What’s the difference between a dog and a House Republican? You can teach a dog tricks. You can’t teach a House Republican anything.
As we saw with the Ryan budget, for example. Last year, all House Republicans voted for Ryan’s plan to end Medicare and slash programs for the poor, while expanding tax cuts for the rich – and they got clobbered for it.
You’d think they’d learn their lesson. Oh, no. This year they turned around and adopted almost the same budget, only worse.
And now they’re displaying the same ignorance – or arrogance – on budget cuts. Last year, they refused to raise the debt ceiling without massive domestic spending cuts – and, once again, got killed politically.
But, once again, they learned nothing. Yesterday, John Boehner threatened to do the same thing this year: allowing the United States to default on its debts and send the economy in a tailspin – unless they get more program cuts for the poor and more tax cuts for the rich.
Can you believe it? As a result of last year’s pitiful performance, the approval rating of Congress sank to a low 12 percent.
Looks like, this year, John Boehner’s determined to get it down to zero.
That’s my parting shot for today.