With each budget extension Republicans cut another $2 billion per week. The total reaches $10 billion with the next 3-week delay aimed at avoiding a federal shutdown.
At this rate they’ll need nearly ten more extensions to reach their goal of $61 billion in cuts, which creates the laughable scenario of still passing this year’s budget when the year is ending.
“We’re on a path, a slow path, but a path nevertheless,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on FOX News over the weekend.
So far, Republicans are getting by with cuts that Democrats don’t have the will to fight. But that will change when it comes to cutting entitlements, Obama’s health overhaul and such.
This next extension of the budget — – until April 8 — sets up more than a showdown over shutting down the government. That date falls just shy of the deadline for raising the debt ceiling, the point when the Treasury Department cannot legally borrow more money.
At some point you’d think tea party types, who vow to vote against more borrowing without bigger cuts, will no longer tolerate postponing the inevitable.
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