SAN DIEGO, March 30, 2018: Once again, politicians in both parties have managed to alienate their base with their most recent U.S. budget bill. A plethora of pork-filled expenditures that increase our deficit by approximately one- trillion dollars characterizes this latest nightmare created by our spineless Republican Congress. It was signed into law by President Trump, who swore he would never sign a bill like this again… right after he signed it.
Even most GOP supporters today have become wary of spineless Republicans who rule like they are the minority party even when they are the majority party.
What one-trillion gets us
Just take a gander at some of the special features this jaw-dropping bill has to offer: Funding for sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood. And no funding for the wall. While technically, some money for border security is allocated, there is specific wording that it cannot be used for wall construction.
God forbade that a wall be built when we know that this was the cornerstone of Donald Trump’s campaign. And the reason so many voters put him into office.
But be of good cheer! The budget bill granted funding for other borders in places such as Jordan, Tunisia, and Egypt!
Spineless Republicans let Congress gets an undeserved raise
As icing on the cake, Congress voted to give themselves a raise! Why not? They deserve it! They’re doing such a splendid, bang up, Crackerjack job! It seems that having the Republicans in power is the next best thing to having Democrats in power.
So what do Republicans think the 2016 election was about? And what do they think will happen Fall of 2018 if they don’t wise up? Their anemic excuse is familiar. The House has to pass something that will make it through the Senate and the Senate needs 60 votes.
The Filibuster Rule
Let’s be clear: The 60 vote necessary filibuster rule is just that, a rule. An illogical, nonsensical rule at that. But, a rule that the Senate can undo.
The reason for resisting is the fear of Democrats doing the same thing when they get back into power. That and a desire to not allow radical changes from simple majorities.
“When the Senate is allowed to work the way it was designed to,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once argued in a speech, “it arrives at a result that’s acceptable to people all along the political spectrum…” He went on to say that if this was used as “an assembly line for one party’s partisan legislative agenda,” the dangerous consequence would be, “instability and strife.”
Reality check, Mr. McConnell – There is no quid pro quo in politics
There’s quite a bit of “instability and strife” going on in our country already. Given the polarization and demonization in today’s political process, does anybody honestly think the Democrats would not get rid of the filibuster in a heartbeat if they came back into power? Do we honestly believe their actions will be dependent upon treating Republicans in kind for the way Republicans treated them? Have we forgotten that Harry Reid already got rid of the filibuster for some nominees when he was Majority Leader? And it will not be a matter of IF they get back into power, but rather WHEN they get back into power if the GOP doesn’t take its head out of the sand.
Why is the GOP more concerned about how they will fight the Democrats from a future disadvantage than a present advantage?
Is it because they became so practiced at voting against ObamaCare while they were the minority and supporting it after they became the majority?
When Democrats win the majority, we hear “Elections have consequences.” When Republicans win the majority we hear from these same Democrats about how important it is to let the minority party have a voice since supposedly “the American people want bi-partisanship.”
Spineless Republicans’ zero-resistance against Democrats
It would all be laughable if not for comatose Republicans who go along, offering zero resistance to this drivel.
What the American people want today is for politicians to stop making excuses about why they fail to keep their promises. Voters want politicians to worry less about what The New York Times or MSNBC says. Instead, they should worry more about what the public who put these prize idiots into office says!
But President Trump is also responsible. True, he made his hatred for this bill quite vocal:
“There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill…There are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill but we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military, we were forced to have. There are some things that we should have in the bill. But I say to Congress that I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it, it’s only hours old.”
Money for troops an easy justification
It sounds great when Trump says he will never sign a bill like this again.
While we may sympathize with his reasoning, a desire to get money for the troops, we must remind ourselves that we have heard this from Republicans before. Time and time again, Democrats use this issue and play them like a fine violin. They get whatever they want by attaching it to military funding, essentially holding military funds hostage, because they realize no Republican wants to go home and admit to voters that he/she didn’t support the troops.
In 2009, President Obama signed The Hate Crimes Prevention Act. While many did warn that such a bill might criminalize religious speech if a perpetrator, for example, would claim a pastor’s sermon inspired him, many Republicans who ordinarily would not have, did vote for this bill.
That always sounds so good: “Gotta support the troops.”
But it begs a deeper question: If we are going to sell the soul of our country by gutting our borders and flushing our own freedoms down the drain, just exactly what are the troops defending?
While we can be grateful that our President wants to build our military, and happy that he expressed so much disdain over this latest spending bill, and that he promised not to sign a similar one, another question is unavoidable. Why should we believe him? What will be different next time? Does he really think the Democrats won’t attach what they want to the military spending again? So what will be new? He’ll want to support the troops again, won’t he?
Mr. President, if you want to make a promise, promise that you will continue to put pressure on our Senate to get rid of the filibuster rule. That way Republicans can rule like they are in the majority because THEY ARE IN THE MAJORITY!
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Fox News contributed to the hard news portions of this article.
About the author:
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a regular CommDigiNew columnist. His novel “The Dangerous Christmas Ornament” is a 2017 “Distinguished Favorite” of the Independent Press Award and the New York City Big Book Award. About Read lists this book as one of the Top 30 Recommended Action Adventure Books for 11-Year-Olds!