The fallout is now hitting over the failure of the Super Committee and the consequences of sequestration. One of the major consequences of the automatic budget cuts is going to be draconian cuts to the Defense Department. Some Republicans are already talking about trying to restore that Defense spending and Obama has already threatened a veto.
Who is to blame for this disaster?
The blame is totally on the so-called leadership of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives. I used the term, “so-called” because the problems we are seeing result from a catastrophic failure of leadership.
John Boehner and the leadership punted their roles when the created the Super Committee.
Why? Because the current leadership of the House of Representatives believes that compromise is the goal and when compromise is the goal, surrender is always the first option.
The ugly truth here is that the Super-Committee was a bad idea. Newt Gingrich called it “a really dumb idea.” This comes from a man who when he was House Speaker went head to head with Bill Clinton and managed to balance the budget.
The Super Committee was an abdication of leadership. It was the proverbial Washington solution. It would accomplish almost nothing and the politicians could blame someone else for their failure.
The actions of the Republican leadership in creating this mess was nothing more than an exercise in Bovine Scatology!
Article One, Section Seven of the Constitution provides that “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” While some think that means the House has origination jurisdiction for tax bills only, Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 66 said, "The exclusive privilege of originating money bills will belong to the House of Representatives."
The House of Representatives has traditionally held that all spending bills must originate there as well, and Hamilton’s language would seem to support that idea.
So why didn’t they do it here?
Instead of a “Super Committee,” all the House had to do was refuse to spend money. The Senate and even Obama could have refused to go along with it, but they cannot force the House of Representatives to spend money.
Would there have been a confrontation? Yes.
What would have been the outcome?
Given Barack Obama’s lack of stomach for a fight, the House and the Republicans would have won that fight. Unfortunately, the House leadership was unwilling to stand up for America.
Shortly after Boehner took over as Speaker, I was talking to a source of mine in DC told me that Boehner had been working hard to “co-opt” the freshman class and had about three quarters of them on board with him. Boehner is no fool. The only votes that count for the Speaker’s chair are those of the Republican members of Congress. 2012 will almost certainly bring an increase in the number of Republicans in the House, thanks to redistricting and hopefully a good Republican nominee for President. Boehner has enough votes to remain as Speaker.
The only good news out of that scenario is that Boehner will be unlikely to buck a Republican President. So as long as that President is not Mitt Romney, we should be in good shape.
But as we look at the fallout from the failure of the Super-Committee, let’s not forget what got us here. What got us here is the establishment Republicans who still control the Party.
At the risk of being very repetitive, we need to have conservatives in control of the Republican Party. If you are not a part of your local GOP, join and get involved at the Precinct level. This is how we can change the party. This is how we control the party.
This is how we make sure that we never again see a fiasco like we are now enduring.
Yeah. Keep dreaming. Political Office, both Federal and State.
The last refuge for the truly incompetent and irresponsible.
Our Federal Government has become nothing more than one gigantic Feeding Trough for the PIGS that hold "high office" in both the Federal and State Government Environments.
We the :People are the "suckers" that feed Them.
They in turn laugh at US and at best regard "We the People" with a "grinning" condescending contempt.
We ARE the fools for letting Them do so.
It's just as well...anything they would have come up with would be unconstitutional since no representatives other than those 12 committee members would have ever gotten to vote on it. Everyone else was disenfranchised!
Boehner sucked into a crazy deal.
He gave up the GOP majority count in the House and allowed the Committee to be equally populated with GOP and Dems.
Then, he really screwed up and allowed the Senate to put members on the Committee. The House is responsible for writing appropriations, not the Senate !
This spineless immoral wimp needs to be replaced in 2012, plain and simple.
But the House writes the spending bills.
They have plenty of time for campaign for President or reelection for Congress. While they are performing this self serving function, who is performing their full time job in DC and in their districts? As you can see, this job is a part time function with more than full time salary and benefits.
The clown in the oval office must not be that busy, since he spends 90% of his time campaigning. He obviously does not have a full time job either. Time to reduce salaries and make each position part time, paid for part time work.
We need much more drastic cuts if we are going to tackle our debt/overspending problem!
A new song performed by a friend "We Won't Let America Die" shows exactly the kind of fighting spirit we need more of.
Hey stupid..this is not a footnball game where you trade insults with other simple minded people. Boehner is very much a part of the Republican Party and has done a lot for it. Why don't you find a Liberal forum and swap ignorant insults with them?
Simmer down,John B.
Boehner signed up for the biggest mistake of the year.
1. He gave up his majority position in the House. The Committee is equally Republicans and Democrats.
2. He allowed Senators onto the Committee. Why would we have any representation from the Senate, run by that scumbag Harry Reid? The House makes appropriations, not the Senate.
3. Having the Committee call the shots takes away the fear that the whole Congress should be feeling, about being re-elected or not!
4. And, then, he didn't allow any discussion or amendments on the Committee's finished product. So, where is the accountability, when the Congress has only an "Up-Or-Down" vote on the issue.
Boehner is beyond stupid. He gave away the farm to the Wily Democrats -- they won again, as usual, by default of the GOP !
And, by the way, the GOP also gave Obama a perfect entree to blame the GOP for the lack of action, when the Committee fails to come up with a plan.
What a jerk !
Spot on John.
Lets not forget the 2.4T debt increase to keep up the spending spree and increase the deficit to 16.5T.
Bone Head is simply a moron, not capable to understand the art of negotiations.
The Deadline- Midnight 12/16/1773
As one "deadline" after another in the Debt crisis goes by, I am
reminded of another "deadline" faced by the patriots of Boston in
December of 1773. Unless they took action by the 16th, the Tea would
be landed and the Tax on it would become law.
Some 5000 to 7000 of them...the population of Boston was only 18,000...
crowded into Old South Meeting House on that cold, rainy morning determined to prevent landing of the Tea, "whatever the consequences". In this latest attempt at "Taxation without Representation" their relations with the British parliament had reached a tipping point. By midnight they would
either make history, or, be history, risking all, one might say, to "get the gov't off their backs"
Next day John Adams, well aware of the key role which his older cousin
Samuel had played behind the scenes, wrote this in his diary. "There is
a Dignity, a Majesty, a Sublimity in this last Effort of the Patriots that
I greatly admire...This Destruction of the Tea is so bold, so daring, so
firm, intrepid, & inflexible, and it must have so important Consequences
and so lasting, that I cannot but consider it as an Epocha in History..."
Meanwhiile, the "rebellious stripes", America's first flag, flew atop the
Liberty Tree, awaiting the next turn of events in the rebellion which
became a Revolution.