Here is Carney’s statement on the recently passed budget. I can’t figure out if mentioning deficit reduction as a top priority TWICE in such a short statement is done out of stupidity or cynicism.
“The best that can be said about the Murray-Ryan budget agreement is that it’s better than nothing. And for the first time in a long time, Congress is doing its job. Each chamber voted on a budget. We held a conference committee. We worked out our disagreements. And we took a vote on a compromise bill.
“This agreement brings us back to a rational way of dealing with government spending. But it reduces the deficit only slightly, and gets rid of a small part of the harmful sequestration cuts. The danger will come if we let this agreement make us complacent. We still have a lot of work to do to achieve a balanced deficit reduction plan that includes both smart spending cuts and new revenue. Our country faces a host of fiscal challenges, from Medicare and Medicaid to domestic and defense spending to our complicated tax code.
“I hope that this agreement is just the beginning of a constructive series of serious discussions, reasonable solutions, and fair compromises on both sides of the aisle.”