The revolution will not be deficit-neutral. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Last year, House Republicans voted to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit, for the sake of delivering enormous tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. Now, as one of their first acts upon taking power, House Democrats are preparing to prohibit themselves from adding a penny to the deficit for any purpose — including investments in things like climate preparedness, which could plausibly pay for themselves in the long run. This plan has outraged the party's far-left flank, seeding a (small-scale) rebellion against Nancy Pelosi's leadership before she's even taken the Speaker's gavel. And all of this constitutes a welcome sign of progress. But before we examine why this particular episode of "Dems in Disarray" is a happy one, let's take a more detailed look at the plot. The Washington Post 's Mike DeBonis and Jeff Stein offer a succinct synopsis: House Democratic leaders faced the prospect of a liberal rebellion on their first day in charge after prominent Democrats said they would oppose a package of rules changes endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, the incoming speaker. Rep. Ro Khanna (Calif.) and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) said they would vote against… Read full this story
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