After a sixteen-day government “shutdown,” the Senate has struck a deal that passed both houses of Congress to “re-open” the government, increase the debt ceiling, fund Obamacare, and display what a bunch of pathetic cheese-eating, surrender monkeys our so-called Republican leadership are.
It’s bad enough the Republicans came out of this without any changes to Obamacare. To make matters worse, this deal also manages to surrender the power of the debt ceiling.
The legislation also includes a McConnell-written proposal that would allow Congress to disapprove of the debt-ceiling increase. Lawmakers will formally vote on rejecting the bump of the borrowing limit – if it passed, it could be vetoed by Obama.
At this point, it is no surprise that the GOP would surrender and get nothing in return.
But this provision allows Obama to have the power to raise the debt ceiling. This is part of a disturbing trend on the part of Republicans in the House to gladly give away not just leveraging, but also their Constitutional authority and power of the purse.
Republicans in the House are enabling Obama to be a dictator.
There has not been a budget signed into law since April 29, 2009. We are going on five years of running the government off of continuing resolutions. This is because running the government off of continuing resolutions allows the Democrats to get away with adding trillions of dollars to the baseline through the unconstitutional stimulus bill.
The passing of the stimulus enabled them to raise the baseline by a trillion dollars. To run the government off of continuing resolutions enables them to keep the increase in spending without have to debate the merits. If the House and Senate went to conference on actual budgets, there’s a good chance they would lose this advantage in spending.
The other absolutely sinister aspect of this “governing off of continuing resolution” is that it deprives the House of the “power of the purse,” as it has been called.
This is found in Article One Section Seven of the Constitution, which states:
“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
This means all budgets, or continuing resolutions, have to originate in the House. The surrender bill, passed to end the “shutdown,” originated in the Senate. Since this is the continuing resolution to fund the government, Article One Section Seven applies.
If anyone cares about the Constitution anymore (and I know the Left doesn’t) this deal is actually illegal. And for that matter, so is Obamacare, since the bill Obama signed was a bill that originated in the Senate and was upheld by the Supreme Court as a tax. Take this for what it’s worth, but there is actually a lawsuit most likely headed for the Supreme Court on this basis.
What this all means is that the Republicans have given away all their leverages in future negotiations.
If Obama doesn’t have to go to Congress to raise the debt ceiling, then what purpose does Congress serve? He can now spend money without having to go to Congress, on top of the fact that he now feels the power to declare war on his own, and unilaterally rewrite laws.
Obama is officially a dictator, with no small amount of help from the surrender caucus of the Republican Party. We are officially a banana republic.
The only way to reverse this slide into totalitarian government is for the GOP to get on the same plain, get their best messengers out, and actually fight the Democrats. This is a knock-down, drag-out fight for all time.
Conservatives are fighting for keeps, and the winner will decide what kind of country America will be. It’s time for the GOP to stand up for the millions of people who gave them the majority in the House in 2010, instead of trying to purge Conservatives from the party in a desperate attempt to be liked by the Democrats and the media.
Republicans gave away the farm in this deal. As I told the gang on the 405 Radio Wednesday night, it’s like they’ve bought a second farm and gave that away as well. Not only did the GOP get nothing in exchange, they have bought themselves no goodwill with the Left (the one thing they seem to care about these days). And worse, Boehner and gang have participated in shredding the Constitution.
It’s time to get real here, folks.
I predict that the 2014 primaries will be a bloodbath. The primaries would have been anyway, but with this deal coming to light, there will be an outright insurrection within the Republican Party.
It’s not going to be pretty, it’s not going to be nice, and it’s not going to be fun. Let’s hope that it is at least televised.