I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I think it’s good that Republicans did something. On the other, it makes no difference whatsoever, as far as I can tell. Yes, it’s a statement, but one that has absolutely no chance of being anything but an empty exercise. That’s true for many reasons—chief among them the fact that the Senate would never vote for it. But another reason is that only us political junkies are paying attention.
And Democrats will of course use it in 2014 in order to try to gain back the House by saying the mean old Republicans want to take away your Medicare and Social Security. In that way the left preys on the fact that people don’t look at the details. Of course, if they did look at the details, they might get disgusted with both parties.