John Boehner finished up with the Democrats last evening in partially accepting their terms in budget negotiations. They changed the number of cuts from $33 billion to $38 (or $39 by some accounts) billion. The deal could have been worse; I would like to see more of the facts before passing judgment. The plus side is that Boehner did a far better job than Minnesota Republicans.
That said, one of our congressional Republicans still didn't think much of the deal. Neither did Rand Paul. (Click here.)
Said Michele Bachmann:
Millions of Americans expected $100 billion in cuts and "wanted to make sure their tax dollars stopped flowing to the nation's largest abortion provider, and who wanted us to defund ObamaCare. Instead, we've been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare."
Said Rand Paul:
The deal does "not set us on a path to fixing the spending and debt problems our country is facing. There is not much of a difference between a $1.5 trillion deficit and a $1.6 trillion deficit-both will lead us to a debt crisis that we may not recover from."
We'll see what the deal looks like after we have heard more facts in the coming days. However, it is notable that House Republicans were able to hammer out anything in spending cuts. They only hold one half of the Legislative Branch. In Minnesota, the Republicans have increased spending, even though they hold both parts of the legislative branch.
Goes to show the difference between bad elected officials and quality elected officials. Contrary to what some will say, there is a difference between electing principled conservatives and Republicans without principle.