The dirty secret is out.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and John Cornyn, the
senior Senator from Texas, have stuck a big knife in the back of their
colleague, Senator Ted Cruz.
While Cruz stands alone in his call to defund the Affordable Care Act, his
two colleagues are working the Republican caucus to rescue
McConnell and Cornyn are doing what the
so-called opponents of big government do best:
Surrendering and tossing up the
white flag. The socialists of the Obama administration can now breathe a deep
sigh of relief. Senator Ted Cruz’s attempt to kill Obamacare’s funding was the
final battle of an ineffective war that the Republicans have waged since the
bill was passed.
How Did We Get Here?
Before the ‘90's, Congress ran properly, and spending was handled as part of
the regular order of business. The budget was separated into its component
parts, and hearings were held to discuss which programs worked and which
programs needed to be cut or reformed.
But as government grew bigger and bigger, Congress quit reviewing programs
and marking up individual appropriations bills. Now, programs no longer receive
appropriate congressional oversight.
At the end of the year, congressional leaders present the Congress with
gigantic spending bills called the Continuing Resolution (CR) that “keep the
government running.” The problem with these bills is that they don’t allow for
the discontinuation of programs. The spending bill is stuffed full of every
broken, uneconomic program under the sun. Then, in the week before government is
set to go broke, congressional representatives face the prospect of voting for
every program or shutting the government down.
Can you imagine a private company that could never discontinue a product or
close a factory? Well this is how the government is being run. Keep everything
the same, no matter how poorly performing, or shut the entire enterprise down.
Close the doors and go away.
Now, nobody believes the U.S. government is going away. Nobody believes that
next year the IRS isn’t going to collect its pound of flesh, or that Barack
Obama won’t be flying around in his private 747, campaigning for bigger
government at the taxpayers’ expense.
Every year at budget time this charade goes on. Personally, I find it
A Glitch in the System
This year, though, we’re a surprising freshman senator by the name of Ted
Cruz. He hasn’t yet been schooled in the ways of Washington. He hasn’t processed
the lesson that we have to make this Hobson’s choice every fall. So he came up
with a plan to not fund Obamacare in the CR.
His reward for thinking outside the box – behavior which would receive rich
rewards in the private sector – is to be knifed then hung out to dry by his own
We shouldn’t be surprised. The U.S. government has become an unmanageable,
destructive giant that’s leading the country’s economy to ruin. When someone
tries to make even modest corrections to balance the budget and rationalize
behavior, they become the victim of a high-tech smear campaign launched by their
I dare say that these egotistical maniacs running the asylum we call D.C.
won’t change their tactics until they’ve so totally destroyed the country that
we have no chance of renewal.
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If I was Senator Cruz, I’d dust my feet off and leave in disgust. Let’s hope
he has more patience than I do and continues to fight. I personally salute him
and the House Republicans desperately trying to kill this monstrosity called
Obamacare before it’s too late. He offered up a valiant effort this time, and he
should continue to fight to the status quo in Congress.
On the other hand, I have nothing but contempt for the two-faced Republican
leaders such as John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, who all deserve
to lose their jobs for dishonesty and cowardly behavior.
Your eyes on the Hill,