They “Negotiated” a Great Deal. Not!

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 damn 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.”

But it’s a great deal for President Obama! 

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.

ObamaCare rolloutNot 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’s next?

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 Americansa 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.

About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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13 Responses to They “Negotiated” a Great Deal. Not!

  1. --Rick says:

    Here is a single question test to see how serious a Republican is about shrinking the size and scope of government: Are you willing to fight for a wall of separation between government and commerce similar to the currently accepted wall between government and religion. Any answer or action that demonstrates less than a full “yes” indicates that they will never seek to restore individual liberty and property rights or shrink the size or reach of government.

  2. Tom,

    You say,

    Well, Republicans kicked themselves squarely in the butt on this one, and Ted Cruz, a tea party hero, made a fool of himself and damaged his party.

    I understand the point you are trying to make. What I don’t understand is why you can’t just be reasonable and, uh, see it my way.


  3. bliffle says:

    The tea Party overplayed a weak hand, so they were doomed. Their hold on the House was frail, obtained mostly by gerrymandering (dems outvoted reps by 2 million in the 2012 House election), and by threatening their own republicans with ‘primarying’. It’s amazing they got as far as they did.

    The TP may have committed suicide. They alienated too many powerful groups: democrats, moderate republicans, the general public, and the business community.

    Besides, their goals were stupid. The whole world runs on credit, so anything that threatens well-ordered credit, loans and lending, is a threat to every businessman and every citizen. Every economy is dependent on money flow, not money accumulation. It’s been a long time since Capital was derived solely from savings and retained earnings.

  4. NEO says:

    And for that matter, Why, on any given day does the government have to function? Back in the day, it seems from about 1 June until about October they went home, all of them except somebody presumably to answer the mail. We were better off that way.

    All this garbage that Washington does, in the doubtful case that it should be done at all, would be better done at the city, county, or at worst, state level. We need a balanced budget amendment that repeals direct election of senators and the income tax. Then we might have a country worth living in again.

  5. Tom Carter says:

    I’m not in favor of an ever-expanding imperial presidency. However, given the increasingly dysfunctional nature of Congress in the past couple of decades, there are at least three areas in which power must by default reside in the presidency. These include:

    — War and the use of military force: Congress ceded much of this power to the president four decades ago with the War Powers Resolution, and despite some complaints along the way, it has worked fairly well. This tendency continued with the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) which continues to empower the president to conduct the war on terror (or whatever they choose to call it). This is an area far too important to be left to the whims of Congress, many of whom are too ill-informed and self-interested to deal with it.

    — The debt ceiling: It exists as a matter of law (since 1917) and isn’t required by the Constitution. In fact, it has the potential to cause a violation of the 14th Amendment. We should either abolish it or, as it seems may happen, empower the president to set the limit with Congress having the power to attempt to override him. Congress has clearly demonstrated its lack of responsibility by attaching all kinds of political demands during debt ceiling negotiations, making the U.S. a source of international scorn because of its irresponsible financial behavior.

    — Government shutdowns: This is truly theater of the absurd. The executive and legislative branches are both responsible for five years without a federal budget, with most of the blame falling on Congress. Instead, the federal government has operated on a long series of continuing resolutions (CR), once again with all kinds of political crap attached to the process. If Congress cannot produce a CR that the executive branch can live with, then the president should have the power to continue funding the government at the last levels of authorized spending, with Congress again having the power to attempt to override him.

    I suspect Democrats would like to see the president have this much power, and Republicans would hate it. If a Republican is elected president in 2016, the sentiments will be reversed. All that proves is that ideology and politics are more important to most people than the good of the country.

    Don’t like these ideas? Then elect responsible members of Congress and a president you approve of. Can’t do that? Then live with the results — that’s called democracy. Meanwhile, the government has to function.

    • If Congress cannot produce a CR that the executive branch can live with, then the president should have the power to continue funding the government at the last levels of authorized spending, with Congress again having the power to attempt to override him.

      Continuing resolutions are an absurd means of avoiding the work necessary to produce a competent budget. They should not be passed. Instead, our CongressCritters should do the work we sent them to the Congress to do — prepare detailed per-agency, per-department budgets each year. Until — if ever — they do so, we will continue to have absurd continuing resolutions, perpetuating the screw-ups past years.

      Obviously, if they cannot produce real budgets with which the executive can live, we will still have slowdowns. But that’s what “we” sent our CongressCritters to Washington to do.

      • Tom Carter says:

        Well, Republicans kicked themselves squarely in the butt on this one, and Ted Cruz, a tea party hero, made a fool of himself and damaged his party. I doubt that’s what most Republicans/conservatives wanted to see happen.

  6. tmkeel says:

    I just realized that the Republican Party is French…at the first sign of conflict they raise the white flag of surrender.

    • I do believe you are right.

    • Tom Carter says:

      Reminds me of the ad for sale of a French military rifle: “Never fired, thrown down once.”

    • bliffle says:

      My father-in-law was French, fought the nazis and escaped from 3 nazi prison camps (got a personal letter of commendation from General Eisenhower after the war – his proudest possesion). My mother-in-law was a courier for the French underground and rode her bicycle around the south of France delivering messages. One day the Gestapo knocked at her door in Marsanne with a warrant to kill her, but the maid confused them and sent them to another town, Mont Marsanne, 50 miles away. In the family village there’s a small monument to 21 young men who died fighting, in a village that doesn’t even look big enough to have 21 men. In the forest nearby there’s a plaque to the memory of 30 resistance fighters who were slaughtered there. In the nearby town of Rodez there’s a field where the Nazis executed 182 ‘resistance’ fighters, some infants and some very old people. My friend Phillip was in a large jewish family, all of whom were killed by the nazis, all his aunts and uncles and cousins. The famous American pilot, Chuck Yeager, crashed near the village of Nerac and the people hid him for many months until could be smuggled out and resume flying.

      You’re an idiot, tmkeel.

  7. rmnixondeceased says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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