Any resemblance to a real budget wholly unintended by the autor.
The GOP "moderate" conservatives—you know, the ones who like to talk about abolishing the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency, but maybe don't want to actually want to make people starve—are getting restless
WASHINGTON — Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own—a backlash to anti-spending tea party shrillness as budget cuts begin to significantly shrink defense and domestic programs. [...]
Many tenured Republicans, particularly members of the House Appropriations Committee, have viewed Ryan's sweeping cuts as unworkable all along. When more than $4 billion in entirely new cuts came to the House floor in the form of an actual bill for funding transportation and housing programs, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, confronted shaky support from less ardently conservative Republicans and decided to pull the $44 billion package on July 31.
That sparked a frustrated outburst from the committee chairman, Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky. He called for abandoning the Ryan budget and starting bipartisan negotiations that would provide appropriators with "a realistic spending level to fund the government in a responsible—and attainable—way." [...]
"When it came time for the general (Republican) conference to affirm the Ryan budget in the form of 12 appropriations bills, the conference balked," said Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. "We need to regroup and say, 'OK, was your vote for the Ryan budget a serious vote or was that just some political fluke that you don't intend to follow up on?'"
Oh, you mean we're here to make government function and not to just make political statements? Damn.
Of course the 221 Republicans who voted for the Ryan budget were taking a serious vote: a serious vote to take home to the base to show that they are serious about making political statements. All of those "moderate conservative" Republicans who voted for it are just as responsible as the crazy conservatives for the mess the House and the whole party are in now. That includes Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who let the tea party take over, who pretended that the Ryan budget was actually real and not just polemics.
And of course they can't make the Ryan budget work. It can't and it won't! So every Republican who voted for it deserves the heartburn they're now experiencing because of it. The problem is, their incompetence is making the entire nation suffer.