And so, late in the evening last night, the Republicans caved on a joke of a deal to re-open the government and take out a new credit card*. I recall that when Mitt Romney was running for the Presidency last year, the Republican “Moderates” told us that abortion was a losing issue and to keep quiet about the social issues and focus on the economic issues.
For the past 2 weeks, the Congress has been fighting like cats and dogs over fiscal issues and the Republican “Moderates” have slammed the dyed in the wool Conservatives at every opportunity. John McCain and Lindsey Graham both violated Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, and Peter King needs to go change his party affiliation to Democrat.
We have mountains of debt, a “health care bill” that is a complete disaster, a fiscal black hole, nothing ready to go, and the Obama Administration handing out subsidies without verifying that people are even eligible, and the “Moderate” wing of the GOP is more angry at the Tea Party Republicans than it is with the Democrats or Barack Obama, the man who pettily closed down open air memorials and foolishly furloughed a significant part of the national intelligence apparatus:
By Anita Kumar — McClatchy Washington Bureau
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/15/205348/shutdown-misstep-how-obama-administration.html#storylink=cpy
So, which is it? What does the GOP even stand for? I will go back to what I wrote at the beginning of the “Obama Debacle” that I think highlights the split in the GOP. They keep saying that we are united in our goals of fiscal restraint and individual liberty. But anytime somebody tries to stand up for those ideals, it is the “moderates” who shriek for them to sit down and shut up, that they’re ruining years of carefully laid planning.
These Republican Moderates are the Saturday Morning Cartoon villains of the political world.
As an aside, I also want to note for the record that Richard Burr voted for the Senate bill that has passed that increases our debts and does nothing to hold Obama accountable for his blatant disregard for the enforcement of the provisions of his own law, which he lacks the statutory authority to waive without an act of Congress.
*I would like to address the Democrats and Obama’s specific claims that not raising the debt ceiling will end in a default on US sovereign debt. Let us take a moment to speak directly to what Barack Obama said:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Everybody should say one of the most valuable things we have is America’s credit worthiness. This is not something we should even come close to fooling around with. So when I read people saying, no, this wouldn’t be a big deal, we should test it out. Let’s take default out for a spin and see how it rides.
I say, imagine in your private life if you decided that I’m not going to pay my mortgage for a month or two. First of all, you’re not saving money by not saving your mortgage. You’re just a deadbeat. And you can anticipate that will hurt your credit, which means that in addition to debt collectors calling, you’re going to have trouble borrowing in the future. And if you are able to borrow in the future, you’re going to have to borrow at a higher rate. What’s true for individuals is also true for nations, even the most powerful nation on earth.
For Obama, a refusal to raise the debt ceiling is equivalent to a refusal to pay one’s mortgage. This, however, is totally false. The refusal to raise the debt ceiling and the demand to cut spending is more akin to looking at your finances and realizing that you’ve maxed out the credit cards and you can’t pay the light bill, cable bill, car payment, and mortgage with the cash you are bringing in from your job. Obama’s solution is to take out another credit card. The solution proposed by conservatives is to cancel the Cable TV and sell the car and buy one that fits in the budget. Anybody who has ever had to manage their personal finances knows that spending every cent you have, maxing out your credit card, and then taking out another credit card to continue your spending spree is the path to bankruptcy. But I guess wanting to avoid bankruptcy makes you a deadbeat. Up is down, right is wrong, left is right.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
Right now, Ted Cruz is on the Senate floor “filibustering” in support of defunding Obamacare. Richard Burr said that attempting to defund Obamacare was “the stupidest thing he’d ever heard”. To which I simply add another black mark next to Richard Burr’s name. We are watching you, Burr, and we are not happy.
Here we go. As of 2:40pm ET, Cruz’s marathon session is officially underway. Interesting politics all around. Party leaders on Capitol Hill recognize that Cruz’s filibuster will fail, and quite a few Senate Republicans will, in fact, help ensure that outcome themselves. But so long as the junior Senator from Texas is engaged in an old-school talking filibuster, and slamming the president’s unpopular healthcare law, the Republican National Committee will have his back. RNC sources tell Townhall that party chairman Reince Priebus has launched an online petition in support of Cruz’s efforts, which will coincide with the Senator’s talk-a-thon.
I should note that the last time a Conservative had the guts to filibuster, Burr was dining with Obama and I further note that he also betrayed us on the gun bill vote.
