GOP Holding Out To Kill Planned Parenthood
After an all-night negotiation session between House Republicans and Senate Democrats, the LA Times reports this morning that ground was actually lost. In worrisome news, Democrats are reporting that all issues have been dealt with, except the GOP insistence that Planned Parenthood and their women's health services be defunded.
But the parties seem to have lost ground in negotiations that lasted through early Friday morning. Arriving at the Capitol, Reid said he was disappointed that a deal that seemed within reach remains elusive, and seemed confounded as to the Republicans' ultimate goal.
"Everything has been resolved. Everything," he said.
Harry, if you are still confounded this late in the game as to what the GOP's real strategy is, then it's time for you to go. But it raises the question: what did the Democrats give away during the night on all the other extremist "riders" the Tea Party was insisting on, that have nothing to do with this year's spending or jobs, and everything to do with setting the tone for future negotiations and giveaways to the corporate bosses who bankrolled the Tea Party.
Democrats say that Republicans continue to hold up an agreement because they insist on preserving provisions that would restrict abortion services.
"We are on the one-yard line, but Republicans in the House are making a goal-line stand on the issue of women's health, which has nothing, nothing to do with the budget," Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told MSNBC on Friday.
Hey Chuck, are you really surprised by this? And what did you give away last night on environmental protection? Did Big Oil and Big Coal get to gut the EPA? Then again, why this late in the game does any Democrat think they are on the one-yard line when the GOP is still demanding more cuts and spewing the fallacious argument that Corporate America will start spending its trillion dollars of profits if only the federal government will cut $60 billion and destroy environmental protection and women's health services?
Republicans maintain that there is no agreement on the level of spending cuts. Democrats have agreed to $34.5 billion in domestic spending reductions for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Republicans are seeking $39 billion.
"The American people want to cut spending to help the private sector create jobs – and the Democrats that run Washington don't," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.
No Mr. Steel, the American people have never said anything of the sort, and Democrats by now should have pinned the GOP against the wall on this argument, and forced the Tea Party to confront their rhetoric on how spending on environmental protection and women's health services prevents Corporate America from paying its fair share of taxes and using its trillion dollars of reserves to create jobs here at home. But here we are, this late in the game, and yet Reid, Schumer, and Obama still let these nimrods steer the debate and carry these riders into a government shutdown.
Despicable, on both sides.