For John, BLUF: It is up to the voters. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I say this paragraph in a report on the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, which is approaching 40 years of age, and has four years where it actually worked as constructed.♠
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on Ryan's panel, placed the blame on Republicans. “There may be things that you can play with at the margins, but what's happened here is a breakdown in the willingness to make some tough compromises,” he said. “And I would argue, obviously from our perspective, that when you have a Tea Party faction in the House that runs on an anti-compromise platform, it obviously undermines the process.”I think that Rep. Chris Van Hollen is going to win the propaganda war, but the fact is he is arguing from the point of view that what currently exists is some sort of baseline and any proposed change is against "Truth, Justice and The American way". This shows an unwillingness to truly explore the current problems, to explore new ideas. Frankly, this approach of Mr Van Hollen will not improve things.
Regards — Cliff
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