Media never mentions who decides which government employees are “essential”
It will be morally outrageous if President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate sacrifice the funding of our armed forces for the next six months on the altar of government-funded abortions in the District of Columbia. But the preemptive announcement by the administration that U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines must work without pay during a shutdown has already clinched the award for moral outrage after April Fool’s Day.
The United States Constitution does not address shutdowns per se, but does require Congressional authorization before funds are withdrawn from the Treasury. Federal statutes grant the President the authority and discretion to defines who gets salary priority during emergencies.
The post-Vernal Equinox view of all things legal, political and sporting from Stone Mountain of Georgia, co-starring Cockstradamus from The Azores…
First, sporting antidotes to the Obama Recession at War
John Calipari, Kentucky’s junior college-transfer genius, prevailed over Ohio State upperclassmen in the defining game of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Clearly, the Wildcats will prevail in the Final Four, but will it be Arizona or Kentucky? Cockstradamus says…Arizona. (We picked the Buckeyes three months ago, and on our bracket, to win the national championship, before this loss.)
As a card-carrying member of the dead-tree media and USC alumnus, I have tri-annually received the Fighting Gamecocks’ baseball, football and men’s basketball media guides for the past two decades. I now hold in my hands memorialized proof of the end of the 1801 Chicken Curse.
For the first time, a media guide celebrates the previous year’s National Championship won by a Fighting Gamecock’s team. South Carolina defeated UCLA in last year’s College World Series. This weekend the now 4th-ranked Gamecocks lead the current #1-ranked Florida Gators, 1-0 in a crucial early-season 3-game SEC series.
We were right to beware the Ides of March
Arguably, Caesar deserved it. Tea partier voters, decidedly, don’t.
Voters for large numbers of elected tea partiers (54 republicans did vote against the betrayal of We the People as Caesar) now in the GOP House got stabbed in the back again yesterday with Speaker Boehner’s latest passage of another puny Continuing Resolution, essentially on terms dictated last session by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
ObamaCare continues to be funded. The Lame Duck Food Safety Bill, Betrayal of Britain for Obama’s START with Russia, and DADT are funded and/or in law. Three stabs by a Lame Duck, but you just wait till The 87 arrive! They arrived. The Legal Services Corporation, Amtrak, PBS, and NPR all continue to be funded. ObamaCare? $100B+ funding as per Pelosi rider from 2010.
The silence of the 87 and not a dime’s worth of difference
Since President John F. Kennedy was gunned down there has been many dimes’ worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans, and there still is. The problem is that government has grown so large for so long and the economy is so weak that even establishment Republican dimes could tip us over the edge of the abyss.
Hence, the hope of the heretofore non-political tea partier candidates and their promise to fix the problems wrought by the professional politicians in Washington that buy their re-elections via the spending of other people’s money.
Their message resulted in the largest GOP House seat turnover since 1946. If ever their was a mandate for conservative change, this was it. Bigger even that the 1984 Reagan Morning in America and Newt’s 1994 Contract for America, the tea partiers promised to reign even the smaller dimes of Republican with 87 new faces.
Hopes were muted as the Lame Duck Congress gave Obama more power of the food we eat and allowed Obama Donkey-Ducks to betray Britain in favor of Russia and GI Jack in Jill in favor of Jack and Joe.
But fear not, we were told in the dead of winter. Just wait till those 87 new members arrive in January within sight of the McConnells and the Lugars of the world. Then you will see real change!
It is now four days before the Vernal Equinox and Republicans have unilaterally surrendered on a government shutdown; refused to de-fund the Legal Services Corporation; expanded ObamaCare to cover the spading of dogs and cats; and betrayed their promise to cut even a puny $100B form a $3.7T budget.
My conservative friends, if the GOP won’t significantly cut government spending after the 2010 wave, it will never be cut, no matter how many real conservatives are installed as Republican Party precinct or elected committeemen before 2012.
Promised “Listener” of the House can’t hear
The size of the puny proposals of the GOP House coupled with his reading material at least proves he has NYT and WashPo paper stuffed in his ears!
John Boehner is Speaker of the House because of the historic election just passed in which his Republican Party gained more seats than in any election since based upon public debt and jobs crises.
When first challenged by the media to read the election results as a call to compromise with the Obama agenda just rejected by the voters, he declared that he would listen to the American people for his orders. When next challenged on how draconian the cuts would be, he said that if government workers must lose their jobs, so be it.
It seemed as if he had heard the clear message of We the People
Then he proposes only 40% of the relatively modest $100B cuts promised int he campaign and says that if only the American people really understood how dire is the debt problem, he would propose more:
“People in Washington assume that Americans understand how big the problem is, but most Americans don’t have a clue,” Boehner said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Friday morning. “I think it’s incumbent on us, if we are serious about dealing with the big challenges, that we go out and help Americans understand how big the problem is that faces us.”
We don’t have a clue?
Speaker Boehner may have best strategy on budget battle after all
Soon after the new GOP-majority House convened in January, this column endorsed endorsed a “selective government shutdown” strategy in which congressional Republicans would pre-emptively prepare the public for what seemed to us an inevitable confrontation over government spending with the new party of “no”, i.e. status quo Democrats.
Like Byron York, we think the political and economic landscape has shifted so dramatically since President Bill Clinton bested Speaker Newt Gingrich in the 1995 version of this play, that we fear no shutdown; and, like Hugh Hewitt, we think it best to confront the issue of deficit spending and debt in the context of our domestic affairs rather than debt ceiling vote bluffs.
A month later, we are more convinced that a shutdown is inevitable given President Barack Obama’s “Louis XV budget” head-in-the-sand proposal and especially after ObamaDems have been talking of nothing else but a shutdown. However, we have become convinced that it is not necessary to aggressively pursue such a strategy immediately for a number of reasons.