At first, I thought they had the guts. It actually looked like House GOP Leadership actually got it.
Saturday, September 28, 2013There's a reason Gingrich is castigated for the last government shut-down: eventually, he caved.
I supported the shut down then, I support it now... under the following condition:
Don't back down.
The point of all of this is to make sure your agenda wins. If you're not willing to do that by any means necessary, then don't even try it.
Obama is the national version of that scumbag Leave-it. He doesn't listen to people because he doesn't think he has to. He's ignoring the American people on this: that's why we have a system of checks and balances in the first place.
As much as Obama thinks, acts and actually channels Mussolini, he is not that. And Mr. Speaker, it's up to you to make sure that Obamacare does not happen... no matter the political cost.
That's, among other things, what you were sent there to do.
But if you cave, it will be a sign that there is no legislative power in this country. Obama has already summarily violated immigration law as well as this farce of a health care bill. If you cave on this, they'll be no end to his perfidy.
Apparently, I was wrong.
House Republicans have sent the White House a revised proposal to lift the debt ceiling for six weeks, as well as reopen government through December 15th, which was their original spending proposal before the partial shutdown. The revised GOP plan reflects the demands Obama made in a meeting with House GOP Leaders on Thursday. It also reflects the unwillingness of the DC GOP to face a fiscal showdown with Democrats.Aside from reopening the government and agreeing to raise America's debt over the current $16.7 trillion limit, the Republicans made several other concession to President Obama and the Democrats. One such example is that Obamacare would receive funding. The Republicans would get to take out a portion of the president's signature legislation, but the law would substantially remain intact. The AP reports:
Under a proposal she and other GOP senators have been developing, a medical device tax that helps finance the health care law would be repealed, and millions of individuals eligible for subsidies to purchase health insurance under the program would be subject to stronger income verification.
More:In addition, some of the across-the-board "sequester" cuts would be reversed under the GOP plan. It has not been determined which specific cuts will be targeted at this time.
All of this, of course, begs the greater issue:
What the hell were they thinking?
If they weren't going to see this all through... if they weren't going to stick it out... then why did they do this?
What did LTG Russell Honore say after the Katrina debacle?
"Somebody's stuck on stupid." (Or words to that effect.)
So now, the GOP gets held up like a up like a piñata, and rightfully so. Obama's incompetence? Forgotten. The Administration's never-ending train wreck? Buried by the cowardice of a leadership that followed Richard Nixon's axiom: "When the going gets tough... the tough get phlebitis."
So, after all of this, we now find ourselves in a situation where the county is much worse than it was before Boehner started all of this, and with the exception of again making the GOP the laughing stock and a punchline for late night TV... what did he accomplish here?
He gave Obama and the left everything they wanted.
And that is criminal stupidity.