As Government Teeters Towards Budget Shutdown, Barney Frank Says GOP Living in 'Cloud Cuckoo Land'

House Dems were looking to compromise with GOP leaders in order to avoid a total shutdown, but today, House Speaker John Boehner bucked claims that the parties had settled in the night, reports ABC.

This morning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reiterated that lawmakers had reached an agreement on the number of spending cuts.

“We’re continuing to work very very hard to avoid the terrible consequences that would come with a government shutdown,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “Democrats and Republicans have agreed upon a number on which to base our budget cuts – that number is $73 billion below the President’s budget proposal. Now we have to figure out how to get to that 73 number.”

Not so fast, Boehner countered a bit later this morning.

“There’s no agreement on numbers and nothing has been agreed to until everything has been agreed to,” Boehner said at a news conference.

Boehner, of course, has been willfully ignorant about the ins and outs of the budget process in the past, bragging about his ability to 'delegate.' And, as Tea Partiers rallied outside basically suggesting the government just defund everything, Barney Frank got in a zinger.

Referring to Eric Cantor's absurd, symbolic 'law of the land' bill, which would make the GOP budget cuts law if the Senate failed to agree on them, Frank said the GOP is living in 'cloud cuckoo land.'

"It is possible to take him literally, and he says this will become the law of the land — you don't understand what land he is talking about," Frank countered in an interview on MSNBC. "As with Congresswoman [Michele] Bachmann [R-Minn.] and some others, we are talking about people who sometimes inherit — inhabit — 'cloud cuckoo land.' And in 'cloud cuckoo land,' yeah, that could be the case."

It could be.

Random Arts Bonus: Here's the perfect song to soundtrack the GOP's fantasia, Takako Minekawa's 1997 single 'Cloud Cuckoo Land.'

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 31, 2011, 6:51am

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