Are Democrats Taking on Their Sacred Cows?
5:07 PM, Jul 13, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On MSNBC this afternoon, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.) told Andrea Mitchell that Republicans ought to be willing to sacrifice their "sacred cows" in a debt ceiling deal if they want to see reductions to the deficit. She said the GOP should follow the lead of her own party:
“The president proposed that we deal with this very big problem in a big way and that Democrats should put all of our sacred cows on the table," Wasserman Schultz said. "We demonstrated that we're willing to put all our sacred cows on the table."
Is it really the case that "all" of the Democrats' sacred cows are on the table? The repeal of Obamacare, for instance, might be considered the most sacred of them all, yet as the Hill reports, that option was "off the table" from the beginning:
It's apparent that cutting spending is another sacred cow that Democrats are unwilling to sacrifice on their own. Most of the spending cuts discussed in the various negotiations appear to be small and focus on "waste, fraud and abuse" or cuts to defense. And as Matt Continetti notes in this week's newsletter, the president seems wholly uninterested in any significant spending cuts, to entitlements or otherwise:
So when Wasserman Schultz says Democrats have kept their sacred cows on the table, to which ones is she referring?