Sanity and leadership has been sorely lacking this year on Capitol Hill. We would never expect any from the Democrats. Their primary objective seems to be how quickly can they destroy the American economy and impoverish this great nation.
The GOP has been a disappointment as well, not standing up and fighting for real budget cuts. Just when it seemed like it was time to give up, someone in Washington stood up.
The left laughs at Michelle Bachman. That’s okay. They laughed at Ronald Reagan too.
Michelle Bachman and five others voted against the continuing resolution to keep the government running while more budget negotiations take place.
Congressman Bachman released a statement saying, “I am vowing to vote ‘no’ on future Continuing Resolutions to fund the government unless there is specific language included to defund Obamacare and rescind the funding that has already been appropriated.” She also said, “Defunding Obamacare, along with defunding Planned Parenthood, must be non-negotiable planks in our budget negotiations.”
Not only do we have a conservative who gets it but also who stands up for principle. It would have been very easy for Congressman Bachman to go along with the GOP leadership. She could have quietly cast her vote for the continuing resolution and no one would have said a word. Bachman got five others to go along with her in voting against the continuing resolution.
Six votes was not enough to stop the bill but she is not stopping. She is trying to get more votes.
Regrettably, the House leadership has signaled it is unlikely they would do anything to defund Obamacare. House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan said, “Something tells me Obama would not sign it.”
Really Captain Obvious? Perhaps Paul Ryan missed the message of the last election. If the people had wanted a congress that would send bills to the President that he would sign, Nancy Pelosi would still be Speaker of the House. Paul Ryan would still be a minority member.
The secret, which we have kept repeating here on Tea Party Nation, is the House cannot be forced to appropriate money. They can simply say no to spending. Harry Reid and the Senate can refuse to go along and Obama can veto the bills, but guess what? You still cannot force the House to spend money. This is a position of strength the House GOP does not seem to be willing to act from. Instead, most of the leadership wants to abandon their strongest positions and negotiate from a position of weakness.
Ten years ago, the Republicans controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. What did they do with that control? They acted like Democrats. The American people got tired of that and punished them by voting them out. If the GOP leadership in the House does not wake up and offer something other than just going along with the Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of fiscal evil, they are going to find themselves in the minority again and this time they may never come out.
Is there anyone in the House with leadership skills and just a little courage? Yes, Michelle Bachman. By showing some courage and leadership, she should now be on every conservative’s short list for President.