Again, the notion of what is “equality” or “shared sacrifice” truly begs the question if anyone in this town has any grasp on reality.
But Mr. Schumer sketched out a key area of disagreement, the components of a trigger for what would happen if Congress does not follow up with a second round late this year, based on recommendations by the commission. That is still under negotiation, he said.
“The key to the trigger is one word, equality,’’ he said. “It should be equally tough on Democrats and Republicans.’’ He proposed a series of policy defaults that would take effect if Congress could not agree, to encourage such agreement.
For example, he said, it might include steps anathema to Democrats, like cutting college scholarships for middle-class children or prescription drug benefits. And for Republicans, he said, “They would have to do things they hate, like close loopholes for oil companies, and corporate jets.’’