Audio: Hannity Interviews John Boehner: “I Fought Like A Dog Until 10:00 Friday Night”(UPDATED)

For a measly $352 million:

The deal does eliminate $38 billion in “new spending authority,” but as we learned yesterday in agonizing detail, spending “authority” and actual spending are two very different things. So to sum up: In less than a week, we’ve gone from $61 billion in cuts to $38 billion in cuts to $15 billion in real cuts to $352 million in deficit reduction this year, which is less than one percent of the number agreed to in the budget deal. I can’t help but suspect that tea partiers might feel a tad … antsy about that trend.

$352 million. I can’t even wrap my head around how epic a fail this is… That’s  about 6  Bill Clinton speeches… or 30 Madison school bus driver salaries for one year…or 2 union bosses’ salaries for one year….That’s all that was “doable”?

UPDATE:

NRO was initially on-board with the 38 billion spending cut deal, calling it a modest win for Boehner, but now as more facts emerge are saying:  Strike One, Speaker.

As they push a bargain that is still not fully understood, Boehner and the leadership have put their members in an awful fix with another deadline to keep the government open fast approaching. We’d vote “no,” even if we understand the impulse to move on to more important matters and to avoid a leap into the dark that might include a politically damaging shutdown. At the very least, freshmen and other conservatives should be frank about the deal’s shortcomings, refusing to exaggerate its merits as their leadership often has. The episode is strike one against the speakership of John Boehner.

Credit where it’s due: Mark Levin wasn’t fooled by the budget scam  for one second. He  was on a tear last night when he thought it was $15 billion that was cut.

“The Marxist In The White House Has A New Catch Phase, Tax Expenditure”:

UPDATE:

More on the weak looking budget cuts…

The WaPo With Bloomberg Business reports:

At issue is a concept in budgeting that is often difficult to grasp. Appropriations bills like the pending measure give agencies the authority to spend taxpayers’ money. But such authority typically takes months or years to actually leave the federal Treasury, so cuts made in the middle of the budget year often have little immediate impact.

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The CBO study confirms that the measure trims $38 billion in new spending authority relative to current levels, but many of the cuts come in slow-spending accounts like water-and-sewer grants that don’t have an immediate deficit impact.

Like Ace, I won’t even pretend to know how these things work. I tend to rely on other wonkier types to help me form my opinion on  budget numbers.  But I was one of the last bloggers to jump on the WTF bandwagon because I just wasn’t predisposed to distrust our guys to that extent.

My instincts were to believe Boehner when he said he fought hard for all the cuts he could get. That’s why I was so nonplussed to hear reports that we were being scammed, (which you can see from my thoughts in the comment section). I truly believe that Boehner’s an honorable man — he’s  one of the good guys.  I’m still bothered by the fact that we didn’t start from a bargaining point of $100 billion like they promised us in 2010, and I wish he hadn’t taken shutting down the government off the table, but now I’m back to my Friday night position — I think he did a decent job, considering who he was negotiating with.

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7 thoughts on “Audio: Hannity Interviews John Boehner: “I Fought Like A Dog Until 10:00 Friday Night”(UPDATED)

  1. Tell Boehner to get Reid & Frank from sitting on the Glass Steagall Act/Cantwell Bill. $110 Billion is being dumped into the commodities market each month due to the fraudulent derivative bailout of the Rothschild/Wallstreet Banks.

    To quible over a $35 billion one time cut back insults America’s intelligence.

    The Cantwell bill being sat on would retroactively defund the fraudulent $trillion bailout.

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  2. Boehner caved and a whole lot of us knew it by Friday. He failed us.
    We need leaders who have a spine of steel, a heart of courage and have no illusions about Obama and those with him.
    Those in the R party who did not vote for this fiasco are the ones who are doing what we voted them to do last Nov.
    We need those who will fight to expose Obama, thwart him and tell Americans what they are doing every step of the way.
    I wrote Boehner two times last week, imploring him to stand firm because we were behind him.
    He could have stood firm, others did. He should apologize to the Tea Party, and then either get serious or he is out.
    Boehner’s words are empty and hollow.
    If we do not get enough R’s who will do the above, we are screwed.

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  3. I really have no idea what is going on. I don’t think Boehner’s a bad guy, at all. I think he’s an honorable man who has the country’s best interests at heart.

    I don’t know if it’s just that he’s spineless, or there’s something else going on.

    But this latest disappointment is part of pattern that has lasted too many years.

    Republicans, even when they held majorities in both houses and the WH seem absolutely unable – (like their hands are tied) – to do what they need to do on any number of fronts. They either cave at the last minute, or they didn’t even try. It’s like defense is the only game they know how to play. And why? They are dealing with a bunch of Socialists who are bent on transforming the country.

    We used to call them the “stupid” party.

    Maybe it’s time to call them the “WTF” party.

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  4. They are afraid of the Democrats and more importantly afraid of the media. The Dems don’t “play nice”, but the Pubs do. Take the damn kid’s gloves off and starting punching back. Get in front of the issues instead of defending some lunatic charge that Pubs hate women, or hate children..etc. etc. We are so screwed right now. It’s hopeless.

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  5. How can they be so afraid of these morons??? Letting them win means the country loses.

    The Republicans have the high ground, right now.

    I can’t stop thinking about how stressed Boehner looked when he was in the thick of the negotiations.

    I really don’t understand why this is happening.

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  7. I was about to say something suggestive about the new 1,000 yd range being built at my local gun club, but I won’t. It might be mistaken for a threat, and I certainly do not intend such to possibly be inferred.

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