The Wall is Worth Fighting For

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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You’ll have to pardon my cynicism regarding the border wall, but we’ve seen this show before. Republicans talk tough, but at the first sign of push-back, they collapse like a house of cards.

But the President is supposed to be different – he’s supposed to be a fighter. He’s supposed to be fighting for us. The wall isn’t just what he wants – it’s what we want. So where’s the fight?

On Tuesday, Talking Points Memo reported on Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s White House briefing. “Yesterday, President Trump reportedly said that he’s going to delay pushing the wall through. Can you just clarify what the status is?” Associated Press reporter Vivian Salama asked Spicer at his daily briefing.

“I think he tweeted about this earlier,” Spicer replied. “His priorities have not changed. There will be a wall built. “Our priorities are clear going into FY17, the remainder of budgeting for that, and we’ll continue to ask for more in FY18,” he said, referring to fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

“So it’s delayed for now,” Salama pressed. “No, I didn’t — no, no, no, no. I never — no one said delayed. No, no,” Spicer said.

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If the Government Shuts Down – America Will Cease to Exist

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Once again America faces disaster. Yes – as of midnight this Friday the government will SHUT DOWN and America will cease to exist. At least that’s the way it is always portrayed.

Senate Minority Leader Charles “Chucky” Schumer seem cautiously optimistic as he stated  that, “We’re making great progress on funding the government, avoiding a shutdown.” He did add that, “Our worry is that the president will come in and insist on certain things that couldn’t get the support of everybody.” He doesn’t need the support of everybody Chucky – least of all, you.

One of those “certain things” is of course the down payment to begin construction of on the Southern Border Wall. Trump is asking for $1.4 billion. Wow – that’s a lot of money – isn’t it. Why no – no it’s not. It’s chicken feed – not even a rounding error for the federal government.

The current annual budget to “run” the federal government is $3.8 trillion, or $3,800 billion. $1.4 billion is about 4/10000 of the budget. It would be easy to find that paltry sum. Put another way: Say you make $50,000 a year. That $1.4 billion is equivalent to $20. Can you spot me a 20?

But that isn’t the point about a shutdown – any shutdown. read more

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. read more

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