Surrender by any other name – Tea Party Nation


Surrender by any other name – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips on April 9, 2011 at 8:04am in Tea Party Nation Forum

The spin is out in full speed mode this morning.   In fact, if the spin gets any worse, I’ll need Dramamine. The media is exulting the “compromise” that averted a government shut down as a great thing.  The inside the beltway crowd is applauding John Boehner.

Can someone please tell me how this is anything other than John Boehner hauling up the white flag because he is unwilling to fight? Can anyone please tell me how this is anything but a complete victory for the liberal Democrats, who want to keep spending this country into bankruptcy and poverty?

Conservatives wanted a few things in this budget.  We wanted major budget cuts.  We wanted Planned Parenthood defunded.   We wanted NPR defunded.  We wanted the EPA riders so that agency would quit killing jobs.

What did we get?

We got an additional six billion in budget cuts.  The deficit is $1.65 trillion for this year.  I guess we can now be subtracting $39 billion from that number; assuming Obama’s Libyan war does not go over budget.

Some how, that does not seem like much of a win.

According to Politico, there was a meeting in the Oval office yesterday, with Obama, Boehner, and Joe Biden.  Boehner was holding firm that Planned Parenthood be defunded.  Joe Biden looked at him and said, that was unacceptable and the Democrats “would take it to the American people,” and blame the GOP for shutting the government down on an ideological issue.  Boehner folded immediately.

It is always an advantage when you know your opponent won’t fight.

Last year, Planned Parenthood gave a million dollars to Democrats.  Prior Planned Parenthood investments in Democrats have been good for them, as even during the times of a Republican controlled Senate and House, such as 2001-2007, Planned Parenthood received almost a billion dollars from the government.  They are a major liberal interest group that should not be receiving government money.  Yet they do and the Republicans in Congress lack the courage to turn the faucet off.

NPR remains the media arm for liberalism in America.  Why they get government funding is a mystery.  Actually, it is not.  The Democrats know how to support those who support them and the GOP lacks the courage to do anything about it.   In 2004, members of the drive by media told John Kerry, the favorable media coverage he would receive from the left wing media would be worth ten points to him in the polls.   Thanks to the media, Kerry almost won in 2004.  The media is lopsided enough as it is.  Can someone in the GOP please explain why they cannot fight for something as simple as defunding NPR?

I have already received a couple of emails this morning from friends telling me this is a great victory because we are going to get an up or down vote in the Senate on Planned Parenthood funding and Obamacare.

I also have some ocean front property in Tennessee for sale too.

The GOP has a history of promising, “Oh, we will have a vote on this issue.”  That is supposed to mean something?  A vote is a joke.  We do not elect these people to vote on these issues.  We elect them to get something done.  Does anyone really believe that on either Obamacare or Planned Parenthood funding there will be four Democrats who will defect?   That isn’t a concession. That is a joke.

Two days ago, I sent an open letter to Boehner about the budget impasse.  In that letter, I told him, you have a great opportunity here.  The Government Accounting Office, over a month ago, released a report identifying “hundreds of billions” in waste that could be eliminated from the Federal Budget.   Where is Boehner on this?  Where are any of the Republicans?  No one has done anything with this.  As I was talking to reporters yesterday, I mentioned this to several of them.  They all remembered the story and were very surprised that no one in DC had done a thing with it.   We could have a budget with hundreds of billions in cuts, at a time when we desperately need those cuts, and the cuts would have huge public support.  No matter where you stand politically, almost no one favors their tax dollars be wasted.

Now that the liberals have thoroughly defeated John Boehner on the budget, they are going to turn their eyes towards raising the debt ceiling.  Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has already said the debt ceiling needs to be raised by $2 trillion dollars and that will only get us to next November.  By then the national debt will be $16 trillion and we will hear the same chorus of voices saying we must raise the debt ceiling again.  If we raise the debt ceiling, Congress will continue to spend money.

Our enemy here is the liberal Democrats who want to spend this country into bankruptcy.  We need strong GOP leaders who are willing to fight them.

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