Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The more things change, the more they stay the same: GOP surrender caucus pushes Obama agenda, more debt (ADDENDUM)

Speaking of contributing to Obama's most dangerous year...
Consent of the governed is all but dead, and our government no longer represents us. The bureaucracy has grown to become so massive and the people have become disregarded. Education and highway bills that are filled with massive new programs and mindless social engineering are being rushed through Congress by the left. Americans did not vote for members of Congress to create massive government and pass omnibus bills. More government centralization and overreach has happened as a result of massive federal bureaucracy controlled by the left. Congress and especially, Republican members should be putting a stop to liberals devouring Reagan’s prosperity with its own permanent fixtures. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress are surrendering to President Obama and seek to make peace with those who promote tyranny, instead of defending the Constitution and American’s freedoms. ~ ML, 12/1/15
Here are two articles from ConservativeReview worth checking out that supply crucial insight into how an imperial president has been allowed to pave a path of destruction for America's present and future.

First on the docket, an impossible homework assignment in the form of 2,360 pages of the Highway and Education bills...
CR: Republicans have essentially telegraphed the message to Obama that they will not stand in his way to fundamentally transform America on a single policy issue. But if they are unwilling to stop Obama, can they at least not preemptively sabotage the leverage of the next (Republican) president from implementing conservative policy changes?

On Thursday, Republicans plan to pass S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is the conference report on the bill we reported on earlier this year, a bill that would essentially reauthorize federally-mandated testing through FY 2020. ...

What is most offensive is that both the education and highway bills reauthorize federalization of these state functions through the entire first term of the next president’s tenure. If Republicans have no intention of fighting for conservatives now and promoting federalism reforms, can they at least allow the reauthorization to expire during the next president’s term so we can aspire to something better?

The fact that both of these bills are over 1,000 pages is itself a good reason to devolve full authority over education and transportation policy to the states.

The congressional Republicans, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are once again proving that it would be better to have no Republican Party than one controlled by enemies within. A strike out is always preferable to a ground ball into a double play.
Next up is another crummy omnibus spending bill which reveals the secret House GOP leadership strategy of defeatism...
CR: House and Senate Republican leaders are preparing for yet another surrender to President Obama.

Establishment members are derisively referring to some Republicans as the “Hope Yes, Vote No” caucus in an attempt to shame them into voting for a giant appropriations bill they have not been allowed to so much as read, let alone help write.

As the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Now that Congress is back in session, Republican leaders in the House and Senate are working behind closed doors to put to bed a massive $1.15 trillion “omnibus” appropriations bill. This bill is expected to be carried over the finish line by congressional Democrats, because it does not contain any serious reforms that might force a distinction between the policies of congressional Republicans and President Obama. ...


House leadership thrives off the lack of transparency, waiting until the last minute to hold the vote, bullying members into voting for the bill or be blamed for a government shutdown. ...


The flag of surrender is already being waved on issues ranging from defunding Planned Parenthood to providing a solution to the Syrian refugee controversy. ...


Don’t expect any conservative victories to come from this bill. Congress is once again forfeiting the power of the purse. As Conservative Review’s Amanda Carpenter and Daniel Horowitz report, the only thing that the Republican Establishment (i.e. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) wants to fight for is a provision empowering party elites to spend more money than Tea Party challengers in contested primaries.

It appears that Speaker Ryan has scheduled some head pat sessions where he can let conservatives argue for conservative policy, before patting them on the head and ignoring their advice. If conservatives fall for the “Head Pat” strategy, they are fools.

Speaker Ryan promised conservatives regular order and a new way of doing business in Washington. The early results are underwhelming.
And the stubble is not making it any cooler to cave before your constituency.


ADDENDUM: Oh look, half of 85,000 'refugees' from terrorist hotbeds are bound for the U.S., and what are GOP leaders doing about it?
WND: Despite all the tough talk by Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP leaders in Congress about Syrian refugees and the need for better screening, the true intent of those leaders will be laid bare on Dec. 11.

That’s the day that a catch-all “omnibus” budget bill is scheduled to be voted on in the House.

In that bill there is expected to be full funding of President Obama’s refugee resettlement program, which costs $1.2 billion annually to bring in 85,000 refugees from more than two dozen countries around the world. About half of them will come from countries with active jihadist movements including 10,000 from Syria, about 8,000 from Somalia, nearly 10,000 from Iraq, and several thousand more from Burma, Uzbekistan, Bosnia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan.

The United Nations will choose which refugees from what countries get to come to America at the U.S. taxpayer’s expense. The nationalities of these refugees will be concealed in most cases until after they arrive in the more than 180 cities and towns across the U.S.

The House passed a bill, the America SAFE Act, by a lopsided vote two weeks ago that calls for a “pause” in the resettlements until the White House can provide certain assurances that the refugees have been properly vetted.

But that’s a smokescreen as the SAFE Act won’t stop a single refugee from arriving in any of those 180 cities, says Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on immigration and the national interest.

Of the 132 Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. since the attack on Paris, all of them have been Muslim. Not a single Syrian Christian has been allowed in over that period through the U.N.’s refugee program, government databases show.

There is only one way to stop the refugees, as the governors of more than two dozen states have said they want them stopped.
“Now is the hour of choosing for Congress; will we surrender – funding Obama’s entire immigration agenda – or will we assert Congress’s power on behalf of the interests of the American people?” ~ Sen. Jeff Sessions

Related link: Texas Sues to Block Syrian Refugees

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