Yes, it’s good that Planned Parenthood was defunded–I support Planned Parenthood. But the Democrats were routed on the economics. Right now, with U3 unemployment still near nine percent, and under- and unemployment essentially unbudged, we need more spending, not less (remember, government deficits mean an increase in private savings–in this case, unemployed people would get jobs and accumulate some savings or pay down debts). We also need these programs because they do useful stuff.
The House is controlled by batshitloonitarians, but the Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration, rather than calling for spending increases (which they couldn’t do since they boxed themselves in by using Republican rhetoric) and thereby making the compromise the status quo, instead proposed a constant budget. Cuts were the only possible negotiated outcome (and at this point, it’s probability not incompetence, it’s intentional).
Digby nails it (italics mine):
Last December, the Democrats gave us DADT repeal in exchange for the Bush tax cut and now they’re angling to give us Planned Parenthood in exchange for massive, immediate cuts in discretionary spending. At some point you have to wonder if everyone isn’t getting exactly what they want out of this deal — except, of course, those who are already clinging to the lowest rungs of society and working people….
I am not in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood or the EPA. I would expect any Democratic president and Senate to hold fast on those things. But allowing them to be held hostage for huge spending cuts in the middle of an epic recession isn’t a win. My suspicions stem from the fact that I’m not at all sure that our entire governing class of both parties doesn’t believe it is.
And I resent being bullied into being happy about this. It isn’t a “compromise, it’s a capitulation. Democrats aren’t supposed to be the party of tax cuts for the rich and spending cuts for the poor and middle class, certainly not when there is almost 9% official unepmpolyment. I honestly don’t think there’s any reason we had to come to this — the Republicans don’t have a God-given right to set the agenda.
As I often write, people have to like this crap. And they’re not going to like this at all–it will make unemployment no better. Because it will be a ‘bipartisan’ deal, Democrats will own this.
Is it possible to sue for political malpractice?