Friday, April 8, 2011

The Real Budget Battle Isn't About Money, Is It?

So will the government be shut down tonight? And what does abortion have to do with the budget?

Officials said that Democrats had made concessions on both money and policy, and had moved toward the position of House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio on the overall level of spending, agreeing to $37 billion in cuts, with less of it coming from the Pentagon than Democrats had initially sought.

Democratic officials familiar with the negotiations said that proposed restrictions on money for Planned Parenthood remained the chief sticking point, and that attempts to resolve the disagreement through alternatives like allowing a separate floor vote on the issue had not been successful. Democrats said they were told by the Republicans that the votes of anti-abortion social conservatives would be needed to move any budget measure through the House.

It's not really about spending, is it?

This is your country.

UPDATE: Averted! For a few days, anyway...


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