Sporadic insanity normal.
- Sep 9, 2005
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
(CNN)Leading progressives are threatening to reject a rules package backed by Democratic leadership over a requirement they believe could thwart their most ambitious policy plans.
New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and California Rep. Ro Khanna said Wednesday they will vote against any guidelines that include a provision known as "PAYGO," or "pay as you go," which requires that new spending be offset by matching cuts or increases in revenue.
Progressives who support programs like "Medicare-for-all" and other policies likely to increase government expenditures worry that the rule would create a self-imposed obstacle with limited political upside -- and come across as a sign that Democrats are committed to the austerity economics championed, at least rhetorically, by conservative groups.
I completely agree with Ocasio-Cortez and Khanna on this.
PayGo is utterly unacceptable.
I'm a bit upset with the democrats for even considering doing such a thing, although I can't say it's surprising.
It is a thinly veiled attempt to put in place a rule they can point to later and use it as a reason not to support necessary action.