In a daily editorial I write called my “Daily Rant,” I wrote one entitled, “I’m proud of the tea party.” As of the date I pen this, I’m even more proud – and I hope that you are as well. The other evening, 22 Republican men and women of principle stood up in the face of what I have no doubt was withering pressure and did the right thing. They rejected the Boehner compromise.
Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Neil Cavuto, myself and of course a handful of others have been advocating the rejection of John Boehner’s committed desire to pass legislation for the sake of doing something – either ignorant of the outcome of his actions or deceitfully complicit in an aftermath that will be injurious to “We the People.”
A quick piece of history: In April, after much bluster, Boehner, with his shadow, Eric Cantor, in tow, claimed he had reached a “compromise” deal on Obama’s 2011 budget. Prior to that, in press conference after press conference, Boehner had prattled on about demanding $60 billion in spending cuts from Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget request.
Then came the day of reckoning, and Boehner, told us that a “compromise” had been reached with Obama and the spending cuts would be $38.5 billion. He lamented that this was the best deal he could get. He and Cantor assured us it was a good deal and that they had done their best, adding that, in these types of negotiations, no one gets everything they want, and that the important thing was that they had secured $38.5 billion in spending cuts.
Then, just three days before Congress was to vote on the budget, the CBO announced that the $38.5 billion in spending cuts would actually “cut spending this year by less than one-one hundredth of what [Boehner] or Democrats [had] claimed.” It was then that we found out that the advertised $38.5 billion in cuts “will only reduce federal outlays [i.e., spending] by $352 million below 2010 spending rates.” Even more egregious, we found out that the spending would actually exceed 2010 spending by $3.3 billion if emergency spending was included in the total (as it most certainly would be at their first opportunity).
There is no other way to say this: John Boehner had lied to us. I wrote and commented that “We the People” were going to come out on the short end. President Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, warned that Boehner was looking for a way to cave in. Mark Levin and other talk-show hosts were adamant in saying that we were not going to get a deal beneficial to us. But Obama lied, and a complicit media parroted the talking points of both parties – and we got shorted again.
Now we move forward to the present, and Boehner has cobbled together one of the worst pieces of ineffective and worthless legislation I’ve seen in a long time. He cajoled, lied, strong-armed, promised and bribed 218 Republicans in the House to betray the best interest of the people.
Rush Limbaugh argued that we were being played. I argued that, if the legislation were any good he wouldn’t need to manipulate people like a used-car salesman in order to pass it. Neil Cavuto questioned and pointed out the inaccuracies tossed back and forth. Charles Paine pointed out the inaccuracies and hypocrisy. But Mark Levin nailed it when he accurately detailed the scenario we are now faced with. He ostensibly said they would pass a final piece of legislation that Obama would sign – effectively continuing business as usual.
What Boehner et al. have done is unconscionable, followed closely by those who argue, “at least something was done.”
I’m sick of hearing the word “compromise.” I’m sick of hearing, “get 80 percent of what you want blah-blah-blah.” I call that the nonsensical blathering of the uninformed and/or of the specious. If you have cancer, you don’t remove 80 percent of it – doctors remove it all, and they work diligently to ensure it doesn’t return. Spending and debt are cancers; and just as cancer in the human body, you must remove it or die. Boehner helped place America on life support for a short time – he did nothing to help heal her. The entire thing was a perverse and obscene kabuki theater played out at our expense.
The tea party stood firm under public attacks by those to whom we provide subsistence. We never once heard Obama or anyone else on Capitol Hill talk about not getting their paychecks. But they did their best to scare senior citizens, veterans and museum employees.
To my tea-party brothers and sisters, it is apparent that the battle lies with us. We will be vilified and scorned, but we will be able to sleep at night knowing that, even though we haven’t prevailed in this particular contest, we have prevailed. We must remember those who have repeatedly shown their willingness to dismiss the best interest of the people, and show them the door in 2012.