Tonight it is about how the Republican Congress is Flogging the House Rules and complicit in the rising Bush deficit. From the New York Times:
The stage for this political spectacle was a vote over a Democratic proposal to counter Mr. Bush's demand for unaffordable tax cuts by requiring offsetting savings in spending if the president's "temporary" cuts are to be made permanent. The vote was supposed to last five minutes, but it was held open for 23 extra minutes in a clear abuse of House rules.
The meaning of “increase” here is critical to understanding the budget proposal in context. With no policy changes and very optimistic assumptions, the “baseline” deficit is projected to drop to $170 billion in 2009. Thus, doing nothing implies an automatic decrease from the projected 2005 level of $323 billion. In contrast, the resolution proposes tax and spending changes that would put the deficit at $231 billion in 2009—$61 billion higher than the baseline level of $170 billion.Economic Policy Institute
Who was that guy who excoriated Reagan for "Voodoo economics" and why didn't he teach his son to pronounce the word "nuclear?"
In the meantime, domestic spending is projected to go down, despite a massive and ineffective prescription drug plan. And people around the country can't get the healthcare they need and are getting their jobs outsourced while Mr. Snow speechifies about the glories of said outsourcing. These are bizarre and scary times.