Today was supposed to be a good day for House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
After withstanding months of attacks from both conservative and liberal activists — and against all odds — Pelosi managed to retake the House gavel on Thursday afternoon.
It was supposed to be a day of triumph for Pelosi. Instead, an internal revolt left her scrambling to gain support for just the second bill Democrats have put forward.
Before she could even be sworn in, Pelosi got the dreadful news: Far-left liberal leaders announced that they were in full revolt and had promised to do everything in their power to stop her agenda.
New York socialist Alexandria Orcasio-Cortez and California Dem. Ro Khanna both vowed to vote against new rule changes put forward by Pelosi “because of the inclusion of a fiscal measure known as ‘pay as you go,’ or PAYGO. That rule, echoing a provision in federal law and in the Senate’s rules, would require the House to offset any spending so as not to increase the budget deficit.”
In other words, far-left leaders are already chomping at the bit to run-up the U.S. deficit by as much as they possibly can — and not even Pelosi has deep enough pockets.
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If anyone had the delusion that this new Congress will be sane, remember that leadership is already going LEFT of Nancy Pelosi on the first day.
Let that scary thought sink in for a moment.
“Defeat of the rules legislation would be an embarrassing setback for Pelosi that could herald future division in the Democratic caucus” The San Francisco Gate wrote. “More importantly, for the short term, the House cannot proceed with legislative business at the start of each new Congress until the rules are settled.”
Ocasio-Cortez and her far-left allies have argued that forcing a balance budget is a “dark political maneuver” that prevents government spending on unpaid for projects — like the $5 trillion dollar “Medicaid-For-All” plan Democratic Socialists have promised their voters.
Instead, these liberal lawmakers argue that Republican austerity measures that limit government spending is just “bad economics.”
Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO.
PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains; it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg.
We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start. https://t.co/WW3UaBs7vh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 2, 2019
Someone get these two an economic textbook.
We recommend they start at the 100-level.
— Stephen Dietrich is the Associate Publisher of The Horn News