Pelosi: 'There are no more cuts to make'
Maybe after we read the budget, we'll actually find out what's in it and be able to find a dollar or two we don't have to spend.
But really, how silly is this. A $3.7 trillion budget and every dollar is necessary for the smooth functioning of government and the flow of services to the people? Delusional thinking is not confined to one side of the aisle.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that while deficit reduction is a laudable goal, there are precious few spending cuts left to negotiate in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
"The cupboard is bare," the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "There's no more cuts to make."
"We all want to reduce the deficit," she added. "Put everything on the table, review it, but you cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts. Right now you're taking trophies."
Pelosi said raising the debt ceiling is "an issue that really shouldn't be a conversation," defending President Barack Obama's record on deficit reduction so far.
She blasted House Republicans who eye reductions to entitlement funding and took aim at them on a budget strategy tied to defunding Obamacare that she said amounts to them as "legislative arsonists."
But on both issues, Pelosi sought to distinguish House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) from many of his members.
"I certainly don't paint the speaker with that brush, but there are enough of them in their caucus to shut down the government," Pelosi said. "That would be a victory for them."
There are entire agencies and departments that could disappear tomorrow and we'd hardly notice it. Only delusional liberals think otherwise. Everyone knows the government is too big, too expensive and too powerful for its own good and needs to be trimmed. But as long as lawmakers like Pelosi have influence, no Washington lobby need fear that its pet programs will disappear or even be cut substantially.