Last week’s near shutdown of the government occurred because we were supposedly having an intensely “serious” discussion about reducing the federal deficit. But when you look at both the components of the deal that were agreed to, as well as some of the matters that were on the table, it’s hard to take these claims of seriousness very seriously.
As you already know, a lot of the eleventh hour debate concerned Planned Parenthood — an issue that related more to pure partisan antipathy than to a serious attempt to save taxpayers money. That’s not it, though. There’s a slew of things in the deal, or in the discussion of it, that just have nothing to do with cutting the deficit. In fact, there’s a fair amount of things that would actually add to the deficit.
Below are eight prime examples, including a note on whether they made it into the final agreement or not.