Obamacare IS a disaster. And the establishment Republicans are refusing to fight, instead hoping to use it to force Conservatives to stay in line behind them or else be crushed by big government. Well, we refuse to follow socialist tyrants and we refuse to follow their unholy brethren in the Republican party as well.
It has not even been a week since I gave Richard Burr kudos for being willing to stand with Rand Paul and filibuster the Democrats sinister plans to cram a gun bill through the senate.
However, it has now come to my attention that the kudos were unwarranted, and, I know you are ALL SHOCKED but Richard Burr voted with the Democrats to betray conservatives
16 Republican Senators caved to the Democrats and voted to end debate and bring to the floor a gun control bill that no one has had a chance to read. There will be Amendments offered, it will probably pass, and then we’ll all be able to “find out what’s in it.”
So much for “shall not be infringed.”
Here are the GOP members who sided with their Dem opponents. It’s basically a who’s who of the RINO world.
- Lindsey Graham (SC) (202) 224-5972
- Lamar Alexander (TN) (202) 224-4944
- Kelly Ayotte (NH) (202) 224-3324
- Richard Burr (NC) (202) 224-3154
- Saxby Chambliss (GA) (202) 224-3521
- John McCain (AZ) (202) 224-2235
- Tom Coburn (OK) (202) 224-5754
- Susan Collins (ME) (202) 224-2523
- Bob Corker (TN) (202) 224-3344
- Jeff Flake (AZ) (202) 224-4521
- John Hoeven (ND) (202) 224-2551
- Johnny Isakson (GA) (202) 224-3643
- Dean Heller (NV) (202) 224-6244
- Mark Kirk (IL) (202) 224-2854
- Pat Toomey (PA) (202) 224-4254
- Roger Wicker (MS) (202) 224-6253
Should Richard Burr have the poor taste to run for reelection when his term is up in 2016 he should absolutely be tea party primaried.
Well, I guess the time has come to give credit where credit is due. I have been (justifiably, I think) hard on Richard Burr and so now he gets some credit for doing the right thing.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan.
The Kentucky Republican and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) first wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late last month to warn him of their intention to try to tie up the Senate if, as planned, Reid moved forward with legislation that would expand background checks and attempt to crack down on interstate gun trafficking.
In addition to Paul, Lee, Cruz, Rubio and Moran, the Republican who have signed the second letter are Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho, Dan Coats of Indiana and Pat Roberts of Kansas.
So, Kudos to Richard Burr. After missing Senator Paul’s last filibuster for a dinner date with Obama, he has hopefully learned his lesson and will join with the liberty minded and actually stand up for our God given rights.
Once more proving to be a useless lump (during the times when he isn’t actively working against us) Richard Burr voted No on Rand Paul’s proposed budget.
Just one more strike against Burr.
I have had enough of you.
John McCain and Lindsay Graham are officially an embarrassment to the Republican Party. They have maligned Rand Paul’s filibuster and are apparently so clueless that they have actually taken to the Senate floor to biovate after they declined to be in the Senate for the filibustering, choosing instead to go to dinner and be wooed by Obama.
Well, I guess Obama got his money’s worth.
I officially declare those two bozos no longer under the protection of Ronald Regan’s 11th Commandment. If it is a courtesy that they cannot extend to Senator Paul, then it is a courtesy that should not be extended to them.
And don’t think for a moment I’ve forgotten about you, Richard Burr, you slimy two faced TARP loving weasel.
And might I add, that despite the loathsomeness on display by these cads, I am still opposed to term limits. If we were to actually enact congressional term limits, then the political parties would change their rules to reflect that. It would become a question of whose turn it was to be a senator or a congressman. And whoever would do the parties bidding would be the one that got backed and got in. There are a host of unintended consequences to term limits that I don’t think most advocates of them have thought through.
The only thing that will get these weasels out and reform the system is for the American people to wake up, become engaged, and demand that the Constitution be OBEYED and ENFORCED.
From Right Angles:
As a North Carolinian, I ask, where is this man?
Probably too busy prepping for his dinner with President Obama tonight to worry about things like separation of powers, checks and balances, and habeas corpus.
I would like to remind the general public that this is a fool who rubber stamped TARP and voted to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the military.
As an aside, I’m adding a category to help me keep up with Burr’s malfeasance.