Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Monday Night Links

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* It’s been a few hours, so that must mean it’s time for some debt ceiling revisionism. Hooray! I feel so much better.

* At least the maniacs at Red State hate it.

* Congress to the unemployed: drop dead.

* Congress to grad students: drop dead.

* Every schoolchild knows that big cuts to defense are the trigger that will bring the GOP to its knees when the Super Congress brings its recommendations in a few months, so it’s no surprise that the Pentagon actually gained money in this round of negotiations.

Rather than cutting $400 billion in defense spending through 2023, as President Barack Obama had proposed in April, the current debt proposal trims $350 billion through 2024, effectively giving the Pentagon $50 billion more than it had been expecting over the next decade.

Wait, what? Let me start over.

* Today Biden told House Democrats that Obama would eventually have done the thing he obviously should have done from the start if he had literally no other option left. What a comfort.

* The White House: “…members of Congress would likely recoil at the gamesmanship involved in shelving the committee’s recommendations and therefore feel compelled to place well-intentioned lawmakers on the committee.” Reid: “This absurd mess shows the system works.” McConnell: “That was awesome! Let’s do it all again!”

* I’ve been informed it’s forbidden to be cynical about Gabriel Giffords’ return to the House no matter how transparent and manipulative it seems. Please be advised.

* Taibbi: The Democrats Take a Dive.

* And Europe’s still in even worse shape. Ugh.

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  1. Out of curiosity… how are you imagining Giffords’s appearance in the House was planned and carried out, if in fact it was a “transparent and manipulative” attempt to achieve some end? And what would that end be? Making the Democrats feel less terrible about the whole thing? Or something else?


    August 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    • The cynical interpretation would be that they brought her back to vote for the bill in an attempt to smooth over left/liberal angst over the debt deal by turning a vote for the deal into a saintly act of personal sacrifice from a national hero. I don’t know whether or how that could have been planned or orchestrated, or how well she is independently of all this (maybe she *wanted* to be come back, and was ready) — but it definitely felt scripted to the cynic in me.

      I’m not accusing anyone of anything. Remember, I said being cynical about it was forbidden!


      August 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

      • Many media sources have already said that congress, including Giffords, has saved the country. Maybe so, but they only saved (at the moment) the country from what congress created in the first place. No heroes in this bunch.


        August 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      • Superhero comics give us plenty of referents for insane villains “rescuing” people from disasters of the villain’s own deliberate creation.


        August 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

  2. What’s the impact on social security and medicare? Are these being left alone or are they going to be gutted?


    August 2, 2011 at 1:44 am

    • They’re protected under the trigger, vulnerable under the Super Congress, if I understand correctly. So it depends whether you think the Super Congress is a right-wing scheme to smuggle in deeper entitlement cuts, or if you think the Super Congress is a fraud and the trigger cuts are the real cuts.


      August 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

      • either way, medicare and social security are going to ‘feel the pain.’


        August 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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