You’d think the Left would be happy. You’d honestly think they’d be jumping for joy. After all, Congress was able to avoid a government shutdown with yet another continuing resolution to keep federal services up and running for at least another week.
Why should the Left be excited about this? The answer is simple: Congressional Democrats stood by with their arms folded, refusing to work with Republicans on moving a real budget forward. The Democrats stood to bear the public relations fallout from a government shutdown for their stubborn inaction. So a resolution to avoid the shutdown theoretically should spare the Democrats a world of hurt.
Crisis averted, right? Not really.
You see, the Left is all up in arms over this stopgap budget deal, largely because it was achieved through bipartisan compromise. Case in point: a post at Daily Kos, written by a blogger calling himself “Meteor Blades” (who, in real life, is Timothy Lange, a “journalist in both alternative and traditional print media” and an “activist on civil rights, anti-imperialism, reproductive rights, environmental advocacy and American Indian issues”). The post, entitled “No shutdown. But the big fight remains,” decries the averted shutdown this way:
The fight Democrats put up against defunding women’s health was a righteous one. And if the Republicans had stubbornly chosen to shut down the government over it, they would looked like the mad men they are instead of coming across — to some — as reasonable. Instead they released their hostage and smiled for the cameras, even though it angered some of their tea party wing. Oh, they did manage to screw over women who live in the District of Columbia, but how many Americans will notice that? The deal includes a rider saying the District cannot use its own funds to cover abortions for women who can’t afford one.
Why so glum? The Planned Parenthood funding remained in the budget. Oh wait. It’s because other entitlements were cut:
As for the rest, it was a sucky deal. Billions of dollars axed from programs mostly dedicated to easing the lives of Americans who, even in the best of times, have a rough go of things economically. And these are not the best of times.