Patrick Martin (WSWS) reports:
Closed-door negotiations on the US federal budget continued in Washington Tuesday, only 72 hours before an April 8 deadline that would force a partial shutdown of the federal government. Republican congressional leaders reneged on a deal to cut current domestic spending by $33 billion, reached last week, and demanded additional spending cuts as well as right-wing social policy measures.
The top congressional Republican, House Speaker John Boehner and the top Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, met with President Obama Tuesday morning in the White House, without reaching agreement on a budget bill that would carry the federal government through the end of the 2011 fiscal year, which ends September 30.
Obama and Boehner made television appearances afterwards, each claiming to oppose a shutdown of the federal government. Obama said, “We are closer than we have ever been to an agreement. There is no reason why we should not get an agreement.” He appealed to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to drop its efforts to impose right-wing social policies, such as tighter restrictions on abortion and environmental regulations, using the budget bill as the vehicle.So Barack's caving again. Big surprise. In the last four years, when has he stood up for the left?
Good Lord, in the lead up to his inauguration, he and his people were telling us we had to be more open to others -- that was the justification for inviting a homophobe (Rick Warren) to take part. Rick Warren didn't have to be more inclusive, did he?
Republicans never have to. Barack naturally goes and takes their side.
Over and over.
So he's caving or being himself and either way, we're screwed. All the whores who pimped Barack as The Last Left Hope should have fruit hurled at them in the public square.
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