There is so much wrong with this. We sit out here hoping Boehner and company knows what they’re doing while Reps. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) and Steve King (R-IA) are calling for a fight. They lost and we passed a continuing resolution for another three weeks. This is going nowhere but to hell. Proof of that is realizing that on the very day we cut $6 billion, our debt jumped $72 billion. This is insanity.
Bachmann and Steven King (R-Iowa) called for the GOP to stand by their pledge. “If we do not stand our ground on the CR (continuing resolutions)… and use it to stop the $105.5 billion… Obamacare will be implemented on our watch, and …we will find it difficult–if not impossible–to regain the strategic advantage.”
For gosh sakes, we are getting nowhere shaving chips off the log. Let’s call their bluff. Shut-down the government if we must and defund ObamaCare. It’s time Speaker Boehner.
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Right now, it’s the Democrats with the strategic advantage. For weeks, they’ve managed to “bully” the GOP with their threat of a government shutdown. Everyone, including the Associated Press knows there’s really no such thing as a government shutdown (unless you’re planning a visit to the National Parks).
Given the fact of how limited the impact would be, there’s absolutely no reason for Republicans to cower, hide under their desk and not stand their ground on the pledge made pre-November and in January.
Nevertheless, the three-week extension gives up not only social ground but fiscal ground as well. Of the twenty-five programs targeted in this CR, twenty-three of the cuts were requested by the President or Democrats. As for the other two, they simply end the funding for two projects that no longer exist. So far all the three CR;s have done is cut $10 billion but it is but a smoke screen to cover the $4 billion that is being borrowed every day.
“It is unfortunate that Members of Congress in both parties are supporting a losing strategy, rather than doing what is right for the country,” said Lee. “The continuing resolution maintains unsustainable spending levels despite widespread agreement that we need meaningful reductions. The question before the Senate is whether we are going to take bold action now to reduce our deficit and control spending, or keep putting it off and drive the country further into debt.
Lee is a constitutional conservative and he is desperately needed in the Senate. Just because we do not have a majority in the senate doesn’t mean every conservative should not be getting into print (and on YouTube) every single day. I’m glad to hear a voice there and hope he will continue to speak out.
If Congress were to cut $6 billion every three weeks for the next 36 weeks, it would manage to save between now and late November as much money as the Treasury added to the nation’s net debt during just the business hours of Tuesday, March 15.
At the close of business on Monday, according to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Public Debt, the total national debt stood at $14.166 trillion ($14,166,030,787,779.80). At the close of business Tuesday, the debt stood at $14.237 trillion ($14,237,952,276,898.69), an increase of $71.9 billion ($71,921,489,118.89).
Since the beginning of fiscal year 2011–which began on Oct. 1, 2010–the national debt has climbed from $13.5616 trillion ($13,561,623,030,891.79) to $14.2379 trillion ($14,237,952,276,898.69) an increase of $676.3 billion ($676,329,246,006.90).
Congress would need to cut spending by $6 billion every three weeks for approximately the next six and a half years (338 weeks) just to equal the $676.3 billion the debt has increased thus far this fiscal year.
If hearing that our debt jumping $72BILLION DOLLARS on the very day we played around and cut $6BILLION doesn’t spell out the danger we are in, then what will?
I suggest we all tweet Boehner about our dismay, our angst and ask him to explain how he plans to fix this, because clearly he can’t keep chipping away and make any progress.
MESSAGE TO CONGRESS: Get to every mic you can find and echo Bachmann and King. Do it now. Start Talking. Start Bitching. Make the point. Do it now. Oh, I forgot, you’re on vacation next week. Damn. See the roll call vote here.