20 October 2013

Republicans Caved-Again!


I haven't been in the mood to say much lately, but I am now.  Last week, the Republicans caved to the Democrats AGAIN!  Again, they wimped out of a budget and/or debt ceiling fight.  I knew the writing was on the wall when 25 of the 44 Senate Republicans voted with the Democrats for cloture, which effectively opened the door to get a CR done; I say get a continuing resolution (i.e. CR) done, because we haven't had a proper budget in almost five years now.

When the House initially passed a CR with everything Obama wanted BUT Obamacare funding, I was encouraged; those of us in the Tea Party put pressure on the Republicans, and it appeared that they'd listened to us.  When Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) led the charge in the Senate to defund Obamacare, I was encouraged.  When the government was PARTIALLY shut down, I was even more encouraged; the last time the Republicans did this in 1995, it led to our first balanced budget in years, and we even had a surplus!  I was hoping the Republicans would fight the good fight this time; I was hoping they would listen to us; after all, if not for the Tea Party, the Republicans could not have won control of the House in 2010.

Ah, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn put pressure on Senate Republicans to vote WITH the Democrats!  WTF?!  By voting to end the filibuster (which is what cloture does, per Senate rules), the 25 French Republicans, in effect, voted to KEEP Obamacare in place; they voted for Obamacare!  Oh, I know, I know; when the vote on the CR (restoring Obamacare funding) was held, these same clowns voted against it, but that was meaningless; the Democrats hold 54 Senate seats, while the Republicans hold 44.  IOW, when holding a vote of any kind that only requires a simple majority, the Republicans cannot stop anything the Democrats want to do.  Why?  Because they do not have the votes; 54 is more than 44 the last time I checked.

If the Republicans want to stop the Democrats' agenda, then they have to use the filibuster and vote AGAINST cloture; they have enough votes to stop the Democrats IF they remain united; to invoke cloture, 60 votes are needed, while the Democrats had only 54.  IOW, if the Republicans had held fast on the cloture vote of 27 September, then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrat cronies could not have passed a CR that restored Obamacare funding.  To put it another way, by voting for cloture, the 25 Republican traitors effectively voted FOR Obamacare; they voted to keep in in place.  Why?  That is NOT what we sent them to do!  We sent them to STOP this botched abortion of a law, a law that'll wreck what was once the finest health care system in the world.

What's even more galling is that these same 25 French Republicans will then run back to their states, and say how they voted against Obamacare when the vote came up; they'll say that they tried to stop it but couldn't, since they're the minority party in the Senate.  This is true; they voted against the CR when it came up.  What they will NOT say is how, by voting for cloture, they enabled the CR to pass in the first place!  They're freaking hypocrites and traitors.  How stupid do they think we are?!

The reason that this is upsetting is all Republicans campaigned on the promise to repeal, defund, and/or obstruct Obamacare in any way possible.  Poll after poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans do NOT want Obamacare, so fighting against it is a winning strategy.  However, when push came to shove, most of those rat bastards voted for it; they did not vote to defund the law, which would have delayed or prevented its implementation.  When it came time to fight, the majority of Republicans surrendered, and they did so before the fight even began.

I think that had the Senate Republicans held their ground in the cloture vote, then we may have won this fight.  The government would still be partially shut down.  The fight would still be going on, which means that we'd have a chance to finally begin to reign in our out of control spending.  If we don't, then we'll be like Greece in the near future.  That's not something any thinking person wants.

I know I shouldn't be surprised, and at the end of the day, I wasn't.  After all, the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill (House Speaker John Boehner, House Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, et al) has caved on every fight with Obama and the Democrats; I figured that they'd cave this time too.  However, when the House voted for a CR defunding Obamacare, a part of me was optimistic.  Thanks to the backstabbing ways of the French Republicans in the Senate, we (our country) lost an important fight, a fight to remain fiscally solvent.  While I am not surprised, I am disgusted.  Those are my thoughts...



They Don't Need No Water said...

It's going to burn to the ground no matter what anyone does to try and stop it.

MarkyMark said...

Perhaps so, but I wish someone would at least try to get some WATER on the fire! That would be something...

Unknown said...

