As the U.S. Congress heads to a showdown on budget cuts — the current continuing resolution runs out next week — expect to hear Democrats use the word “extreme” repeatedly. Why? The Washington Examiner reports Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was caught by reporters rehearsing his lines with other Democrats on a conference call. Schumer didn’t realize reporters were already listening in.
Schumer instructed the group, made up of Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Tom Carper of Delaware, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, to tell reporters that the GOP is refusing to negotiate.
He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as “extreme.”
“I always use extreme, Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use.”
Someone must have finally told Schumer that the media were listening and he stopped talking midsentence.
What I call “extreme” is a $1.6 trillion deficit and a nearly $15 trillion debt.
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