In the latest move by Republicans to erase reality, the House GOP is looking to cripple the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office because it keeps telling everyone how terrible Republican legislation is:
Representative Mark Meadows, head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Monday his colleague Morgan Griffith has offered an amendment to an appropriations bill the House is expected to take up this week that would cut the CBO's staff of 235 by 89 employees, saving about $15 million.
It's not hard to see why Republicans have declared war on the CBO; there's not a single item on the GOP's economic agenda that's not a disaster for 99% of America's population. Their assault on healthcare would strip coverage from millions of the most vulnerable while giving the rich billions of dollars. Their tax reform would cut taxes a little bit for the middle class and give the rich billions of dollars. Their budget would cut Medicare and Social Security while giving the rich billions of dollars. Their version of infrastructure spending would give the rich billions of dollars.
Are you sensing a theme here? One can only wonder if Republicans could find a way to use something unrelated to the budget, like immigration, to give the rich billions of dollars. Oh wait, they did exactly that.
But remember, Trump won partly because of his populist message. Yes, his racism and sexism were the biggest draws but he promised to stick it to the rich as well and that resonated with his base. He's not going to do that, of course, but so far he's immune to the repercussions of ignoring his economic populism. Republicans are not. If everything Republicans do coddles the rich (and it does), the already extremely angry base will not let it slide much longer.
The worst part about this is the current head of the CBO was appointed by Trump and his administration. Yet they can't stop attacking him for doing his job honestly. That should tell you everything you need to know about the current toxic nature of the Republican Party. Facts are literally the enemy and be it the press, the CBO, the EPA or any other group that refuses to bend to the lies of the GOP, they just gotta go.
So how does one make the CBO stop making with the inconvenient math? The current solution is to force the CBO to use "alternative facts":
"They ought to be aggregators," Meadows said of the CBO at a National Press Club lunch. "There's plenty of think tanks that are out there. We ought to take a score from Heritage, from AEI (American Enterprise Institute), from Brookings, from the Urban Institute and bring them together for a composite score."
Yes, because Heritage and AEI can be trusted to not at all cook the books. These are the same groups that have been selling the lie of Trickle Down Economics for longer than I've been alive and they haven't been right once. These think tanks were founded in order to fabricate justifications for the rich to rob America blind.
Oh, and how long will it be before Republicans decide that the CBO should stop using nonpartisan think tanks and rely exclusively on right wing charlatans? Two months? Three? One day?
I know Republicans think their base is extremely gullible but it's really insulting when they treat the rest of us the same way.
There are 468 days left to the 2018 elections.
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