“Boehner: GOP a ‘minority party’”
Well, except in the people’s House, from which taxing and spending bills come, and from which funding determinations are hammered out. There, the GOP is a majority. Though it seems of late to have forgotten that, voting with the “minority party” in the House to pass that minority party’s agenda.
So I guess in a kind of convoluted way, Boehner is correct, after all!
In an exclusive interview with nationally syndicated talk show host Sean Hannity, House Speaker John Boehner all but ruled out using the debt ceiling as leverage to pass the House Republican proposal to balance the budget within 10 years.
“Do you want to risk the full faith and credit of the United States government over Obamacare? That’s a very tough argument to make.” Boehner asked of Hannity. The House proposal, which would cut trillions of spending off the current baseline, repeals the new health care law. But Boehner does not want to attach it to the debt ceiling.
Hannity noted that the government will raise $2.7 trillion of revenue for 2013, as projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which would more than pay for approximately $350 billion of gross interest payments should the debt ceiling be reached.
But Boehner talked that down, too, suggesting that the Treasury would run into cash flow problems even with a change to the law. He seemed to ignore a proposal by Sen. Pat Toomey that addressed that objection by giving limited authority to Treasury to raise the debt ceiling by enough to borrow to meet priority payments when there is such a proposal.
And the House Speaker said he would not use a continuing resolution as leverage either, to avert a government shutdown. “Our goal is to cut spending, not to shut down the government. And if we were to put Obamacare [repeal] into the continuing resolution and send it over to the Senate, we were risking shutting down the government. That’s not our goal,” he said.
Boehner added, “It is very difficult to impose our will on them,” referring to the Senate and White House.
In short, the Republican leader has seemingly taken every tool at his disposal off the table that might give House Republicans a fighting chance to get the nation’s fiscal house in order.
– And that’s because, we have every right to conclude, the Republican leader has no desire to get the nation’s fiscal house in order — particularly if it’s going to make things for him unpleasant in DC.
I can almost taste Boehner’s salty-sweet, orange-flavored tears simply by thinking on the angst the conservatives have put him through, insisting that the GOP meet its obligations to the people who propelled them to power, not to the “majority party” in the other branches.
Don’t they know how difficult that is to do? That you have to make real arguments and stand on actual principle, rather than block rules, make backroom compromises — or offer phony symbolic show votes that you hope gull the conditioned GOP rah-rah sheep?
[...] leadership’s reluctance to have a fight over spending makes an upcoming vote on the Republican budget nothing more than symbolic window dressing.
It all but guarantees that the national debt, now $16.7 trillion, will hit $20 trillion in 2016, Obama’s final year in office. After that, it will rise to $25 trillion by 2022, and rack up tens of trillions more in the decades that follow.
It guarantees that the health care law will continue to be implemented and fully funded, including expanding Medicaid, funding the state insurance exchanges, and enforcing the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance.
It ensures that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has seen fit to unlawfully regulate carbon dioxide and water as harmful pollutants under the Clean Air and Water Acts, will be fully funded. That the agency will continue its war coal and other carbon based fuels unabated.
It allows the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which was lawlessly seated with phony “recess” appointments when Congress was not even in a congressional recess, to continue implementing big labor’s agenda.
It leaves Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in government conservatorship, nationalizing housing finance, and Sallie Mae in government hands, nationalizing higher education finance. It leaves Dodd-Frank untouched.
It allows the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund to continue bailing out financial institutions that bet poorly on U.S. housing and European sovereign debt.
In short, by refusing to use the debt ceiling or spending prioritization option or the continuing resolution as leverage, Boehner guarantees that Obama’s agenda will continue to be implemented without any interruption from the House of Representatives.
And that’s intentional, either out of fear or agreement, it doesn’t matter.
The GOP is a dead party. And as a result, the US is a dead nation. All that remains is the waiting.