"I think that one of the things we have to keep in mind is what we're charged with and the amount of debt reduction this represents in terms of our entire debt and how significant that is... As I said in my questioning of him, it's about three percent of outlays that we're looking at. It's about one percent of our GDP over the next decade. So I don't think that triggers the kinds of dynamics he was testifying to in other areas."
-- Republican Rep. Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
The person he's referring to is Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf. What he's saying? Well, allow me to translate: "Fuck you."
See, Elmendorf essentially endorsed the basic premise of President Obama's "American Jobs Act" during an appearance before Congress's own Justice League -- the Super Committee -- on Tuesday by saying that a combination of government spending and middle-class tax relief is what's needed to kick-start the economy. According to Elmendorf, the choke-the-government-to-death austerity the Republicans have been pushing for months will actually hurt our fragile economy and what's necessary is to spend and help the working-class now then cut back and concentrate on the deficit later. Remember, this is the non-partisan CBO saying this -- ostensibly, the voice of reason.
Again, Kryptonian High Council-member Camp's response to what's presumably the last thing he and his fellow Republicans want to hear right now? "Sorry, don't care. Lalalalalala, I'm not listening!"
It's barely worth mentioning the right's history of simply disregarding any facts it finds inconvenient. Evolution, global climate change, the likely innocence of whatever death row prisoner they lust to throw the switch on, it's all entirely up for debate and in the end their views wind up carrying the most weight, even if their reasoning is based on ignorance and obstinacy. So why shouldn't they simply shoot down the testimony of a guy who's paid by the organization they work for to present the facts dispassionately? Hey, what are facts anyway? Yeah? Well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
I've said it before but it bears repeating over and over again: These people will never give Obama an inch. Not one. They will burn this country to the ground if it means that they can pile the ashes around the current president and use that image to usher them back into the White House -- where they'll rule whatever's left while we all suffer.