The craziness behind the federal budget fight

Literally the only thing I can say about the budget passed at the last minute yesterday is that since the batshit crazy right is frothing mad about it, it can’t be the complete disaster it could have been. However, make no mistake about it: it was not a compromise. The GOP actually got more than what they originally asked for. The original call from the Republicans was for $32 billion in cuts, until House conservatives got greedy and demanded way more. End result? $37 billion in cuts. Some compromise.

That said, some of the more whackaloon stuff got dropped. The EPA rider, for example (of course, watch for continued assaults on that), and funding of Planned Parenthood remains. The riders on PBS and NPR (ditto) were removed. So, some tiny victories.

Astonishingly, much of the fuss centered around the abortions that Planned Parenthood provides. It was completely irrelevant that abortions constitute a mere 3% of PP’s services — cancer detection actually comprised the biggest share — and none of the federal funds that PP receives can be spent on abortion in any case.

So what we have here are a bunch of fucking dangerous whackaloons who would rather punish women for having sex (and being autonomous self-determining individuals) than make sure we have a functional government. They’ll dress it up under morality concerns that don’t even apply to the specific cases they throw apoplectic fits over.

It’s disturbing. It’s crazy (as in batshit insane). It’s dangerous. Look at what they were willing to do to the country, to people’s jobs, to the already fragile economy. Really, teabaggers? What kind of patriotism is this?

The thing that really gets to me is how far right the entire debate on budgeting and spending moved. The whole notion of spending on infrastructure and jobs to give some stimulus to the economy? Not even considered. Jesus.

Now if you will excuse me, I have a donation to Planned Parenthood to make…

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