The Budget Deal From Hell

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Everyone and their brother are talking about the latest behemoth budget deal. The deal couldn’t be worse for the country if Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi crafted it themselves. Strike that – they did, or at least helped Ryan and McConnell.

Words can’t adequately describe what an abomination it is. For us conservatives – we have been genuinely betrayed, like Joseph in the Bible, practically stripped bare, thrown into a cistern and sold into slavery by his own brothers.

Some pundits on the right have attempted to explain the massive giveaways to the democrats as a mere bargaining chip to secure the right of domestic oil producers to export their products. That is a red herring. There isn’t enough oil on the planet that can make up for selling our sovereignty. And that’s exactly what these pitiful wastes of space are attempting to do.

Money aside, the Republicans have handed Obama and the democrats the handle on the immigration valve and effectively said, “Go ahead and open her up – full blast. Let them all in. We don’t care. Let in the Mexicans, the central and South Americans. Let in the Syrians, ISIS and al-Qaeda. And we’re giving you $1.6 billion to do it.” And you know that is just a starting figure. If this thing passes, it will end up being a lot more. read more

Paul Ryan’s Inclusive Conservatism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week the New York Times wrote:  “Republican leaders on Capitol Hill conceded that they will miss a Friday deadline, and the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday put forward a stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown and give negotiators an additional five days to reach an agreement.”

And this is what happens every time a budget bill or frankly any “important” legislation (if there is such a thing) comes up. It’s planned and purposeful – playing the postponement game with “stopgap measures.” Isn’t it curious that they always seem to be pushed right to the brink of a holiday period, a government shutdown or such thing? This time it’s a double whammy – Christmas break and the dreaded shutdown (which we all know is a mere slowdown). No one on capital hill wants to be here longer than they have to, so the old game is to keep extending the final decision making until the 11th hour and rush to make a deal, then leave town.

Senator majority leader and head bully, Mitch McConnell already stated there will NEVER again be a government shutdown. read more

Government Doesn’t Know Better

from the American Spectator:

The year is drawing to a close and we are supposed to be happy that the lame duck Congress survived its usual year-end brinkmanship and threats of a government shutdown. Horrors! What would the helpless people do if politicians weren’t able to legislate, regulate, and dictate in the “public interest”? Why, the republic would collapse.

Not!

The traditional civics book notion of government at all levels is that the state does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. That’s typically seen as creating the framework for a free society—police, courts, defense, basic health and safety, “public” goods which otherwise wouldn’t be provided.  read more

The Girlie Man Party

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

When John Boehner said to effectively read his lips: If you are for tax cuts, you are for this budget; did you believe him?

 

When Paul Ryan explained that this budget is the best deal we can get, did you believe him?

 

When old Johnny Boehner went on to exclaim that the budget deal, which fully funds Obamacare, is far from perfect, but it’s a start; did you believe him then?

 

Do you believe anything the Republicans are saying about this disastrous budget agreement? No? Me either.

 

Yet there is a positive that has come out of this bogus budget busting deal. And don’t believe the lies. There are no budget cuts – only the usual hollow promises.

 

So what’s the positive? We can, once and for all, plainly see who is on our side and who is not. We can clearly see who will fight and who will cave. Who has true courage and who are spineless.

 

And it all comes down to one word: Shutdown, or fear of another dreaded shutdown.

 

Mitch McConnell said it back in October: “they’ll not be another government shutdown, you can count on that”. Johnny Boehner said the same.

 

Paul Ryan told Mark Levin that he doesn’t want another shut down. And why? The “Republicans” all say that a shutdown merely distracts the public – that they want to focus on the problems of Obamacare.

 

Do you believe them when they say it? You shouldn’t because, as I stated, this  budget fully funds Obamacare.

 

So what’s really going on? Fear – fear is what’s really going on. The Republicans and all their inside the Beltway advisers are afraid. They’re afraid of the Democrats and afraid of the press.

 

You can see it by the way they react and lash out at those conservatives and conservative groups who wish them to fight, to actually try to win.

 

Frankly I think it’s more a fear of the Washington press corps, then anything else, and it’s been going on for a while.

 

Think back to the 2008 presidential campaign. John McCain chose the outspoken conservative Sarah Palin as his running mate. What happened? They immediately hamstrung her. The edict came down from the Republican wizards of smart that no one was to speak ill of the then candidate Obama.

 

And why? Fear! They would not allow anyone to be honest about the Marxist Obama lest they be branded a racist.

 

Recall the wailing and whining of everyone, including the Republicans, regarding Rush Limbaugh’s exclamation that he wished Obama to fail. None of the Republicans came to Limbaugh’s aid, choosing instead to run for the tall grass. Gee…who was right on that one?

 

Now, fast forward to the 2012 campaign – specifically the debates. The first debate was a thing of beauty. Romney was smart, tough and took the fight to Obama. Remember how excited you got? Second debate – Obama was better but Romney still won it.

 

Things were looking good for Romney, and then something happened. Remember? Romney came out for the third debate and went soft. Obama gave Romney opportunities, one after the other, to take it to him. Yet he just stood there, letting Obama off the hook, even agreeing with him on many occasions.

