Levin: $23 Billion Budget Cut Deal Is ‘The Price of Mustard’ at the Baseball Stadium

By James Beattie | December 16, 2013 | 4:06pm EST

Mark Levin criticized the budget deal on Friday, saying that a reduction of $23 billion over 10 years to the deficit is comparable to the “price of mustard” at the baseball stadium.”

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a joint press conference last week that the budget deal pending a vote in the Senate reduces the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. The deal comfortably passed in the House on Thursday.

“Republicans are bragging about the House vote yesterday, that it was a huge bipartisan vote for the speaker, a huge bipartisan vote for Paul Ryan. A huge bipartisan vote to avoid, you know, a government shutdown and all the kind of intrigue and drama that goes along with that sort of thing. Ladies and gentlemen, it was a huge bipartisan vote to increase spending and to increase the debt, and to break the huge bipartisan vote they had back in July or August of 2011, which was the previous time that they were very, very serious about spending and the debt and the debt ceiling. That’s how we got the sequestration.”

“You and I didn’t invent the sequestration, Obama invented it, and the Republicans embraced it. Now they act like it’s a complete disaster. They create these disasters. Then they get together. They work out some other ridiculous deal. We’re all supposed to keep following along and agreeing with everything they’re doing. What are they doing?

This unfunded liability problem is growing every single day. Last year it grew by $6.9 trillion. Forget about the budget, unfunded liabilities, entitlements, and so forth. Last year, it grew by $6.9 trillion, and it’s gonna grow by about the same amount. So it’s getting close to $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, and they’re not doing a damn thing about it, and if you listen to the media, and if you listen to these politicians, this is the best we can do.”

“So we get this huge bipartisan vote to do nothing except increase spending. ‘But don’t worry. We’re gonna get $23 billion over 10 years.’ This is a joke. It’s like going to a baseball stadium, and you look at all the expenses at the baseball stadium - the players, the stadium, the utilities, everything else. That’s the price of mustard at the damn stadium.”

“Then I hear it said time and again, ‘All the Republicans need to do is win the Senate, so be quiet. Don’t talk about that. It’s a bad deal. It’s the best we can do. Don’t say anything. Shh. Quiet. Focus on Obamacare.’ Well, what did I say to Paul Ryan when he said that? ‘Okay, I’m focused on Obamacare. Now what are you gonna do about it?’ They’re not gonna do anything about it.”

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