not govern, but we’ve learned that they can’t even count.

— Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), quoted by CQ Now, on the House GOP’s failure pass a three-week Homeland Security funding bill.


GOP Holding Homeland Security Hostage

We took a hostage that the president wants to shoot. This is homeland security. It’s a conservative thing.

— Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), quoted by TPM, on the inability of Republicans to pass a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.


Sounds Like GOP Is Gearing Up for a January Showown

The American people are going to demand a fight in January. Look, when this thing goes into full effect, some of those people will go, ‘Why didn’t y’all stand tighter? Why did y’all let this happen?’

— Rep. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), quoted by Politico, predicting another showdown over Obamacare when the threat of another government shutdown may resurface.


McCain Concedes Defeat (Again)

Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable.

— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quoted by the New York Times, on the debt ceiling standoff.


Let the Democrats Take Back the House

Yes. I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I hope the House flips to the Democrats in 2014, so we can be rid of these nuts. Let Ted Cruz sit in the Senate stewing in his precious bodily fluids, and let Washington get back to the business of governing.

— Rod Dreher, in the American Conservative.


It’s Better to Preserve Than Try to Restore Credit

Credit worthiness is like virginity, it can be preserved but not restored very easily, so it is crazy to play around with it.

— Warren Buffett, in an interview on CNBC.


To the Rest of the World, the U.S, Government Looks Insane and Weak

To the rest of the world, the United States looks insane right now. They’re dealing with real problems that their political systems are struggling to solve. The United States’ political system is creating fake problems that it may choose to leave unsolved…At best, the United States is slowing its recovery — and that of the rest of the world. At worst, it’s going to trigger another global crisis.

— Ezra Klein, in The Washington Post.


Three-Quarters of Americans Disapprove of GOP’s Handling of Budget Crisis


Of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling Washington’s budget crisis, up significantly in the past two weeks and far exceeding disapproval of both President Obama and congressional Democrats on the issue,a new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds.


After Three Years of Budget Cuts, Federal Government Still About the Same Size

4.1 million

Number of employees in the federal government after nearly three years of budget battles — more than the populations of 24 states, according to the Washington Post. Back in 2010, it had 4.3 million employees — more than the populations of 24 states.