As more details emerge about the Senate’s hastily-passed deal to avert the “fiscal cliff”, the scale of the GOP’s capitulation grows more troubling. This morning, it looked as if the Senate GOP had overwhelmingly voted for a $620 Billion tax increase in exchange for almost no real spending cuts. That’s bad enough, but an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office reveals that the deal actually contains $330 Billion in new spending over the next 10 years. More than half of the new tax revenue won’t go to plugging the deficit, but increasing the size of government.
The deal adds around $50 Billion in new spending this year, primarily an extension of unemployment benefits and the “doc fix”, a measure to prevent cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors. The deal also includes an extension of various tax credits first enacted in the stimulus bill.