You may have heard by now. Press Secretary Jay Carney got kind of upset with me at yesterday’s White House Briefing.
My question was this: Why should Democrats like the budget deal President Obama made with Republicans when he gave them $80 billion in cuts – 80 percent of what they asked for?
“That’s a fallacy, and you know it,” Carney exploded. Some of those cuts, he insisted, were cuts that Democrats wanted. Therefore, they were cuts everybody should be happy with.
To which I still say: Nonsense.
And to which I ask: Exactly which of those cuts are we supposed to be happy with? Cutting EPA’s budget by $1.6 billion? Cutting $3 billion from high-speed rail? Or how ‘bout cutting funding for Head Start and keeping GITMO open forever?
Or maybe we’re supposed to jump and down with joy because Western states won a rider in the budget deal allowing them to take wolves, just reintroduced into several wilderness areas, off the endangered species list. So Sarah Palin can hunt them from her helicopter.
Frankly, I don’t care if Jay Carney’s upset or not. I think it’s a bad deal. I think President Obama gave away too much.
That’s my parting shot for today.