Toward the end of his tenure, when he was writing an increasing number of dissents on the Rehnquist Court, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan was asked if he was getting discouraged. He smiled and said, “Look, pal, we’ve always known—the Framers knew—that liberty is a fragile thing. You can’t give up.” And he didn’t.
It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.
About the only good thing that can be said about the budget deal just patched together by House Republican budget chair Paul Ryan and Senate Democratic budget chair Patty Murray is that the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity oppose it.