I hope "Benedict" Boehner is proud
Yesterday my “Daily Rant” was entitled “I’m proud of the Tea Party.” Well today I’m even more proud and I hope that you are as well. Last 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 rejection of 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 the aftermath that will be injurious to “we the people.”
A quick piece of history. In April, after much bluster Boehner, with his shadow, 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 $60B in spending cuts from Obama’s $3.8T budget request.
Then came the day of reckoning, and Boehner, with Cantor in tow told us that a “compromise” had been reached with Obama and the spending cuts would be $38.5B. He lamented to the public 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. That in these types of negotiations, no one gets everything they want, and that the important thing was that they had secured $38.5B in spending cuts.
Then, just three days before Congress was to vote on the budget, the CBO announced that the $38.5B 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 the advertised $38.5B in cuts “will only reduce federal outlays [i.e. spending] by $352M below 2010 spending rates.” Even more egregious, we found out that the spending would actually exceed 2010 spending by $3.3B 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, than to say John Boehner, sans his trade mark tears, had lied to us. I wrote and commented that “we the people” were going to come out on the short end. The late President Reagan’s budget director David Stockman, literally days before the sell-out, said Boehner was looking for a way to cave in. Mark Levin, and other talk show hosts were adamant in saying we were not going to get a deal beneficial to us. But Obama lied and a complicit media, parroted the talking points of both Party’s 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 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 time and again the inaccuracies going 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. Mark said, Boehner would get something passed in the house and sent to the Senate. The Senate would gut it, insert what Harry Reid wanted along with some of what McConnel wanted, pass it, send it back to the House where Pelosi would rally her minions and pass a final piece of legislation that Obama would sign – effectively continuing business as usual.
The only difference between what Boehner and these people have done to us and what Roman Polanski did, was these people won’t run off to France to avoid prosecution. What Boehner et al, have done is unconscionable, second only to those people who believe something was gained.
I’m sick of hearing compromise. I’m sick of hearing get 80% of what you want blah-blah-blah. I call that the nonsensical blathering of the ignorant, uninformed and/or of the specious. If you have cancer, you don’t remove 80% of it – doctors remove it all, and they work diligently to ensure it doesn’t return. Spending is a cancer and not having a balanced budget amendment is equivalent to pancreatic cancer or cancer of the lymph-nodes. Boehner and company had a chance to stand for something, instead they stuck their collective tails between their legs and walked away with nothing.
And before someone prattles on about Obama agreeing to no tax increases, let me remind you very politely that that is crapola. Harry Reid went to Obama and insisted there be no tax increase, because he would be able to add them later. 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 we provide subsistence to. 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 contest, we have prevailed. We must remember those who have repeatedly shown their willingness to sell us short and show them the door in 2012.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here