"I’m proud of what the new Republican majority has accomplished in such a short time. We’re not only putting the Senate back to work, we’re putting it back to work on your side. Just like you asked. Just like we promised.” - Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)As one talk show host so excellently put it this morning, "This is what delusional looks & sounds like."
Ryan gave away the store, and Cecil McTurtle capitalized on that failure with such a truly delusional address.
Breitbart: Democratic leaders are unanimous in declaring a complete victory over House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his close allies, who wrote the $1.1 trillion omnibus budget without asking House conservatives for any input — or even for some public objections to help their closed-door negotiations.Related links: Democrats Gloat, List Conservative Policies They Stripped From Ryan’s Omnibus
The Democrats’ victory, and Republican Ryan’s defeat, was garishly displayed when his omnibus got more Democratic votes in the House and in the Senate than it got Republican votes.
“I said I would not accept a lot of [conservative] ideological riders that were attached to a big budget deal,” President Barack Obama said Friday, at his end-of-year press conference. “And because of some terrific negotiations by the Democrats up on Capitol Hill and I think some pretty good work by our legislative staff here… it was a good win,” he said. “We met our goals,” he said.
In 2015, “we wanted to get rid of sequestration, we were able to do that,” gloated the Democrats’ leader in the Senate, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). “We wanted to make sure there is parity between defense and the middle class, we wanted to make sure that we kept these poison pills off the legislation… All three goals we had, we accomplished,” he said. Ryan’s omnibus deal “caps off a successful year for Senate Democrats,” he added.
“Well, if you would’ve told me this year that we’d be standing here celebrating the passage of an omnibus bill, with no poison pill riders, at higher [spending] levels above sequesters than even the president requested, I wouldn’t have believed it, but here we are,” Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer told reporters shortly after the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill was passed.
“Almost anything, the Republican leadership in the Senate achieved this year, they achieved on Democratic terms… Democrats had an amazingly good year,” he declared.
Democrats Celebrate Christmas Early With Huge Victories In The Bipartisan Omnibus
I've also gotta agree with Rick Manning's assessment on Friday...
If the omnibus advances Republican priorities, the GOP officially died on Dec. 18, 2015. ...This is nothing short of one-party coalescence, as these congressional Christmas gifts continue to pile upon the coal and ash heap of our once vibrant republic.
When historians look back at the end of the GOP, and hopefully not also the final death throes of the republic, [this day] will be the day they mark as the one when the Grand Old Party lost its legitimacy to lead.
Related links: Five Reasons The Omnibus Bill Is A Terrible Christmas Present To The American People
Republicans Didn't Oppose Obama's Budget Because They Don't See a Country in Crisis