During the past few weeks, conservatives have been waiting for Speaker Boehner to cave on debt ceiling talks, but up to this point, we’ve been pleasantly surprised that he has held his ground, refusing to give in to Obama’s demand for tax hikes.
Unfortunately, things have taken a sour turn. After the Cut, Cap and Balance bill was passed in the House, then tabled in the Senate, Boehner began working on another plan, which frankly, is a pile of garbage. The plan calls for an immediate increase of $900 billion to the debt ceiling, along with $900 billion in cuts. The problem is that these cuts are spread out over 10 years, and most likely, will never materialize. They rarely ever do in these situations.
Conservative groups are pushing to defeat Boehner’s plan, calling on their members and tea party leaders to contact members of the House and urge them to vote against the bill. Boehner needs 217 votes to pass it, and Republicans hold 240 seats. While there are currently not enough votes to pass the bill, Boehner is confident that they will get them. Now, it appears Boehner and his cronies are strong-arming conservative
Republicans into voting for this new plan. Tea party advocate,
Representative Allen West, has reportedly flipped, and agreed to support
the bill, which greatly surprises and disappoints me. Using strong-arm
tactics is how Democrats get bills passed, and it’s not how Republicans
should be acting.
As with the Cut, Cap and Balance bill, Senate Democrats have vowed to defeat Boehner’s plan, so again, we’re back to square one. If that’s the case, why didn’t we just stick with Cut, Cap and Balance? It was a much more conservative plan and required some fiscal responsibility and accountability.
Either way, Republicans have clearly made an effort here, while Obama refuses to put anything on paper, and vows to veto every plan that has been offered up to him. It’s truly pathetic. It’s clear that Obama is playing politics, and couldn’t care less about the effects on the American economy or citizens. He doesn’t like Cut, Cap and Balance, because it caps the debt ceiling and includes a balanced budget amendment. There’s no way he’s going to agree to that, given his love affair with spending other people’s money. He doesn’t like the new Boehner plan, because it’s temporary, and he refuses to address this again in the middle of his re-election campaign.
Again, I ask, why are we even working with Obama and the Democrats at this point? We control the House, we passed a bi-partisan bill, and we don’t have to compromise on this. The blame sits squarely on Obama’s shoulders, if Democrats refuse to pass a bill and Obama threatens veto at every turn. Frankly, this game of chicken has made us all quite weary.