Who won and who lost with the FY 2011 budget deal?
Most seem to think Speaker John Boehner did particularly well. He cut the FY 2011 budget a lot more than Democrats wanted, and he wrangled most of his rambunctious freshmen into order.
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"The American people have been told the agreement contains both 'historic' and 'painful' cuts. The question will be painful for whom,” said Rep. George Miller (D) of California in a statement. "Poor and middle class families have already received more than their fair share of pain in this economy while the wealthy and special interests have paid no price.”
In all, 42 Democrats and 28 Republicans in the House voted against the budget deal – generally those to the right of Boehner and those to the left of Obama and Democratic congressional leaders.
To many observers, Obama himself came off as the responsible adult.
“The president looks like the referee,” Democratic strategist Jenny Backus told Daily Beast Washington bureau chief and CNN host Howard Kurtz. “He brings the warring kids into the Oval to negotiate a deal.”
As for Obama’s detached negotiating style, Backus told Kurtz, “He stayed out of it long enough that he doesn’t own the mess.”
But as Winston Churchill said in the dark days of World War II, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Even higher hurdles remain: A vote on the debt ceiling and hammering out spending levels for FY 2012. By comparison, catching up with the last few months of FY 2011 was relatively piddling.
“Much more has to be done to put our nation on a true path to prosperity,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, (R) of Wisconsin said in the GOP’s Saturday radio address. “Earlier this week, the House Budget Committee advanced a new [FY 2012] budget for the United States government that will move the debate in Washington from billions in spending cuts to trillions."
Still, the agreement reached Friday night was, as President Obama said in his Saturday radio address, “the biggest annual spending cut in history.”
“Like any compromise, this required everyone to give ground on issues that were important to them. I certainly did,” he said. “Some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful – programs people rely on will be cut back; needed infrastructure projects will be delayed. And I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances.”