The Senate voted 80-17 Thursday in favor of a plan proposed by Democrat leaders and endorsed by President Donald Trump to keep the government funded for three months. The bill includes a measure for more than $15 billion in funding for hurricane relief efforts.
“The debt ceiling has become meaningless,” Glenn said on radio Friday.
Earlier this week, Trump shocked Republican leadership by striking a deal with “Chuck and Nancy,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), for the bill increasing the spending limit. Republican leaders wanted to fund the government for 18 months, taking them through the 2018 midterms, while Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) proposed plans that would pay for hurricane relief funding and scale back on spending, respectively.
“What if the deal included automatic spending cuts if the budget is upside-down?” Glenn proposed. He pointed out why government spending is out of control: “Call me crazy, but maybe if they had to actually have to have a budget in place in the first place.”
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GLENN: You know, perhaps The Art of the Deal needs a sequel. The chance to make a real positive difference. It turns out the deal Trump cut with Schumer, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to increase the debt ceiling for three months wasn’t the only deal he was working on. Trump and Schumer also discussed developing a plan that would no longer require Congress to routinely raise the debt ceiling.
What it would do is get rid of the federal limit on government borrowing, so they would never, ever have to discuss the debt ever again.
First reaction is, wow, that’s a little irresponsible, maybe of the highest order. And, of course, that’s completely true. However, the second reaction, maybe this presents us with a sort of weird, unique opportunity.
The debt ceiling has become meaningless. It doesn’t mean anything to people anymore. And it just — what? We’re not going to pay our bills? No, that’s a complete and total lie.
So maybe we do look at this as an opportunity. What if the deal included automatic spending cuts if the budget is upside down? Yeah, I know. It never happened.
But call me crazy, but maybe, if they had to actually have to have a budget in place in the first place. I know. I know. Having a budget. That’s too much to ask, don’t you think? Or a two-thirds supermajority to exceed the budgeted spending levels.
The principle of this sort of a deal would be to force Congress to prioritize its spending. Because they’re spending too much. And I’m sorry, there’s no place to cut. Turtle tunnels comes to mind. That’s no big deal.
Then cut the turtle tunnels. The only thing we take less seriously than our border is our debt ceiling. And both of them will be the death of us.
I like the fact that Washington every so often has to squirm. They have to feel the weight of their own failure and figure out another debt ceiling increase. I like that.
The only way that it should go away is if you can actually pass something meaningful to restrain spending. Not to continue this Kabuki theater that is the debt ceiling.
If the president can pull that off, I think he’ll sell a hell of a lot of copies of The Art of The Deal, Part Two.