Like little stars.
UPDATE: The budget deal ended up passing easily, 260-167. 59 Republicans voted no, 81 Democrats voted yes.
Passage of the continuing resolution is unlikely to be in jeopardy. Enough House Democrats will vote for the legislation to see it through. But Boehner could conceivably be embarrassed if the number of ticked off Tea Partyers grows too high, suggesting a split in the House Republican caucus that Democrats might be able to exploit in future budget battles.
But if Boehner think he can whip votes with tweets, he’d better hope his caucus isn’t paying attention to the rest of the twitterverse. Because you don’t have to look far for rebuttals. Boehner touts spending $78.5 billion less this year than an Obama budget that was proposed but never enacted. How about the Congressional Budget Office score of the continuing resolution that suggests the real savings this year will only be $353 million? Four “controversial” czars eliminated? Politico reports that the occupants of those positions had already either left the administration or moved on to other jobs.
But the best line by far has to be “These are real cuts, though this agreement isn’t perfect.” What a concession! It strains the imagine to think what might constitute a “perfect” agreement by the standards of House conservatives. Provisions to blow up the Departments of Education, Commerce, and Labor? The elimination of the income tax? Complete privatization of Medicare and Social Security?
Who gets bought off by the “this isn’t perfect” line? Nothing’s ever perfect!
Of course, in politics, I suppose some things are more perfect than others — and the number of Republicans who vote for Boehner’s budget compromise will go a long way toward establishing where on that spectrum this deal lies.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.