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The Blue Dogs are revolting!

In the House, the Blue Dogs are howling. The coalition of 51 moderate to conservative Democrats has proposed capping non-defense discretionary spending at the rate of inflation. They may also object to any new programs that increase the size of the deficit. "We're concerned…with the Obama budget that we are—according to their numbers—maintaining $500 billion or more in deficit spending in the latter five years," Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), a Blue Dog Coalition co-chair, told Reuters.

…or, er, maybe not:

So far, the Blue Dogs have failed to do much to restrain the Obama administration or their liberal congressional leadership. They lost the fight to keep Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) from seizing jurisdiction over climate change policy from Congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.). While they did delay and somewhat reshape the stimulus package, only 11 Blue Dogs voted against the original, more expensive version and just six voted against the deficit-increasing "compromise" that eventually became law.

In a similar vein, leading Senate Democrats like Conrad frequently complain about the size of the deficit and national debt. Yet the Politico reported: "But thus far, Conrad seems in retreat himself, saying this week that he now expects to report only a five-year budget next week—putting off a real fight over the long-term debt."

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  1. So far, the Blue Dogs have failed to do much to restrain the Obama administration or their liberal congressional leadership.

    They surround them!

  2. The coalition of 51 moderate to conservative Democrats has proposed capping non-defense discretionary spending at the rate of inflation.

    Pretty soon, that will be more than a lousy 5-6%.

  3. The coalition of 51 moderate to conservative Democrats has proposed capping non-defense discretionary spending at the rate of inflation.

    Sadly, experience has shown that this is Capitol Hill kabuki for “your next spending bill better have plenty of pork for me, biotch.”

  4. These jokers squawk now and then about fiscal restraint to make a show for the yokels back home, but when push comes to shove they don’t have the balls to back it up even if they wanted to.

  5. Just like how the fiscal conservatives promised us that they would restrain the BigGov Republicans.

    How many Blue Dogs voted against the AIG thing? like, 4? Fuck off, career politicians.

  6. How about cutting defense discretionary spending while they are at it. There are two wars that need to be ended and a whole lot of US troops in Europe and Asia who need to be brought home.

  7. Joe’s nice and all, but it’s just not the same without Steve.

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