Another defeat for ‘we the people’
The Presidents stance of not negotiating has won him a complete victory over the Republican activists in the house and the ‘tea party’ insurgents backing them. Yes it is truly a great day for the President with the Senate and house passing a bill to restart the government and raising the national debt ceiling until February of 2014. Not that any Congressman or Senator has ever worried about spending more than we take in. The icing on the cake for the President is that there is not one mention of the delaying or defunding of obama-care.
The house started off by using the tactic of not funding the budget with the attached rider defunding the new health care plan. I am positive no one seriously thought it would ever be defunded but by using the idea of asking for something major I am sure they were hoping for some small concessions. Concessions like a one year exemption for all Americans on the health-care plan, just like the president granted to business. True to form the President said he would not negotiate on health care reform. Maybe I am slow but all we were asking for was the same waver he gave to business.
Anyway here we are again with no budget and our representatives are allowed to keep spending because the debt ceiling has been raised. So what was accomplished and why would the republicans fold with absolutely no meaningful concessions from the administration? One glaring reason may be that joint proposal to end government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid which incidentally includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project, in McConnell’s district.
I learned yesterday that the US government takes in $200 million a day in revenue and the interest on the current national debt is around $20 million so in truth we would not have defaulted on our debts if we did not raise the debt ceiling. We would however be forced, (just like when sequestration kicked in), to cut government spending to match what we received in revenue. But we all know our elected representatives can not stop spending more than they have.
So I ask….
Did Mr McConnell sell out his party and the American people for the 3 billion?
Will the president be able to kick the can of the budget and debt ceiling
down the road until he is out of office?
Will ‘we the people’ ever have the courage
to stand up and say enough is enough?