Well, no surprise here… the budget deal crafted by Paul Ryan and Democrat Senator Patty Murray, that pretty much everyone hates, passed the house with both parties split. Republicans were split 169-62, while Democrats divided themselves 163-32.
Amazingly, many Tea Party types were joined in voting ‘no’ by Progressive Left Democrats, who were upset because they felt the deal didn’t create enough new spending, plus it was not tied to an extension of emergency unemployment insurance aid which set to expire before the end of the year. The budget reverses some automatic cuts and set spending levels for the next two years.
In the end, the party leadership in both parties crammed this through. Paul Ryan (R-WI) counseled “not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) , telling Democrats to “embrace the suck” of the agreement.
The House primarily passed a budget bill in an effort to prevent another embarrassing government shutdown, which both parties wanted to avoid with and election in 2014
It pretty much stinks to high heaven. It allows a large increase more discretionary spending now in exchange for a paltry $23 billion in cuts much later…maybe.
It amounts to a two-year deal that would reduce the deficit by a piddling $23 billion over ten years without raising taxes. It would also increase discretionary spending ( the money not on autopilot for entitlements like ObamaCare) to $1.012 trillion for fiscal year 2014 and $1.014 trillion for fiscal year 2015.To put this in context, our deficit is now $17 trillion. $2.3 billion per year doesn’t even cover the annual interest on that money at current rates.
The money to replace the actual cuts of the sequester, $63 billion, would be raised by ‘new revenues’, known to normal humans as increased taxes and fees and by “future cuts,” dependent on the Democrats actually going along with them. Again, in the real world, this is known as ‘hey, lend me $20 until the end of the month and I swear, pinky promise that this time I really will pay you back.’
Oh, and that $63 billion? It comes, among other things, from vastly increased airline ‘security fees’ which won’t go to the TSA but into general revenues, cuts to federal and military pensions and higher payments for federal insurance of private pensions. Hey, the little people won’t miss it!
David Stockman, President Reagan’s former budget director said:
The political rationale for the GOP in crafting our first budget in five years is that they want to avoid a government shutdown becoming the main topic of conversation rather than the failure of ObamaCare. I reject that utterly… first of all because it says implicitly that there isn’t a Republican in the house or senate capable of explaining to the American people what kind of road to ruin we’re on, and why they threat of a shutdown is necessary to make President Obama and his party institute some kind of fiscal sanity, and second because ObamaCare is going to continue to be the gift that keeps on giving as employer offered plans are targeted starting January 2014.
Even if that wasn’t true, it is no excuse for congressmen and congresswomen to totally abandon their responsibility because of what the consultant class is telling them. They are, after all, there to govern.
I have no idea at this point what to make of Paul Ryan. He’s obviously a smart guy, but what are we to make of someone who claims to champion fiscal responsibility on the one hand while endorsing budget busting amnesty for illegal aliens on the other?
Here, by the way are the names of those in the house who voted against this, with the Republicans in the non-italicized print.
As for John Boehner and the rest of the GOP leadership, the sooner they’re gone, the better.
A plan for Boehner: I think we can all agree that John Boehner is a complete and utter failure as House Speaker. Marble-mouthed, unprincipled, double-dealing and cowardly are among the more positive attributes I can think of. Consider the man’s actions over the two-and-a-half years that have elapsed since the Tea Party movement and Constitutional Conservatives brought him to power:
• Despite an unprecedented series of White House scandals — including, but not limited to gun-running to Mexican drug cartels, the Benghazi cover-up, IRS-gate, and repeated perjurious testimony to Congress — John Boehner refuses to name a Select Investigative Committee or demand a Special Prosecutor.
• In fact, in the case of the Benghazi cover-up, even though 75 percent of House Republicans want a Select Committee formed, Boehner refuses. That’s right: John Boehner refuses to name a Special Committee on Benghazi, with dedicated budget, resources and staff — and won’t even tell us why.
• And what could be the reason? Some have speculated that Boehner has secretly cut a deal with Democrats in exchange for, well, who knows? Suffice it to say that if John Boehner is negotiating for you, you’re going to walk out of the room wearing only your underwear. My guess is he really has cut a secret deal with Obama and Reid, perhaps regarding the debt ceiling or some other act of surrender that sells out the American people in exchange for his consolidation of more power.
• And what is John Boehner’s top priority right now? That’s right: Amnesty. Legalizing tens of millions of illegal aliens, which we know for a fact will vote by a stunning 8-to-1 margin for Democrats. Brilliant.
• As for de-funding Obamacare? That, too, Boehner refuses to do, instead holding fan-dance votes to repeal Obamacare, knowing that said bills will never see the light of day in the Senate. The Constitution grants the House of Representatives the power of the purse. Boehner could de-fund Obamacare — completely — if he wished, letting Obama try to rally support for his despotic and failed testament to central planning. But this Boehner will not do, because it requires brains, courage, principles and cojones.
So what do we do about John Boehner?
While there are grassroots efforts emerging to primary Boehner in Ohio’s 8th District — and we wish them all possible success — the time has come to consider an alternative plan. A nuclear option, if you will.
Assuming that Boehner wins his primary in OH-8, I suggest we rally support among Tea Party and Constitutional Conservatives in that district to vote. To vote Democrat.
That single seat has virtually no chance of swinging the majority in the House one way or the other. A newly elected Democrat in that very Red seat will be a back-bencher and virtually powerless. This will give time to the district (and it is a very conservative district by all accounts) to assemble a credible candidate should one not emerge in 2014.
I would never advocate such a tactic in the Senate even though Mitch McConnell is Boehner-lite. In the Senate the odds of taking majority control are simply too tempting to chance returning the dimwitted crackpot from Searchlight, Nevada to a seat of power.
But Boehner, on the other hand, is such an egregious failure, such a cowardly and un-principled operator, that he must be ripped out of the Speaker’s chair by any means necessary.
Let’s see what happens in OH-8, but I suggest we fund and vociferously support any — and I do mean any — Boehner opponent. Enough is enough.