A herd of angry RINOs. – Tea Party Nation

John Boehner tells American Unemployed its You...A herd of angry RINOs. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips on November 30, 2011 at 7:58am in Tea Party Nation Forum

The RINOs are stirring on Capitol Hill and they are angry.   The angry RINOs are the big spenders who are in positions of authority. 

What are they angry about?

They are angry that many of the Republican rank and file and even a few in the Republican leadership broke ranks recently on a spending bill and voted against it. 

Before Thanksgiving, the House passed a small appropriations bill.  In Washington-speak, it was called a “mini-bus.”   The full appropriations bill is called an “omnibus-spending bill.” 

The bill passed but 101 Republicans broke with the leadership and voted against the bill.  It passed with massive support from the Democrats.

Now, House appropriators, in other words, the one’s responsible for spending decisions on Capitol Hill are worried and now want John Boehner to crack the whip and get Republicans in line to support these spending bills.

When the “mini-bus” came up for a vote, 101 Republicans, including Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Policy Chairman Tom Price voted against it.

RINO big spender Hal Rogers of Kentucky is throwing a hissy fit worthy of Barney Frank.   He and other Republican appropriators are complaining that they are not getting the support they need from Republicans as they try to spend the country into bankruptcy.  They have gone to John Boehner and demanded that Boehner pressure the GOP 101 who had the good sense to vote against out of control spending, to now support a spending bill that is worthy of Nancy Pelosi.

Well good for the GOP 101!

Some of the folks we sent to Washington actually have a clue.

The problem is the spending.  A year ago, as the Republicans swept into power, no one wanted to be one of the appropriators.   No one wanted to be associated with the problem that we identified and sent new people to Washington to address.  

My how things change in only a few months. 

Once John Boehner was convinced he had enough of the new GOP Freshmen in his pocket to guarantee his job, it has been back to business as usual.   

Under John Boehner, the only difference between the Republicans and the Democrats is the Republicans want to spend only a little less than the Democrats. 

Is that why we the people put the Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives?

The good news here is there appears to be a fracture in the GOP in the House of Representatives and that is something we can exploit.

Every Tea Party supporter and every Tea Party group should reach out immediately to their individual Congressman and to all of the Representatives in your area.  The message is simple.  Cut spending. 

While many of the Congressmen will be concerned about what the leadership will do to them, they are more concerned about the voters.  If the voters turn against them, they will not have to worry about the leadership because they won’t be in Congress anymore.

The Omnibus-spending bill is going to be voted on sometime in December.   The bill is going to be loaded with pork barrel projects and massive, wasteful spending.   Not only will it not address our spending problem, it will make it worse. 

We need to be all over our Congressmen and ask them to vote against the bill.  With the support of Democrats, the bill will probably pass.  Stopping the bill is probably not possible, but is certainly worth trying for.

Reforming the GOP so that next year and the year after, they stop the insane spending is the goal.


MILLER: Supercommittee a super dud – Washington Times

MILLER: Supercommittee a super dud – Washington Times.

Smoke-and-mirrors deal means higher taxes

By Emily Miller – The Washington Times

The congressional supercommittee was supposed to make all of the hard budgetary choices that representatives couldn’t be trusted to make on their own. As the final deadline looms, it’s looking like the end result will be the imposition of fake spending cuts and real tax hikes.

The debt-ceiling deal struck earlier this year gave this extraordinary panel until Nov. 23 to submit its decisions to the Congressional Budget Office and avoid triggering $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts – half from defense. The committee is supposed to find that amount in deficit reduction over 10 years in order to compensate for the next bump up in the debt ceiling.

A meeting of the minds isn’t likely because, even behind closed doors, Democrats refuse to address the real drivers of our debt: Medicare and Medicaid. Republican Medicare reform proposals include the Ryan plan and the bipartisan Rivlin-Domenici plan. The supercommittee gave both sides bipartisan cover to implement the necessary but politically difficult changes such as means testing and increasing the eligibility age.

Real discretionary spending cuts are just as unlikely. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the supercommittee co-chairman, told CNN this isn’t likely to change. “Frankly, there are no real spending cuts on the table,” the Texas Republican said. “All we are talking about here is slowing the rate of growth. All of these programs, by and large, are going to continue to grow, but at a pace that would become more sustainable.” With no real cuts in any government programs, the only way to make up the difference is revenue.

Democrats are counting on being able to tell their liberal base that they’re sticking it to “the rich” and making corporate America pay more. Republicans have shown some willingness to go along with about $500 million in tax hikes, half from taking away some deductions on higher-income filers, in exchange for lowering marginal rates.

The tax code is so complex that it isn’t possible to make quick changes. So members are considering writing modifications to the system broadly and pushing off the specifics as something to be done through regular legislative business. This two-stage process gives the advantage to Democratic tax hikes as marginal-rate changes get pushed off and bogged down.

Both sides will be saying the sky is falling if the supercommittee doesn’t reach a deal, but the drama is contrived. The supercommittee will come to an agreement in time, with smoke-and-mirror spending “cuts” in the out years. There will be no change to entitlement programs. Republicans will fall for empty promises and trade tax hikes for future tax reform that will never happen.

It’s business as usual in Washington, and that’s why our $15 trillion national debt continues to grow.

Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.