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Deficit Kabuki Theater: Democrats Act Like They Care About Debt
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After engaging in mind-boggling acts of non-stop generational theft over the past year and blowing through the debt ceiling during the Christmas holiday, the White House and Democrat majority have unveiled a phony plan to “solve” the red-ink disaster they helped create by kicking the can to a toothless panel.

GOP Sen. Judd Gregg calls it a “nothing burger.”

From crap sandwiches to crap burgers:

Republicans on Wednesday branded the White House deal with Democrats on a budget deficit commission as a “nothing burger” because it wouldn’t require votes on how to stem the red ink.

A tentative agreement would let President Barack Obama name the 18-member bipartisan commission. It would seek a compromise on the tax increases and spending cuts needed to tackle the deficit, which reached $1.4 trillion last year and could climb this year.

A stronger approach backed by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., would require Congress to pass legislation setting up the commission and require a vote on deficit-cutting recommendations if at least 14 panel members could agreed on a plan. But there isn’t enough support in the House or Senate to pass this version of a commission, given opposition from the right and left.

Under the alternative proposed Tuesday by Democrats, Obama would set up the commission by presidential order. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., would guarantee a vote this year after the November elections.

Gregg, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, attacked the Democratic initiative as a “nothing burger,” given the absence of a law compelling a vote in the Senate. Citing the Senate’s freewheeling rules, he dismissed Reid’s promise and contended the offer was a cynical ploy to make it look like Democrats would do something about the deficit without really doing anything.

Yes, they’ve earned Oscars in looking busy at doing nothing.

And it looks like retiring GOP Sen. George Voinovich is going to join them in this effort-free effort.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Fiscal Stimulus, Politics, Subprime crisis