I disagree with the substance of the Grand Bargain budget proposal, which is beleive is DOA having already been rejected by Speaker Boehner, as well as the pre-compromising tactic. That said, I wondered if it would change anyone's conduct going forward (other than getting upset on a blog). Barack Obama is not on the ballot again, and when I voted for him in 2012, I knew this (or something like this) was a possibility. In my view, he is still far better than Romney, and I'd vote for him again, even though I don't like this. But that is looking backward.
What about forward? My state has no real races other than state auditor in 2014. My congressman was tied with a few others for "most liberal" in the last ratings, and he will win with about 80% of the vote (I live in a Democratic vote sink). I stopped giving to the DCCC and DSCC a long time ago because I could not control my donations, who got them. I probably will donate less than I have in the past, but that's for financial reasons more than anything (I have more dependants with my partner's chidren and took a pay cut in the recession. Family comes first with me.) I'll probably vote for Hillary in 2016, even though she is more centrist than I like. And I'll make a few $25 contributions in 2014 to progressive candidates. I gave OFA $15 when it transformed, but I was not going to give more. This makes less likely to give to OFA, but since I was not going to anyway, it's not a big deal.
Now I'm sure some will say I'm the problem. If only I withheld my vote and money, surely the socialist transformation would occur. But since I only give to progressives (except presidential elections), I'm not sure striking would do much. It would give me more money for my family. And my vote has little impact, except for my state rep who is a progressive.
I'd like to avoid flame wars, but no doubt some folks need them. I'm interested in what impact, if any, today's proposed budget has on real actions by you going forward. Some people have said they won't vote. That's their choice. Others are done with the Dems. So be it. Their choice.
For me, it leaves me in the same place I've been for more than a decade. Support the most left viable candidate. I'm pretty much down with the Daily Kos project of moving the Democratic Party left, but I know we are far from there.
Let me know in the comments what you think.