After Midnight

As the sand runs to the bottom of the hourglass, time is ticking away on whether or not Democrats, Republicans and the White House will be able to reach a deal to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which ends on September 30th. The current continuing resolution expires at midnight.
It’s important to cut through all the rhetoric and realize why this is happening in the first place: the Democrat-controlled 111th Congress last year neglected to do their duty and pass a budget like they should have done. Why they didn’t, in my opinion, is they were playing their usual political games. They knew the November election was coming. They knew the mood of the country and how fed up the electorate was with their out-of-control spending. Rather than present a budget to the people (their bosses) that showed us that they really wanted to get our financial house in order, they kicked the can further down the road. They were pretty sure they’d lose their majority in the House, and possibly the Senate, so they decided to leave the mess for the 112th Congress to deal with.
Just maybe, they thought, the American public will be too stupid to realize that the Republicans didn’t actually take control of Congress until January 2011. Just maybe, people will shift the blame to them for anything that happened—or didn’t happen—since November. Gambling on the ignorance of the public, the Democrats have always known that they have no desire to stop spending, and hope you’ll forget that when Election Day 2012 rolls around. While secretly hoping for a government shutdown that they also hope will be blamed on the Republican Congress (remember 1996?), Democrats have been running to microphones and TV cameras with all sorts of admonishments to Republicans and predictions of doomsday scenarios for the American people about what will happen when the clock strikes twelve. For instance:
*Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY): “This is probably one of the worst times we’ve seen because the numbers of people elected to Congress. I went through this as co-chair of the arts caucus…in ’94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. Now they’re here to kill women.” ***Apparently, over the past day or so, the budget battle has taken several odd turns. It’s currently about funding women’s health (so they say), but it’s really about the Republicans’ efforts to attempt to make spending cuts, including de-funding Big Abortion business tycoon Planned Parenthood. Lefties don’t like that!
*Harry Reid, Senate Majority leader and resident doofus said that Republicans want to shut down the government to make it harder for women, like his wife, daughters and granddaughters, to get the health services they need, such as cancer screenings, etc. He said, “They’ll throw women under the bus” if the government shuts down. ***Earth to Harry: under your leadership, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget bill in a year and a half. If anyone’s under the bus, it’s the American people, and you, Nancy Pelosi and the president are in the driver’s seat. I repeat: this is the 2011 budget that should have been passed last year if the Democrats, with complete control, had done their job.
*Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Speaker: “In one of the bills before us, six million seniors are deprived of meals — homebound seniors are deprived of meals. People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground. Is middle ground three million seniors not receiving meals?” ***So which is it, Nancy- 6 million or 3 million senior citizens who won’t have anything to eat because of the evil Republicans? Turns out it’s neither, and even the liberal Washington Post corrected her crazy math.
* Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC): “We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians.” ***HUH???
*Not to be outdone, Al Sharpton moaned that this is “making the government dysfunctional” on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. ***This comment is too dumb to comment on.
In the midst of all of this, the real (not conjured up) tragedy of a government shutdown is that those fighting for our nation in the now 3 wars we’re fighting will not be paid. This, in spite of the fact that yesterday, the Republican-controlled House passed another week-long continuing resolution. This would cut more federal spending but ensures that our troops will continue to be paid until the end of September. Harry Reid promised it will get nowhere, and Obama promised to veto it should it get to his desk.
President Obama could, on his own, make sure that those defending our freedom get paid, but he won’t. Presidents Reagan and Clinton both made sure of it when they presided over government shutdowns, so there are precedents. Why won’t Obama? Surely he’s not looking at our men and women in uniform simply as pawns in a power game? No one wants to believe that the person who asks these brave warriors to go into harm’s way would be so low as to also expect them to do it for free. We’ll find out soon…after midnight.

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  1. […] The scene plays out time after time in Washington, D.C.:  a crisis is looming for the American people and our economy, such as we need to raise the debt ceiling again to keep from defaulting on our debts or some such thing.  Some Republicans (Ted Cruz, Mike Lee,), concerned as to what this constant spending and borrowing will mean for the future, hold out in some way.  They might use their Constitutional authority as the entity with the power of the purse to refuse to fund an enormous law (or parts of that law) that was passed with dubious tactics.  They appear to be standing strong against their opponents for a couple of weeks…even the weepy Speaker of the House (John Boehner) seems to want to get some traction in favor of more fiscal responsibility.  Under pressure from the opposing party and the public relations department of the Obama Administration (The Media), resolution turns to surrender.   At the last minute, usually within hours that the supposed calamity is set to hit, the Speaker along with his too-long-in-the-tooth cronies in his party (John McCain, Bob Corker) come together to “compromise” (give in) to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.  Democrats celebrate because this time, they not only got everything they wanted without having to give anything, but they have the added bonus that Tea Party Republicans like Cruz and Lee and the whole Tea Party movement as a whole are finished. […]

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