Republican Peeing Analogy

Greg SargentYou gotta love Greg Sargent: he really seems to think that it will matter that Republicans are showing themselves to be intransigent when it comes to Obama’s new Social Security cutting budget. In an article earlier today, he noted that John Boehner and Eric Cantor immediately came out with statement saying, more or less, “Well since we all agree to cut entitlements, why let the president’s wish for tax cuts stand in the way?” He also noted that Obama’s offer of entitlement cuts will probably hurt him politically.

But then he added that this doesn’t put the Republicans in the best situation, “The GOP position—revealed with fresh clarity today—is that we should only cut entitlements but not raise a penny in new revenues by getting rid of any loophole enjoyed by millionaires.” God bless Sargent, but he is being a fool.

Imagine that you are a five year old and your brother is intentionally peeing on the carpet—right in front of your parents. Whenever it happens, they punish you both equally. So you come up with a cunning plan: you’re going to get your brother to pee on the couch instead. Ah, that’ll work!Your parents never cared which of you two was peeing on the carpet. But the couch: that’s a whole new surface! Surely they’ve got to differentiate now!

Really, I think I’m going to have an aneurysm.

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