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The Right Bailing The Left Out On Spending

By Matthew Yglesias on April 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

"The Right Bailing The Left Out On Spending"

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I wrote about this earlier in the specific context of Grover Norquist, but Elise Foley’s account of the Obama administration’s rapidly unraveling deficit reduction initiative is another illustration of the fact that at the moment the right is big government’s best friend:

The White House’s proposed deficit talks with Congress appear to be unraveling before they’ve even begun.

House and Senate Republican leaders announced Tuesday that their sole appointees to the May 5th meeting would be House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)–neither of whom are budget leaders and both of whom function largely as political mouthpieces for their party. GOP leaders also each opted to send only one appointee, instead of the requested four, to the meeting.

You have a government set to steadily increase spending on autopilot as a result of demographic change and rising health care costs. And you have a Democratic President urging congress to enact spending cuts. But you have conservative politicians refusing to make a serious effort to reach an agreement out of some blend of taxophobia and fear of giving the President a win. The result, again, whether the right realizes it or not, is a gift to the wing of the Democratic Party that disagrees with Obama about the desirability of enacting spending cuts.

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