Summation of Rant:
It’s bad for America but great for President Obama & Co.
The End the Slowdown and Raise the Debt Ceiling Bill is now “the law of the land.”
The Senate passed the bill (81 to 18 with more than half of the Republicans voting “yes”). Then the House of Boehner passed it (286 to 144 with 81 Republicans voting “yes” but more than 60% of House Republicans opposed).
The Government slowdown is finished, “we” have financed additional Governmental waste by multiple agencies through January 15th and raised the debt limit from sixteen trillion, six hundred and sixty-nine billion dollars to an apparently unspecified amount through February 7th. If there is a specified amount, I haven’t found it. And, according to this article at Breitbart,
Capitol Hill talk regarding the Senate deal apparently includes a provision that would take away the Congress’ power to increase the debt ceiling. According to Politico, it looks like the buzz appears to be true.: [Emphasis added.]
The plan includes a proposal offered by McConnell in the 2011 debt ceiling crisis that allows Congress to disapprove of the debt ceiling increase, which means lawmakers will formally vote on whether to reject a debt ceiling increase until Feb. 7. Obama can veto that legislation if it passes. If Congress fails as expected to gather a two-thirds majority to override the veto, the debt ceiling would be raised.
Even in the extremely unlikely event that the Senate agreed with the House, a presidential veto would not be overridden. However, it appears that the provision would only apply to the next debt ceiling vote. It’s a bit confusing but it’s all special whatever it means, because our CongressCritters are there to
get reelected help us.
Whatever the new debt limit may be, it will also be the new baseline, with no roll back likely; it’s a keeper until it gets increased and that will happen sooner rather than later. Oh. There was a Republican winner. The bill as passed by the senate included either a three billion dollar or 2.1 billion dollar increase for a dam
n project in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s state. There is a bit more here.
How the cave in came
Speaker Boehner had said earlier on Wednesday that the Senate bill would most likely pass even if a Republican majority voted against it, as they did.
House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House “absolutely” will take up the new Senate budget plan — even if he has to rely on mostly Democrats to pass it — and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday. Boehner made the comments in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM. “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he said. Boehner spoke as the Senate was preparing to vote on a recently struck bipartisan deal to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. . . . . Asked Wednesday if he’d let the House vote, even if a majority of Republicans wouldn’t support it, Boehner said: “Oh, absolutely.” But Boehner added he’ll encourage Republicans to support it. “We fought the good fight. There’s no reason for our members to vote no today,” he said. Boehner said he anticipates the partial shutdown will be over by Thursday. [Emphasis added.]
Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), said to be a conservative, predicted that it would “pass overwhelming out of the House tonight with both Republican and Democrat support.” Not only that, but
The Tea Party lawmaker also said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will emerge from the shutdown not damaged, but “a hundred percent stronger.” “No one blames him for this. We didn’t have the votes. We did not have the votes yesterday,” Mulvaney said. “I supported the compromise that the speaker offered yesterday, so did really good conservatives, myself, Jim Jordan, Raul Labrador, Justin Amash. We supported that compromise. We could not get him the votes. That was our failure. We did not deliver the votes in the House. It wasn’t the speaker’s fault.”
The Democrats’ plan doesn’t do a thing about our spending problem. It doesn’t change the trajectory that Obama will be the first president in American history to never have a budget during his entire run as president. It won’t make him a worthy or responsible steward of the nation. But it is a surrender for the Republicans.
House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House “absolutely” will take up the new Senate budget plan — even if he has to rely on mostly Democrats to pass it — and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday.
Boehner made the comments in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM.
“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he said.
No, they didn’t. The Republicans got nothing. Obamacare goes forward, only now the government actually has to verify the subsidies. The debt ceiling is raised, the government will re-open tomorrow, so no more park rangers locking old people into hotels.
Praise the Lard! We have been saved by surrender!
Now that our Big Strong Little President has won, will He will turn His masterful
non negotiating skills toward Iran, North Korea, Islamists and foreign enemies everywhere?Why certainly. Not.
Maybe the RINO establishment thinks its surrender has beat the nasty Democrats. The joys of ObamaCare remain essentially untouched. And they are joys indeed; the roll out has been a disaster and it will get worse — if and when the “technical problems” are resolved.
Not only are we stuck with ObamaCare, but “we” can now waste even more money than before. But don’t worry: whatever can’t be extorted from U.S. taxpayers can be borrowed from our foreign “allies.” What a great way to beat the currently invincible Democrat machine!
What does all of this mean, beyond that the RINOs have “won” through their heroic surrender and that the conservatives have lost? It may mean that we have lost whatever was left of our nation and that it will stay lost for as long as the party in power can pay for votes with tax dollars and borrowed funds — a mess that may well be more difficult to get out of than even the “roll out” and implementation of ObamaCare.
Having won that fight, President Obama will make “immigration reform” (apparently not jobs for Americans) a top priority.
Once . . . [the fiscal cliff deal has been] done, you know, the day after, I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform,” he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision. The president’s domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that has shut down the U.S. government and threatens a debt default, immigration has been relegated to the back burner. But Obama, who won re-election with overwhelming Hispanic backing, had hoped to make reforms easing the plight of the 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
The cave men in the House of Boehner will probably do as they have recently done and we will likely have “comprehensive immigration reform” — and then enough newly minted Democrat voters on the Federal teat that fixing the nation will be even harder than fixing ObamaCare. But wait! There’s more.
We still need to pass a farm bill. And with the shutdown behind us and budget committees forming, we now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair, and that helps hard working people all across this country. And we could get all these things done even this year, if everybody comes together in a spirit of how-are-we-going-to-move-this-country forward and put the last three weeks behind us.
A “sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair, and that helps hard working people all across this country?” I smell a tax increase there and lots more welfare and other waste. And, the way things have been going, He will most likely get what He says He wants. As Bryan Preston wrote at PJ Tatler,
While we await the opening bell in that fight, it’s a fine time to note that Barack Obama is community organizing the country, making one demand after another, always escalating tensions while claiming that he isn’t, pitting Americans against one another for his own fun and profit, constantly picking fights with two and three purposes in mind, always to advance him and his party by whatever means are necessary. In the debt fight he is winning and may wrest the power of the purse from Congress. A reasonable man who really loves this country would just simply let people be for a while. But that’s not how Barack Obama does business. We’re never going to get a second’s peace from this guy.
Amnesty is a fight that we should win, but probably won’t.
Will the hard core conservative wing of the House Republican caucus be able to block amnesty? One would hope so. Members of this wing were powerful enough to coerce the leadership into inducing an obviously futile government shutdown. They did so in the hope — dream, really — of blocking the implementation of enacted pet liberal legislation that they viewed — correctly — as too transformational. By the same token, the hard core conservative wing should be influential enough to prevent the passage of pet liberal immigration legislation that, in its effects on wages, culture, and politics, clearly would be transformational. [Power Line links not available] If they don’t — if amnesty-style immigration reform passes the House, either in the first instance or as the result of a “conference” or some other device — I will no longer be part of the 20 percent (or so) of Americans who have a favorable view of the Party. [Bracketed inserts in original.]
Immigration “reform” must be more important to our Dear Leader even than dealing with the (fictitious) horrors of anthropomorphic climate change, which He had apparently feared more than the Islamist equivalent of holy water. He apparently wants more “climate change” for America — a total transformation of the political, ideological and financial climates of America.
The fruitcakes, at least for now, have overwhelmed us.