Once again the elites in Washington have proven that the founding concept of a “government of the people, by the people and for the people” is nothing more than a myth. Senator Mitch McConnell sold out the Tea Party Republicans for a large barrel of pork for his state of Kentucky. Not only did the Republican leader in the Senate give Obama everything they wanted on the Continuing Resolution and the Debt Ceiling, he gave Obama the tool to be able the raise the debt ceiling in the future without having to worry about what the Republicans want in exchange. Breitbart has the story:
The plan includes a proposal offered by McConnell in the 2011 debt ceiling crisis that allows Congress to disapprove of the debt ceiling increase, which means lawmakers will formally vote on whether to reject a debt ceiling increase until Feb. 7. Obama can veto that legislation if it passes. If Congress fails as expected to gather a two-thirds majority to override the veto, the debt ceiling would be raised.
With this very cute sleight of hand, the two legislative bodies of Congress gave away more of their constitutional powers to the president. Let’s look at an example to see how this works. Let’s say that President Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling by $1 trillion. But John Boehner and the Republicans in the House only are only willing to raise the debt ceiling by $700 billion. Normally this would lead to an impasse and a potential government shut down if the parties can come to some kind agreement after some give and take by both sides. But that is not going to happen anymore. Instead, John Boehner would say to his Republican colleagues in the House that the President is asking to raise the debt ceiling by a $1 trillion. We are going to vote on a bill Not To Raise The Debt Ceiling by $1 trillion. And, the Republican controlled House passes the bill Not To Raise the debt Ceiling by $1 trillion and they send it to the Senate. The Senate then will pretend to cave-in to the House Republicans and they too will pass the bill Not To Raise the debt ceiling $1 trillion and they will send the bill to President Obama for his signature. Obama, of course will veto the bill immediately. Then, because there are not enough votes (2/3 of both houses) to over-ride the President’s veto, the debt ceiling will be raised by $1 trillion just like the President and the Democrats wanted in the first place. And, the slimy Republicans will be able to say that they voted to Not Raise the debt ceiling by that much but they couldn’t over come the President’s veto.
Sadly, a vast majority of the American electorate will not see anything wrong with what these criminals have done to undermine our constitution again. Congress and especially the Republicans have agreed to make themselves even less relevent than they already were.
Last night I wrote the following comment at the America’s Watchtower blog, of Steve Dennis:
Can somebody tell me what good it does us conservatives to have a Republican majority in the House? It probably wouldn’t make much difference if Republicans controlled both houses and the presidency. We have a one party system and they are not going to let go of their power. We are a minority in America and we had better get use to it. Now we can sit back and watch Paul Ryan sell us out on amnesty.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?