The Republican Party wants everyone to believe they are the party of limited-government and fiscal conservatism. That's in spite of the fact that they have (quite eagerly) expanded the size, scope and cost of government every chance they've ever had.
A plan to suspend the federal debt limit cleared a key hurdle in the House on Wednesday, easing the threat of a government default for at least four months.
But congressional leaders were already looking toward the next crisis: deep automatic spending cuts that look increasingly likely to hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1.
The Republican-controlled House voted in favor of "suspending" the debt limit (until May 18) by 285-144. While a majority of House Democrats (111) voted against the bill, only 33 "fiscally conservative" Republicans mustered the courage to say "no."
Still wonder why people don't trust the GOP?
After spending the Bush Jr. years aggrandizing the welfare state, warfare state, police state and Executive Branch, I'm amazed anyone votes for them at all. They're pathetic. And every bit as statist as the Democrats.
But, but, but …
"Spending cuts are coming," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Journal. "We are not going to lose the $1.2 trillion we've already got from the last debt-ceiling [fight]. We are going to have to negotiate on top of that for a new debt-ceiling increase …. We're very serious about this."
He and other House leaders rallied GOP support for Wednesday's debt-limit vote by promising to deliver a budget plan that would wipe out deficits within the next decade — a daunting task. For the past two years, the House has passed budgets that propose to cut spending far more deeply than Obama and other Democrats are willing to accept, and even those austere frameworks would take nearly 30 years to achieve balance
Yeah, that's it … raise the debt ceiling today, with promises of spending cuts tomorrow. Hey, somebody let Paul Ryan know my contribution check's in the mail after all. "The sun'll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow" … will never come.
First, a future Congress can vote to spend whatever it wants, so promises of spending cuts tomorrow are as worthless as a box of Social Security IOUs. Second, the $1.2 trillion in "cuts" Ryan is bragging about, are not actual spending cuts. And third, the very idea of taking on more debt today, so they can cut spending tomorrow, is absurdity on stilts!
Face it, if they really wanted to cut spending (any spending at all), they'd have done so by now.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he believes the primary goal of President Obama's second term is to "annihilate the Republican Party."
"Given what we heard yesterday about the president's vision for his second term, it's pretty clear to me that he knows he can't do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans," Boehner said in a speech Tuesday to The Ripon Society. "So we're expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party.
"And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us into the dustbin of history."
Are you scared?
Better "hold your nose" and support those bastards some more, huh?
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. — H.L. Mencken
Voting Republican, expecting limited, constitutional government, is a fool's game. Not only are they complicit in President Obama's runaway spending (see above), they've conspired to destroy our liberties too.
Every great leap in government power accomplished by Democrats over the past 100+ years, was ultimately blessed by Republican administrations. Barely over a decade into the 21st century, the party of "limited-government" has finally proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, they pose no threat whatsoever to the unlimited growth of the Leviathan-on-the-Potomac.
Worse, the GOP is the party of dystopian nightmares … the party of Orwell.
The Department of Homeland Security is not protecting you. They are spying on you. They are controlling you. They are watching you. They are monitoring your electronic communications. They are listening to your phone calls. They are recoding your license plates. Their cameras are recording you. They are putting you into databases. They are George Orwell's vision of the future. They are using your tax dollars to keep you caged and under control like animals. They are arming your local police agencies with predator drones.
What's that you say? They're protecting "us" from Very Scary Booslims?
How precious … The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (to spy on YOU).
It's hardly surprising that Americans don't trust this diabolically intrusive and obscenely wasteful bureaucracy that reeks of fascism, anymore than they trust the party responsible for it … Why "right-wingers" support the GOP, however, is one of the greatest mysteries in the world.
Republicans legitimized unlimited surveillance, indefinite detention and torture — abusive powers once unimaginable in our former "land of the free."
But, but, but …
Keep making excuses for them.
Republicans also gave us Head Start, er, No Child Left Behind. Medicare Part D — which "helped pave the way for Obamacare" — belongs to the GOP … Oh, and, surprise! They're about to go wobbly on guns.
[T]hey are inventing a distinction between private sales at gun shows (seemingly on the bargaining table), and those elsewhere (seemingly not on the table). OK--maybe "inventing" is not quite the right word. The forcible citizen disarmament advocates went after the mythical "gun show loophole" for years before they openly acknowledged a desire to end all private sales.
This distinction, though, artificial as it is, might seem attractive to those politicians trying to walk the narrow line between keeping their "pro-gun" cred, and appeasing the gun ban lobby, the mass media and the Obama administration …
The party of limited, constitutional government, my ass.
You knew exactly what you were doing then, and you did it in spite of a huge chorus of demands that you stand and fight. You knew what you should have done then, but instead you did what you wanted to do, and now you're whining about it.
You disgust me. I wish the rest of the GOP caucus felt the same way I do about you.
I know, I know. Whatever works to keep you in power.
According to the US Congress, a 'ceiling' is now whatever you want it to be. What it isn't anymore is a 'limit'. We are referring to the debt ceiling of course.
[U]nder the deal struck, taxes went up for almost all wage earning Americans, as a result of a 2% increase in the payroll tax. Fifty-three percent of the increased revenue that will be the result of the Boehner-Obama deal will come from the 2% payroll tax increase. With negotiators like Boehner "on the side of the American people," who needs negotiations?
Boehner effectively instituted a spending freeze.
Only in Boehnerville, D.C. would this be considered a spending freeze. What the Act really does is, of course, the exact opposite. It allows spending to go on unchecked by debt ceiling concerns until May 19. If Boehner really wanted a spending freeze to be enacted, he could have simply allowed government spending to hit the debt ceiling, that would have resulted in a spending freeze and perhaps better, spending cuts. The suspension of the debt ceiling simply prevented this from taking place.