House GOP Leadership Assaults Conservatives
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) have made an offer to deal with the Devil, Barack Obama and his clan, the Democrat Party.
Other signatories to the offer were House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), David Camp (R-MI), Chairman House Ways and Means Committee, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Republican Conference Chairman and Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Notice how many of these Representatives are from Blue States. All of them except Boehner who is from a Purple State that Obama won in the last election. Cantor is also from Virginia, a flip state who went for Obama.
Boehner thinks he’s smart by offering not to raise tax rates yet offers revenue increases through the back door by cutting loopholes on the so-called wealthy. I argue and at the same time ask someone in the Republican Party to define “rich” and “wealthy” and then reconcile those terms and the respective definitions to $250,000.
And when you sign on to a tax pledge promising American’s you will NOT raise taxes, no matter how long ago, then back off that promise you become a liar.
Heritage Action, long a thorn in the side of the House Republican leadership, told its members in an email that Boehner was asking his “members to go back on their promise not to raise taxes on the American people” by putting $800 billion in new revenue into the mix of the negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff.
The offer presented to Obama was to raise taxes by $800 billion and cut spending by $1.2 trillion, with no substantive reforms to the entitlement programs that are driving U.S. spending and debt.
Daniel Horowitz wrote on RedState.
“First, when you begin negotiations agreeing to 60% of the demands of the other side and fail to offer a bold contrast on the other 40%, you are headed for an outcome that is 80-90% favorable to your opponent.
Second, when you need to outsource your budget plan and entire view of government to Democrat Erskine Bowles, you are relegating yourself and your party to irrelevancy.”
Boehner was on a secret mission in the past negotiating with Obama and offering $800 billion in taxes increases before.
Paul Ryan’s budget has already passed the House, why not present that to Obama again and again. It’s what the constituents of the Representatives that voted Aye for the bill received through a Democratic process. But not the erstwhile Boehner. In his letter to Obama Boehner actually tipped his hand and trashed the Ryan budget.(Emphasis LCs.)
If we were to take your Administration’s proposal at face value, then we would counter with the House-passed Budget Resolution. It assumes an overhaul of our tax code with revenue remaining at historically normal levels and proposes structural reforms to preserve and protect the Nation’s entitlement programs, ensuring they are sustainable for the long-term rather than continuing to grow out of control.
Why don’t you propose the budget, lay your cards on the table, explain to the American public that this budget was passed in the House, has been available for months, it’s no secret to the Obama administration and Democrats have consistently rejected it? Why stay silent?
Top Conservative Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) writes:
Big government is the cause of our debt crisis, not the solution. Washington has a spending addiction that is shackling our children and grandchildren with unsustainable debt. Conservatives fought for a balanced budget amendment last year precisely because we knew the political establishment in Washington would never stop their tax and spend addiction without it. However, if neither party leadership is going to put forward a serious plan to balance the budget and pay down the debt, we should end this charade. We can stop the fiscal cliff with the bill that House Republicans already passed that simply extends the current tax rates and replaces the defense cuts with reductions in wasteful spending.
Why did Paul Ryan sign on to this? Politics and survival sometimes interfere with conviction and principle.
Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have worked assiduously to keep conservative groups on the outside in line as they try to strike a massive deal to keep taxes low on all Americans and avoid spending cuts to the Pentagon and other domestic programs.
On Monday, in a closed meeting, House Republicans booted Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Justin Amash (R-MI) and Walter Jones (R-NC) from plum committee assignments. This was retribution for members who voted against Boehner’s team and had been long discussed in leadership circles. It was low-risk for Boehner — he went after three freshman and Jones, who has long been a pariah in the House Republican establishment.
“This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement,” Huelskamp said. “The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions.”
In John Boehner’s House if you’re a Conservative and speak out you’re relegated to the broom closet. If you stick to your campaign promises to your constituents you’re punished for not falling in line with Boehner’s Politburo. If you’re not a good Comrade you are placed in the House Gulag.
Sarah Palin wrote at her Facebook page:
“We send good conservatives to D.C. to fulfill the promises they made to the electorate, and yet when they stay true to their word the permanent political class in their own party punishes them.”
“This won’t be forgotten come 2014. Right now the GOP establishment is more concerned about the opinion of the media and the Georgetown cocktail circuit than they are ‘we the people’ who hired them. For all this new talk of how the GOP needs a ‘populist movement,’ it would do them good to remember they already have one; it’s called the Tea Party movement, and it won for them the majority they now enjoy in the House.”
Boehner and his RINO ilk gained power because of the Tea Party and grassroots movement and nothing they did got them across the finish line.
In a 1990 profile in Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, Boehner identified his favorite past time as golf and cited as his role model former football player, former HUD Secretary, and future vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp.
Mr. Kemp must be rolling in his grave as Boehner forgets his humble beginnings and uses his power to destroy Conservatives and “compromise” with a party that believes compromise is doing it their way. Apparently Mr. Boehner likes that Democrat Party style.
I recently had a conversation with a pulmonary specialist concerning Obamacare and Boehner. The doctor told me if I wanted to see Boehner just drop by Andy’s Cafe in Reading, Ohio.
I’m sure it’s not that easy to get in touch with the Speaker of the House but if it is then maybe Boehner should get back to DC and get busy doing his job and sticking to his tax pledge. If not he may be relegated to the same dust heap his tossing Conservatives.
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