House Republicans voted to pass Rep. Paul Ryan's 2014 budget Thursday morning, 219 to 205. Republican leadership had some cause to sweat
going into the vote, with the threat that it would be defeated due to too many Republicans opposing it from the right. In the end, though, just 12 Republicans voted no.
"Budgets reflect the choices we make for our country," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said before the vote. Ryan, for his part, called the budget "a matter of trust." Let's review the choices House Republicans just voted to make, the "trust" they offered the American people:
According to Ryan, things like food stamps and health care are "paternalistic, arrogant, and downright condescending" if they come from or are ensured by the government. Republicans, on the other hand, "trust the people." But the trust that was on view in this vote was Republicans trusting that voters won't notice their deeply unpopular, cruel, damaging set of priorities. Luckily, these priorities won't pass the Senate or get the president's signature, so this budget will not become law. But it makes very clear how high the stakes are in November's elections.