Nothing is going to change until conservatives stop protesting in
public areas. Rather they should be protesting at every TV studio and newspaper outlet in the country.. That way they cannot continue to ignore us.

Anonymous said...

You'd be surprised how many people that I know who otherwise seem to be really smart folks (computer programmer types) who have this "so what's the problem with Obamacare?" take, and who also think the Tea Party'ers are a bunch of wackos. I fail to understand how *anyone* can't understand "taxed enough already"...!
This whole thing is so much like a nightmare that never ends that I'm forced to watch every agonizing second. These days I get the impression we are a "center-left" country, what with all the anti-Tea Party rhetoric. More proof positive in my mind that ideologically we lost the Cold War.

Steve C

Anonymous said...

Obama (The long-legged mack daddy) used Saul Alinsky's rules for radicals and it appears the repbulicrats caved in. As you are a former navy man, Mark, did you know John McCain caused the fire on the aircraft carrier USS Forstall in 1967 which killed I believe over 100. and was never charged because his dad was an Admiral? There are many other incidences where he was hot dogging as a pilot.

Zeke said...

@Anonymous :

"You'd be surprised how many people that I know who otherwise seem to be really smart folks (computer programmer types) who have this "so what's the problem with Obamacare?"

It's because they're so brainwashed with leftist Communist propaganda that they HAVE to abandon common sense in order to accept how utterly insane the situation is.

Also, you need to know there is a big difference between intelligence and wisdom.

These computer programmer types are very intelligent, but they're very foolish.

Wisdom is having the sense not to drive drunk. Intelligence without wisdom is like knowing how a car works both inside and out, yet still driving home drunk.

You are smarter, but foolish.

And so it here. These programmers are smart but foolish.

And because they have been so brainwashed with anti-conservative, pro-leftist Communist propaganda, they are filled with hatred against anyone who dares criticize their beloved socialist savior.

And hatred combined with folly is a deadly cocktail at best. You can only deal with these people by defeating them.

Wisdom and reason will only go so far with these mad dogs.

Wikked said...

Mark, you don't actually believe that there's any difference between the Republicrats and the Demopublicans, do you? Democommie vs. Republifascist, it doesn't matter who wins, the country loses.

Let Obamacare stay. In fact, let's see them write a law giving even MORE money to the parasites. Give every breeder female $100K if she's single, plus another $50K for each whelp after the first. Give $100K to everyone who can prove there's a black, Mexican/Puerto Rican/whatever, AmerInd, Asian, etc., anywhere in their woodpile. Heck, give them the cash even if they CAN'T prove it! Give another hundred K to anyone who thinks they might have some kind of disability. Yup, let's give it all away.

I want to sit back in my folding chair, crack open a beer, and watch the fiery death throes of Western civilization.

MarkyMark said...

I want to sit back in my folding chair, crack open a beer, and watch the fiery death throes of Western civilization.


While I understand your sentiment, I don't want to see that (i.e. the death throes of our civilization). Why? Because there's a good chance I'll have to LIVE through it! You'll live through it too if you haven't already moved to another country...


Anonymous said...

Did you ever get a response to your request for how to leave the USA? If not then I have a few links you might be able to use..

What to look for when getting ready to move to a new country:

Health Care Rankings by Country: (http://www.businessinsider.com/best-healthcare-systems-in-the-world-2012-6?op=1) Economic Freedom Index: (http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking)
Govt. Corruption Index: (http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2013) Quality of Life Index:

A list of travel books (from Amazon.com) I saved at an Pintrest clone called Dart It Up:

Other information includes:

Becoming a "Stateless Citizen": (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statelessness)



I know bloggers new comment section is limited so I made a little bit longer list here:

Hope this helps.

Mezz Mezzrow Jr.

Anonymous said...


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to the article:(http://tinyurl.com/q8apz5w) If he should take it down or it disappears I made a copy here: (http://textuploader.com/ta2k) You can print articles online at Print Friendly
(printfriendly.com) And for those of you who say your too broke to travel: 100 Resources
for broke globetrotters (http://bit.ly/1eiuKBo). Bonus two: How to travel around the world for $418 (http://is.gd/ehCYOe)

Good Luck.

Mezz Mezzrow Jr.