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  •  Thank you RJ for pointing out this important fact. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd like to amplify what you said.  It takes a surprising amount of shamelessness to gripe about the Democrats when the Republicans produced a joke that they called a budget resolution.  For those who don't remember the "reviews:"

    The path for revenues as a percentage of GDP was specified by Chairman Ryan’s staff. The path rises steadily from about 15 percent of GDP in 2010 to 19 percent in 2028 and remains at that level thereafter. There were no specifications of particular revenue provisions that would generate that path. -
    Congressional Budget Office
    "Not a balanced budget" - Forbes
    "Would Set Nation on Path to End Most of Government Other Than Social Security, Health Care, and Defense By 2050" - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    "Unrealistic assumptions" - Washington Post
    "Won't solve deficit crisis" - US News & World Report
    I don't blame the Senate Democrats for not producing a budget and putting themselves in the position of having to reconcile it with garbage while Ryan, Cantor, and Boehner mug for the cameras and sell their grift.

    "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

    by leftreborn on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:26:24 AM PST

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    •  I don't blame Senate Democrats for not (3+ / 0-)
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      producing a budget, either. In fact, the Senate Dems, not the House Republicans, are in full compliance with the law. From the Senate Budget Committee web site:

      The [2011] Budget Control Act Serves as the Budget for 2012 and 2013

      The Budget Control Act states: “For the purpose of enforcing the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 through April 15, 2012 ... the allocations, aggregates, and levels set in subsection (b)(1) shall apply in the Senate in the same manner as for a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2012.”  In many ways, the Budget Control Act is even more extensive than a traditional budget resolution. Number one, it has the force of law, unlike a budget resolution that never goes to the President. A budget resolution is purely a Congressional document; the Budget Control Act is a law. Number two, it sets discretionary caps for 10 years, instead of the one year normally set in a budget resolution. Number three, it provides enforcement mechanisms, including two years of “deeming resolutions,” which allow budget points of order to be enforced. And fourth, it creates a reconciliation-like “Super Committee” process to address both entitlements and tax reform. And it backs that process up with a $1.2 trillion sequester.  

      “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

      by RJDixon74135 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:25:42 AM PST

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      •  I point to that page when Republicans recite their (1+ / 0-)
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        little tale about the XXXX days since the last Senate budget.
        They blow a gasket over that especially since the Budget Control Act couldn't have passed without the 174 Republican votes it got in the House, including Paul Ryan's.  The extent and the magnitude of Republican lies makes it impossible for me to believe a single word they say.  That's not rhetoric for me.  I literally take every single word as a lie.

        "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

        by leftreborn on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 12:59:43 PM PST

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