Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Speaker Pulled Off A Victory

Just about anyone with an opinion and an audience has weighed in on the outcome of the budget negotiations between Speaker Boehner representing the GOP and Democrats Harry Reid and Barack H. Obama.  Many on the Republican side feel that the Speaker "caved in" and "blinked" first.  Others feel that he did a fine job in his first real face off with the Democrat majority.  Two Sisters From The Right agree with Thomas Lifson, writing for the American Thinker that the GOP came out of this first skirmish with the winning hand.  There are yet bigger battles to come and we should stand fast and support those whom we've chose to represent us.  In the end, Speaker Boehner won more concessions for the GOP than anyone else has before regarding budget cuts.  We don't know what went on behind the closed doors of negotiation.  Nor do we know what bargaining powers the Speaker had.  We do know that the president tried to hold our military hostage - a ploy that failed.  In our opinion, Speaker Boehner did just fine.
Two Sisters


A.F. BRAMCO summed up the politics best with this cartoon.
Via ComicallyIncorrect.com 







"There is more good in the budget deal than is revealed in the budget cut number agreed on last night. Measured against the size of budget cutting necessary for the future, the numbers are small, to be sure, but this number was a tactical, not a strategic engagement. The key to the matter is momentum, principle, and precedent, which set up the strategic environment for 2012.
Andrew Stiles at NRO correctly points out the extent of the Harry Reid cave-in.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) didn't want to cut anything at first. But bowing to political reality, eventually ponied up about $4.7 billion in cuts. He ended up with $33.8 billion less spending than he wanted. And he called it an "historic" accomplishment. (Not surprisingly, the left is appalled).

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), on the other hand, initially proposed $32 billion in spending cuts. House Republicans, led by an undaunted freshman class, bumped that number up to $61 billion ($100 billion off the president's budget), before settling on $38.5 billion.

That's $6.5 billion more than Boehner asked for to begin with, and $5.5 billion more than the $33 billion that Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats claimed had been agreed to less than two weeks ago. A.J. Strata highlights the much bigger win that has been foreordained by the fine print, not conveyed in the number alone:
The budget number is pretty good, mainly because it kills programs instead of lowering their budgets for 6 months. so those 6 month numbers expand and grow in the coming year (snip) [emphasis added]

Obama even admitted in his speech infrastructure projects were being ‘delayed' (i.e., de-funded in 2011). Once de-funded, they will not be back any time soon. As fox News reports, this is a lot farther than the Democrats said they would be willing to go when this all started. (snip)

However, Boehner must have had an incredible stick in those negotiations, because Reid and Obama agreed to put things to vote in the Senate which everyone deemed impossible just last week. That is the truly amazing part of what Boehner pulled off yesterday:

The agreement reached with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would repeal President Obama's government takeover of health care in its entirety. The House passed such legislation in January as part of the Pledge to America...
The agreement with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The last thing Reid or Obama want is a vote in the senate on Obamacare (or Planned Parenthood). But now they are going to have to vote and this is huge. If this happens, and 4 of those 23 red-state Democrats up for reelection in 2012 vote against Obamacare, then the President will have to veto a bipartisan bill that lines up with the overall will of the American voters. What could be better than isolating Obama and Obamacare from the will of the people and Congress heading into 2012?

The conclusion is inescapable that the Democrats realized they would be blamed for a shutdown, at least as much as the Republicans. The ploy of holding the troops' paychecks hostage stands as one of the dumbest political moves of the Obama presidency (and that is saying a lot). Sure there would be pictures of families turned away from the Washington Monument, but these would pale in comparison with the pictures of families near military bases unable to pay the rent or buy groceries, going into paycheck advance lenders and payting 22% interest in order to put food on the table.

One thing the American public will not tolerate is using our brave military heroes as political pawns.  Congratulations to Speaker Boehner, who, with "one half of one third of the government" pulled off a victory."



Copyright 2011 - American Thinker

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7 Comments:

At April 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM , Anonymous Steve Bussey said...

Yes, the Speaker pulled off an amazing feat and is to be congratulated, but I'm still not completely onboard. I don't "bash" him for a lack of accomplishment at all. I realize I'm splitting the baby here and "hedging." If these were ordinary times, if it was just a matter of simple over spending then I'd say yep - take the $39 billion and laugh all the way to the bank. But these are not ordinary times in America or the rest of the world and that worries me. These are extrordinarily dangerous times with a political leadership attempting to "fundamentally transform" America and the world so they call for extrodinary measures to stop them. I applaud the Speaker and am cautiously oppotomistic, as they say.

 
At April 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM , Blogger BoRhap77@aol.com said...

In my opinion, Speaker Boehner did just fine, too. The Republicans faced a formidable task going into thid. It would have taken a miracle of biblical proportions to get the Democrats to agree to cut $60 billion. I would hope that those of us who voted for Reps in the last election were not expecting miracles....but rather a steady, continuous fight against very determined opponents. What we need to do now is to back Boehner and the others we've chosen to represent us.....to support them in their quest to undo the profound damage unleashed by this administration....and to realize that our victory will not be won overnight.

 
At April 10, 2011 at 3:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most disgraceful part of this whole ordeal was Obama's attempt to hold the U.S. Military hostage. I can't think of any other president who would have done so. It is one more reason why Americans need to defeat Obama at the polls in 2012. The budget cuts are desperately needed to stop the wasteful spending. We can't let up at all. We must continue to press our elected officials to do just that. If enough Democrats are pressured too they will come around and stop playing political hardball. It is for the good of all Americans to get this country back on track.

 
At April 10, 2011 at 7:27 PM , Anonymous ROA said...

OBAMA EVER THE SOCIALIST MILITARY HATING SCUMBUCKET HE IS, HELD THE PAY CARD OVER THE HEADS OF THE REPUBLICANS. THEY GAVE IN, BUT I CAN'T BLAME THEM. THEY COULDN'T ALLOW THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SUPPORT US WITH THEIR VERY LIVES TO SUFFER THE HARDSHIPS TO WHICH OBAMA WOULD HAVE SUBJECTD THEIR FAMILIES. THE MAN HAS NO SHAME OR MORAL COMPUNCTION WHEN IT COMES TO OUR MILITARY, YET HE CAN'T POSSIBLY ABIDE''THE SUFFERING OF INNOCENT MUSLIMS'' IN LIBYA.

 
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