Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) detailed on the Senate floor on Tuesday how Ryan and Murray used double counting accounting methodologies to make it appear as though they cut the deficit. Similar tactics, Sessions noted, have been used in big pieces of legislation like Obamacare.
In the section-by-section analysis of the Ryan-Murray plan that Senate Budget Committee GOP staff published on Monday, Sessions’ staff determined the amount of money double-counted in deficit reduction in this bill to be $28 billion.
So if I tell you that I’m going to borrow $100, and you agree, but then I take $200, that’s called theft and fraud — and I get indicted, prosecuted, convicted and thrown in prison.
Where are the damned handcuffs for Ryan and Murray? This sort of behavior should be met with an immediate indictment no matter who does it.