When GOP Congressmen say they “just want to negotiate” – what they’re really saying is “we’re going to have it our way”.
And when they talk about “compromise” – they’re really talking about “ratcheting it down even further.”
You know how a ratchet works, right? When you turn it, the screw can only go one way. And the Tea Party’s position is: government can only get smaller.
They’re yelling about the federal deficit – and accumulated federal debt – but the only “solution” they’re willing to entertain is to cut spending. Have you heard anybody suggest raising revenues, lately?
The fact is: as a share of the nation’s economy, federal tax revenues are at almost-record lows. Yes, they were lower, back when Harry Truman was President – but that was before Medicare was enacted in 1965.
And it looks like the GOP may have already won the federal budget game.
Remember how radical that budget seemed, back then? How far to the right? How extreme the cuts appeared?
Now, take a closer look at the “continuing resolution” passed by the Democratically-controlled Senate last week, in a last-ditch effort to avoid the government shutdown.
Yeah, the same “continuing resolution” that the House GOP won’t send to an up-do-down vote, without further concessions.
Funding levels in that “continuing resolution” are about 10% less than what Chairman Ryan proposed, back in 2011.
And it came from the Democrats.
And it’s still not enough for the GOP.
Ratchet, ratchet, ratchet.
Read more about how the Senate’s continuing resolution compares to the Ryan budget here.
See the tax revenue data that my chart is based on here.