Rep. Eric Cantor(left) and Speaker John Boehner(right)
In the waning days of the last Congress some 10 1/2 months ago we were in the midst of another budget battle that became known as the fiscal cliff crap sandwich. Last time around President Obama and the Democrats used the expiration of the Bush era tax rates as a sledgehammer against House and Senate Republicans who wanted to maintain everyones tax rates. In the end Senator Mitch McConnnell and Speaker Boehner allowed President Obama to increase taxes on the nations small business owners aka “The Rich” and we got nothing in return.
This time around with the partial government shutdown in effect and the nation hitting its debt limit tomorrow McConnell and Boehner have yielded the battlefield and are poised to surrender.
Instead of fighting to get Obamacare’s individual mandate delayed a year, or the elimination of the special congressional exemption/subsidy, or the revoking of the contract to the firm that built the Obamacare exchange website, let alone a full out repeal of the medical device tax that no one in Washington likes in either party, we are going to be left with a boat load of nothing in the deal McConnell and Boehner have worked out with Harry Reid and President Obama.
Fox New has more:
Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a bipartisan agreement to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, teeing up a string of votes expected later in the day.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced the “important agreement” on the floor.
“The eyes of the world have been on Washington all this week and that is a gross understatement,” Reid said. “The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs.”
The framework on the Senate side would raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, and include a spending bill meant to last through Jan. 15. The plan would not include any provision relating to the ObamaCare medical device tax, as prior plans did; instead it would include a single provision meant to verify the income of those receiving ObamaCare subsidies. It would also instruct a bipartisan budget committee to report back on a broader plan by mid-December.
Fox News has this on Boehner’s side of this rotten deal:
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.
Fought the good fight my ass.
Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and the rest of the moderate-liberal Republican Party establishment didn’t want to use the Continuing Resolution to fight Obamacare let alone to delay or defund it. They have recoiled in horror at trying to tie some kind of fiscal restraint to any increase in the nation’s debt limit. While Boehner and McConnell haven’t done so personally they have allowed the likes of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte in the Senate and Peter King and Adam Kinzinger in the House to attack Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for daring to try and lead conservatives and Republicans into battle against Obama, Obamacare, and the reckless and fiscally irresponsible spending of the Democrats.
This fight is going to end up a loser for us because way to many Republicans in both the Senate and the House rejected the very idea of trying to fight right now.
Because of the Surrender Caucus the government is going to fully reopen and the debt limit will be raised and all we will get for it is a another deficit super committee that I promise you know will do accomplish one thing they are tasked with and a requirement that the Obama administration enforce an Obamacare rule they already waived once.
The debt limit and government shutdown fights have become real losers for those of us who believe in liberty and limited government and it is all because the GOP establishment has no spine, let alone a set of balls.
So long as Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are leading the Republicans in the House and Senate we are all screwed.