 

Chris Wallace of Fox News said it was Romney’s idea. I’m not sure I buy that. It just looks too familiar. And now, looking back and comparing it to the milquetoast way the Republicans comport themselves – it’s all just too familiar.

 

It was fear of conflict and the press then and it’s the same today.

 

The Republican Party is afraid. They’re afraid of the flight. They are not the stupid party, as some have described.

 

They are the wuss-party – or as Arnold would say, the Girlie Man party.

Life on the Republican Spineless Chicken Ranch

On Oct 8, NBC reported, “President Barack Obama vowed not to relent to what he called Republican “extortion” that would threaten a default on the national debt, but suggested he might accept a short-term agreement that could jump-start talks with Congress. 

But the nation’s top elected Republican, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, described Obama’s possible arrangement as akin to “unconditional surrender” to the president by Republicans.

“The president’s position that … we’re not going to sit down and talk to you until you surrender is just not sustainable,” Boehner said on Capitol Hill. “It’s not our system of government.” 

Well, evidently it is.

 Last night the Washington Times wrote, “Top senators struck a deal Wednesday to reopen the government and extend the federal government’s borrowing authority into next year and both sides of the Capitol are hoping for quick action to reassure nervous financial markets eyeing a Thursday deadline set by the Treasury Department.

“The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said after he and his GOP counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell, struck the deal.

For Republicans, the deal was more about getting an embarrassing couple of weeks behind them than in being able to claim victory in a deal that they felt compelled to make.

“It’s my hope that today we can put some of those most urgent issues behind us,” Mr. McConnell said. In laying out the deal he struck, Mr. McConnell sought to shift the focus to the next battle already looming over the budget sequesters.

Ted Cruz, doesn’t blame the democrats, but the republicans for not backing his efforts to reign in government.”

  The Daily Kos couldn’t wait to reprint Judson Phillips reaction, head of Tea Party Nation. Mr. Phillips wrote, ” Barack Obama demanded unconditional surrender from the Republican Party.

He pretty much got it.

The Republican Party has capitulated on the central issue of Obamacare.  Mitch McConnell and John Boehner never wanted this fight.  In true RINO fashion, they wanted to surrender early and often. ….

In short, the GOP got nothing from their fight.  But then again, McConnell, Boehner and the GOP establishment never tried.

Does anyone believe either McConnell or Boehner will have the intestinal fortitude to go to the mat with Obama again?   It does not matter what Obama demands, these two will cave, guaranteeing it will pass.”

The Marxist at the Daily Kos closed with, ” Mr. Phillips, The Republican party just threw you overboard ass over teakettle. Bye bye.”

And that they did. But is anyone really surprised at the outcome? Frankly, at least for me, it was a foregone conclusion that the two head republican “cavemen” would do what they do best, succumb to pressure. It’s a wonder they can walk upright, without spines.

My guess is that the “pressure” they did get from democrats was all for show. You and I know that swine McConnell and “Dirty” Harry Reid had agreed on a deal early on and this was all just theater.

And as for the Washington Times claiming the fight was an embarrassment; I say for who, the RINO’s. I wasn’t embarrassed. Were you? I guess, according to the Times and the beltway bunch,  it’s embarrassing to fight for a good cause.

And so it’s official. We did lose and the Republican party did throw us overboard, again. Do we finally see where we stand? Finally? Might this really be the last straw for many who have called themselves republicans for so long?  

For years, many others and I have insisted there is not a dimes worth of difference between the two parties and have, at times, been vilified for it.

One must be completely blind not to see it now! 

As the Daily Kos said, Bye bye Republicans!

Is it Third Party Time yet, or just another night to get a pat on the head, a drink of water and a gentle nudge back to bed, like little Cindy Lou Who? And when we’re all fast asleep again, the Grinches can resume robbing us blind.

The Ghost and the French Republicans

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Decades ago comic actor Don Knotts starred in a movie entitled “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”. My kids love the movie. “Atta Boy Luther”! (a little shout out to them)

 

Anyway, Knotts plays a young man working as a typesetter for a local newspaper. As is typically the case, Knott’s character is shy and literally afraid of everything.

 

Succumbing to pressure from friends and a perceived rival, he excepts a dare to spend the night in a house thought to be haunted, before it is to be demolished.

 

The long and short of the story is that he does and despite his fears, discovers it’s not haunted and unwittingly uncovers a plot to cover up a murder committed in the home years earlier.

 

Wow, great story. Woopty doo! What does that have to do with the Republicans? read more

Let’s Scare Grandma

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

President Obama on many occasions has said and his Treasury Secretary Jack Lew(ser) has intimated, if the government shuts down they can’t guarantee Social Security checks will go out on time and we may default on our debt.

 

Of course we all know the economics. The Fed collects roughly $200 billion every month. The interest on the debt is around $20 billion a month or roughly 10%, so of course we can pay our debts rather easily.

