Monthly Archives: October 2013

Which is it

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

WASHINGTON — It may be one of the most serious missteps of the federal government shutdown.

After weeks of planning, the nation’s spy chief sent home nearly three-quarters of the workers at the government’s intelligence agencies when faced with the partial shutdown. The move, James Clapper later admitted himself, put the United States at greater risk of terrorist attacks. He then reversed course and brought thousands of employees back to work.

A review by McClatchy finds that lawmakers, former intelligence officials and national security experts say they were shocked that the administration furloughed the bulk of federal workers at 16 intelligence agencies, many of them tasked with the most important job in the government: safeguarding lives.

“It’s difficult for me to understand,” said Leon Panetta, who served as the director of the CIA and the secretary of defense under President Barack Obama. “People that are involved in our intelligence are critical. You can’t possibly put 70 percent on furlough and not harm national security.”

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.

-Isaiah 5:20