What Were They Thinking?!?

My nor­mal response to the ques­tion “What was he think­ing?” (or a vari­a­tion there­of) is that there was no think­ing involved. But is it pos­si­ble there was no think­ing involved on the part of the Repub­li­can House mem­bers when they passed the Ryan bud­get? If there was think­ing, what could it be?

All but four of them vot­ed to destroy Medicare, slash lots of spend­ing that peo­ple like, and low­er tax­es on the wealthy! They did this even though there was not a chance in hell of the bud­get becom­ing law. Next year they have to run for reelec­tion while defend­ing this vote. I assume the pri­ma­ry defense will be “There was no way it would become law, so it was safe to vote for it” which, I am sure, will make every­one feel bet­ter about it.

The inter­est­ing thing about the Ryan bud­get is that if it actu­al­ly passed the Sen­ate and the Pres­i­dent signed it, it would make the deficit worse. Why? Because there is no way the “end medicare as we know it” por­tion would remain intact. The spend­ing cuts the bud­get lays out would not remain intact. But you can bet your boots the tax cut for the wealthy would stay.

And the deficit would explode.

The deficit is a seri­ous issue, but it can not be solved by pre­tend­ing that polit­i­cal real­i­ties no longer exist.

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