John Boehner lied to the American people. He blackmailed his own caucus with the fear of a thing over which he has complete control (H.R. 1297) and he gave up on a winnable issue vis. defunding Planned Parenthood, willingly and publicly trading dead babies for dollars, choosing instead to use both the Abortion issue AND the “Support the Troops” issue as bargaining chips in a poorly played game of chance. And, in all this, he believes he staved off a Government shutdown that many of us enthusiastically anticipated. The good news here is that it’s not too late for We, the People to force a shutdown ourselves…through our Representatives that should be fairly well ticked off right about now…sometime around the middle of this week.
At 10:30 pm est on Friday, April 8th House Speaker John Boehner announced to the media that he’d reached a deal to prevent the shutdown of the terminally ill Federal Government…heroic measures and all that. He did so nearly 2 hours before there were any votes cast on the floor of the House, and (roughly) an hour after Jennifer Rubin (member of the same media) told us not only that there was a deal but what was actually in it. How did she know before any of our Representatives in Congress knew? And why did she go live an hour before Boehner?
This stinks of a dead catfish, rotting on a river bank in August, somewhere in Mississippi.
Boehner’s been telling his caucus (as late as Friday night whilst still in the middle of negotiations…allegedly) that the only way to pay the troops was to cut this deal. This blackmail did not impress very many members of the GOP caucus. What most of the caucus already knew was that a separate bill put forth by Gohmert and Kingston was already on the books, laying in wait for just the right time to be brought up. I say “most of the caucus” because we know there are 153 co-sponsors of H.R. 1297. How then, given what’s coming to light, did Boehner get some of those co-sponsors to agree to the deal? And why did he (Boehner) shelve that bill himself? Inquiring minds want to know. And, to that point, we need to ask a more fundamental question.
The vote Boehner called after midnight, and after this deal of his was struck, was a vote on consideration of a Senate amendment that hasn’t even been made public anywhere that I can find (no Senate activity of any public sort since Wednesday). Ironically, Boehner’s midnight oil vote was associated…not with a CR (which hasn’t even been written yet) to continue funding the Government, but… with the very same bill Obama promised just one day earlier that he would veto. Worse, this bill alone is enough to guarantee the Troops would get paid since it’s the Defense appropriations bill itself (H.R.1363). So, again, what the bloody hell is Boehner up to? And the rest of these transparent members of leadership?
Obama threatens to veto a bill the House then approves after getting promised cuts that aren’t on any public document in the Senate…and gets the GOP caucus to sign on to a CR that hasn’t even been written yet…to prevent the interruption of Soldier paychecks they, ultimately, guarantee by voting in favor of the bill?
Anyone else confused?
For my money, and given what we’re beginning to hear more about, I suggest we tell every one of our Representatives to vote NO…a resounding NO…when the official CR comes up (sometime around mid-week) because it will send a message to the President, the Speaker, and the Senate majority leader: We will not be played.
Soldiers are going to get their paychecks now…let everyone else get a little time-out to sort through their email inboxes and phone logs and be reminded of who runs the country; We, the People.
Vote no on the CR. Shut it down.