 

But what about Social Security – the dreaded “third rail” of politics? Both Republican and Democrat politicians like to play word games with the “third rail”. Yet it is only the Democrats that claim if this or that demand isn’t met, granny may not get her Social Security check.

 

As an aside, as of May 1, 2011 the government began phasing out physical checks, not only for Social Security but all benefit payments and as of March 1, 2013 all benefit payments are electronic transfers. So let’s stop with the “granny won’t get her check”. It’s all automatic, but I guess semantically speaking, she won’t.

 

So why is what Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew(ser) so shameful? The answer is that it is impossible for Social Security not to have the money to pay out each month, regardless of the debt ceiling or government shut down of any kind. It is however estimated that by between 2033 and 2038 Social Security will indeed be dead if nothing changes.

 

Obama said, “In a government shut down, Social Security checks still go out on time. In an economic shut down – if we don’t raise the debt ceiling – they don’t go out on time.” read more

Is GOP Caving With Victory At Hand?

Shutdown: Obama’s approval rating has cratered, Democrats  are fighting among themselves and ObamaCare — the reason for the shutdown in the  first place — has been a disaster. So why are Republicans’ knees shaking?

The federal government’s hometown newspaper, the Washington Post, reports  “key GOP figures” are “abandoning their bid to immediately stop the federal  health care law” and are “scrambling for a fallback strategy.” Republicans, the  paper claims, “have overreached,” and their plan to stop ObamaCare has been  “politically disastrous” and a “failure.”

House leaders seem to be dropping talk of Obama-Care and, over in the Senate,  Republicans appear ready to push only the repeal of ObamaCare’s medical device  tax, which already has wide bipartisan support. read more

The Shutdown Government: Powerful, Punitive And Petty

There were nearly 6 million living World War II veterans counted in the 2000 U.S. Census. By 2010, there were fewer than 2 million. An estimated 640 World War II Veterans die each day.

Last week the Obama Administration chose to barricade the World War II Memorial to keep aging veterans and other citizens out during the so-called government “shutdown.”

It’s tremendously wasteful to spend taxpayer funds and personnel shutting down an open-air memorial that could be visited at any time of the day prior to the shutdown, whether staff were nearby or not. But more than that, it’s just cruel: World War II veterans are on a race against time to see their memorial.

The closing of high-profile sites for tactical advantage has political benefits. Who can forget how President Bill Clinton ordered the Washington Monument closed during the 1995 shutdown? read more

Don’t Cry for the Furloughed Workers Just Yet

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

What does the federal government shut down mean to the average hard-working American taxpayer? For that matter, what does it mean to any private sector American currently employed virtually anywhere in the country?

 

If you’re like me; absolutely nothing! Have you even noticed the “shut down”? Has it caused you any pain and suffering? I likely think not.

 

Now I’m not completely devoid of feelings or empathy. I do feel bad that no name government employees were furloughed. They went to work on Monday and on Tuesday they were told they had been temporarily laid off.

 

Yes, I felt bad for them until I did a little digging. The feeling of pity quickly turned to loathing. I was going to let it go – roll off my back, until I heard a report on the radio just this Friday afternoon.

 

It was a local broadcast but I’m sure it was repeated nationwide. The report, which sounded more like an advertisement, was that the various federal government departments that furloughed workers would be expediting affidavits to workers in order to streamline and thus speed up the process of applying for and receiving unemployment benefits.

 

In fact, the government was urging those furloughed workers to “quickly” apply for unemployment insurance.

 

What’s wrong with that, you may ask? They are just looking out for their penniless employees, forced out on the street by heartless conservatives.

 

What’s wrong with that is that they are able to do it. Have you heard of any private sector company or organization with the ability or clout to “expedite” the receiving of unemployment benefits? I thought not. Your average company who lays off workers doesn’t have that kind of clout.

 

The feds even have their own program called “Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE)”. Of course they do. They wouldn’t want to lump their employees in with the rest of us serfs.

 

Well it gets better, or worse, depending on your point of view.

 

Every time there has been a government shutdown in the past, those poor nonessential public-sector workers are laid off. The dirty little secret (update: the secret’s out) is that 100% of the time those poor furloughed workers received their full back pay. This time will be no different.

 

Ain’t life grand! As a nonessential government employee, one doesn’t have to work very hard – one gets to take off every holiday under the sun, plenty of vacation and sick days and every once in a while, one gets a paid vacation for a couple of days to maybe even a few weeks.

 

While on vacation, your employer sees fit to expedite the collection of unemployment benefits and when the nonessential government employee returns to work, they get a big fat retroactive paycheck. It will be Christmas in October for some. I guess it’s good to be nonessential. Time off – an unemployment check and back pay. Still feel sorry for them?

 

If you still wish to feel sorry for someone, try the private sector businesses that service these nonessential workers – the stores and coffee shops, etc. that the furloughed workers would frequent. Where is their expedited unemployment? Where is their back pay?

 

Funny how we never hear about them from Harry Reid and the rest of the statists on Capitol Hill. It’s all about the government worker.

 

Ain’t life grand!