(Gee, Bill, what do you want to do tonight?)
(Oh. I guess that settles that. Oh well).
At any rate...where was I...oh, yes, Stan Collender. He had a solid post pointing out one of the many technical difficulties in getting McConnell's plan to work as advertised:
McConnell is hanging his political hat on the fact that his proposal would require that the president send Congress a list of spending cuts equal to the increase in the government's borrowing authority he's requesting. The presumption, of course, is that the president will take significant political heat for specific proposals. But this is easy to get around. What happens if, instead of sending Congress a specific list of proposed cuts, the White House simply sends a list of every program in the budget and says that the savings could come from any combination it -- that is, Congress -- chooses?Not bad, but not nearly the best that could be done. After all, McConnell can, perhaps, legislate that the president must submit a list of cuts -- but he can't force Obama to support those cuts. What I'd advise the president to do, in the unlikely event the thing becomes law, is to submit and condemn an appropriate-sized list of cuts found in the House-passed (and GOP Senator supported) Ryan budget. The most egregious ones, natch.
Mind you, I'm not opposed at all to McConnell's plan, and as I said earlier today I think he's basically acting responsibly here. As a model of sound construction, however, I do think his plan could use a little work.