The spin is out in full speed mode this morning. In fact, if the spin gets any worse, I’ll need Dramamine. The media is exulting the “compromise” that averted a government shut down as a great thing. The inside the beltway crowd is applauding John Boehner.
Can someone please tell me how this is anything other than John Boehner hauling up the white flag because he is unwilling to fight? Can anyone please tell me how this is anything but a complete victory for the liberal Democrats, who want to keep spending this country into bankruptcy and poverty?
Conservatives wanted a few things in this budget. We wanted major budget cuts. We wanted Planned Parenthood defunded. We wanted NPR defunded. We wanted the EPA riders so that agency would quit killing jobs.
What did we get?
We got an additional six billion in budget cuts. The deficit is $1.65 trillion for this year. I guess we can now be subtracting $39 billion from that number; assuming Obama’s Libyan war does not go over budget.
Some how, that does not seem like much of a win.
According to Politico, there was a meeting in the Oval office yesterday, with Obama, Boehner, and Joe Biden. Boehner was holding firm that Planned Parenthood be defunded. Joe Biden looked at him and said, that was unacceptable and the Democrats “would take it to the American people,” and blame the GOP for shutting the government down on an ideological issue. Boehner folded immediately.
It is always an advantage when you know your opponent won’t fight.
Last year, Planned Parenthood gave a million dollars to Democrats. Prior Planned Parenthood investments in Democrats have been good for them, as even during the times of a Republican controlled Senate and House, such as 2001-2007, Planned Parenthood received almost a billion dollars from the government. They are a major liberal interest group that should not be receiving government money. Yet they do and the Republicans in Congress lack the courage to turn the faucet off.
NPR remains the media arm for liberalism in America. Why they get government funding is a mystery. Actually, it is not. The Democrats know how to support those who support them and the GOP lacks the courage to do anything about it. In 2004, members of the drive by media told John Kerry, the favorable media coverage he would receive from the left wing media would be worth ten points to him in the polls. Thanks to the media, Kerry almost won in 2004. The media is lopsided enough as it is. Can someone in the GOP please explain why they cannot fight for something as simple as defunding NPR?
I have already received a couple of emails this morning from friends telling me this is a great victory because we are going to get an up or down vote in the Senate on Planned Parenthood funding and Obamacare.
I also have some ocean front property in Tennessee for sale too.
The GOP has a history of promising, “Oh, we will have a vote on this issue.” That is supposed to mean something? A vote is a joke. We do not elect these people to vote on these issues. We elect them to get something done. Does anyone really believe that on either Obamacare or Planned Parenthood funding there will be four Democrats who will defect? That isn’t a concession. That is a joke.
Two days ago, I sent an open letter to Boehner about the budget impasse. In that letter, I told him, you have a great opportunity here. The Government Accounting Office, over a month ago, released a report identifying “hundreds of billions” in waste that could be eliminated from the Federal Budget. Where is Boehner on this? Where are any of the Republicans? No one has done anything with this. As I was talking to reporters yesterday, I mentioned this to several of them. They all remembered the story and were very surprised that no one in DC had done a thing with it. We could have a budget with hundreds of billions in cuts, at a time when we desperately need those cuts, and the cuts would have huge public support. No matter where you stand politically, almost no one favors their tax dollars be wasted.
Now that the liberals have thoroughly defeated John Boehner on the budget, they are going to turn their eyes towards raising the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has already said the debt ceiling needs to be raised by $2 trillion dollars and that will only get us to next November. By then the national debt will be $16 trillion and we will hear the same chorus of voices saying we must raise the debt ceiling again. If we raise the debt ceiling, Congress will continue to spend money.
Our enemy here is the liberal Democrats who want to spend this country into bankruptcy. We need strong GOP leaders who are willing to fight them.
"Our enemy here is the liberal Democrats who want to spend this country into bankruptcy. We need strong GOP leaders who are willing to fight them." From Judson's original post
More, we apperently need GOP leaders who know simple accounting principles. If you've read the recently breaking news, the highly touted $38.5 billion in cuts is in fact closer to $8.3 billion when you calculate actual money that has and will not be spent. The rest of the cuts are "smoke and mirrors" the House Leader promised he would avoid. In fact, the prospects of the deal passing seems to be fading at the time of this post. It's time for incumbents of all stripes to go because frankly, they're either dishonest or too stupid too continue supporting.
I'm reminded of the immortal words of Eric Stratton, President of Delta house in the classic "Animal House"...
"Flounder... you F'd up. You trusted us."
You are correct. A progressives use of the word "Fairness" is based on equal. So Socialism is equal, everyone gets the same regardless of the work they perform, education, skills, motivation, etc. In capitalism, we have winners and losers. With progressives, we cant have losers, everyone must win. Therefore the rich are responsible to take care of the poor because the poor are entitled to fairness.
We are not equal as human beings. Some are smarter, stronger, wiser, faster, better looking, more competitive,
talented than others. That is what makes our society work. Capitalism rewarded skills, talent, abilities, motivation, desire to better oneself and achieve the American dream. With progressives, having more talent, skills, motivations is evil, must be shared with others. Those who earn more have an obligation to share with those who dont. Fairness is stealing from one and giving it to another so that we all have the same. This is immature, immoral and lacks wisdom. We are all not equal. Someone who has more talent that I do does not owe me anything or anyone else. I am not responsible to share my hard earned wealth with anyone. That is my choise with captialism. No moral government has a right steal more from me to give to those I dont approve.
This is my money that I earned, not theres. The govenment works for me, not the other way around.
Lets talk about fairness. Everyone must contribute money (pay taxes) towards support services. If you have children, you must pay for theirr education in taxes. Same with providing for teachers, policemen, libraries, parks, federal agencies, etc. It is fair that the wealthy pay for all the support services for the poor, that the poor pay nothing for education, schools, medical, food, housing, etc. So a wealthy person is responsible to pay let say 150K a year in taxes for those who pay nothing. This is what progressives call fair. So we are unequal when it helps this purpose and cause. So the poor have no obligation to contribute to society, only the rich. The poor are entitled to the weathys money in taxes and entitled to free services. So in an equal society, let the poor pay the same as the rich for the same support services. This is fair, right.
I can hear all the progressive scream now.
This is correct Albert. This was a dog and pony show for the taxpayers. These were small reductions to the increased spending this year. What a joke and a fraud. That is what I expect from progressives and RINO republicans. This is all a game and one big party for both on our dime. These are cowards with no backbone or leadership qualities. We replace an immoral fraud coward (Piglosi) with a spineless Bone Head, yes his name is Bone Head. He tries to tell the American people that this was great negotiations. It was so great, Democrats voted for it. Should we call him Bone Head or Brain Dead? I call him a coward with no leadership. Time to get a new Speaker of the House. This one is a dud!
Thanks for not reducing our 14T, but actually increasing it. Good job Repubs! That is not why we sent you the Washington, to send up a white flag, to get along with immoral progressives. They are the enemy, destroying America. Stand up and be a man. We did not send you their to be Politically correct and get along with the enemy. Tell them to go to hell, cut the budget, do your job or leave. You are replaceable.