Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R.-Kansas) told One America News reporter Neil W. McCabe that when Omnibus Budget bill was drafted Republican leaders ignored commitments the party made to Capitol Hill conservatives and the American people.
And this is precisely the problem. Once again the Republican leadership ignoring its Conservative Base and caving into the Democrats – GIVING AWAY THE STORE. Obama got what he wanted on some key issues – more money and authorization to increase Middle East refugee settlement in America and increased authority for the EPA to cripple our economy to name just two.
As most of our readers have already noted, the new Omnibus bill was passed and announced during the height of the debate Frenzy Tuesday evening and the details rolled out on Hump Day with one disturbing detail after another. Ed talked about the foreign worker visa provisions this morning, but that was probably just the tip of the iceberg.
I’m not sure what there was to like here. First of all, we need to look no further than the fact that this deal is dumping another half trillion dollars in debt on our heads right out of the gate. The New York Times, in their ever cheerful way, seemed to see this as a good thing and placed any blame for the increasingly fatal hole in the budget on the failure to increase taxes without paying much heed to the vast increases in spending. I’ve mostly lost faith in the ability to hammer this home to anyone, but we’re nearing the point of no return on the debt which many feel is the $19T mark. And yet, rather than at least slowing the growth of the poison pill, we’re accelerating the disease.
We also lost the amendment on the American SAFE Act, which might have allowed us to more carefully screen “refugees” from terrorist infested areas before we have more San Bernardino scenarios on our hands. Sadly, the Democrats apparently convinced a sufficient number of Republicans that too many guns in the hands of law abiding gun owners were the real threat, so that one was unceremoniously flushed. Oh, and the environmentalists got their piece of the pie also, as The Weekly Standard reports.
The Journal also reports that “the deal would adopt environmental and renewable measures that Democrats want. These include extending wind and solar tax credits, reauthorizing a conservation fund for three years and excluding any measures that block major administration environmental regulations.”
Let’s see, what else is there? Well, for one thing, DACA is fully funded, just in case you were worried that we were going to take border security and immigration issues seriously. (Spoiler alert: we’re not.) There is no cutback to the funding for “sanctuary cities.” And here’s a real gem for you on “refugee” resettlement aside from what we already covered:
On page 917 of Ryan’s omnibus a section titled “Refugee and Entrant Assistance” funds the President’s resettlement of illegal immigrant border crossers.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, we’re not going to pay for the border fence improvements which were already negotiated.
By the time I finished reading all of this after dinner my head was spinning. What exactly did we get out of this deal aside from the crude oil export embargo? Nearly everything else on the list is a summary of Democrat objectives. Didn’t we win the majority in both the House and the Senate a little while back? And just to be clear, I understand that the President was doing his usual dance and claiming he was going to veto the spending bill if he didn’t get everything he wanted, but wouldn’t the blame fall on him if he received a functional spending bill, crafted by the people’s elected representatives, on his desk to sign? Sure… the media would blame the GOP and if they did a good enough job we’d take the hit in the polls. (That’s a given.) But the reality would be that it was Obama shutting down the government this time. I made this point over and over again during the mid-term elections on these very page. I was willing to sacrifice a fair bit in the short term if we could get control of the entire legislature. Only a madman (or a committed Democrat.. but I repeat myself) would seriously blame the majority for shutting down the government if they passed a budget and the White House shot it down.
I don’t know what happened on Tuesday night. Frankly, I’m still trying to get the number of the truck that hit us.