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Cry Havoc! Or just Cry?

This from the AP at 6:30 AM, Sunday morning, stating the two-tiered Boehner/House plan originally sent to the Senate on Friday, will be the template for a deal that lets Obama get his debt ceiling raised thru the election next year, and gets 900 billion in cuts, plus a second look in a few months.

In some respects this is better than the deal Obama tried to welsh on last Friday, half a trillion in new taxes not present in this deal.

Since this is not a done deal, and will likely endure some more fine tuning, I’ll leave it up to you to comment on the merits on your own.

Throughout this process my main concern has not been the possible default (almost non-existent) or bond demotion, or partial government shutdown, (none of which I fear on political grounds of giving voters back over to the Democrats next year) but rather whether the GOP could walk away with enough of Obama and Reid’s hide as to settle the matter as to whether they will be considered full fledged hard-ball players of the political establishment, who are just as capable and willing to kick ass as the Democrats.

That too remains to be saw, as Festus Haggen was prone to say.

What also remains to be seen is how GOP legislators, especially the freshmen, will be perceived back home among their voters. Too rigid? Too easy to roll? By Obama? Or By Boehner and Cantor? Or both?

It’s been a tough six months for those newbies, and I am not about to send out a report card here.

But many others already have, and I do have a few comments about that.

All during the Bush second term we were visited with some of the most insipid tricks by the Left imaginable, law school professors drawing up bills of impeachment, and city councils voting on them. Most people considered this just to be a part of the silly season, but on closer inspection (and Bernie Chumm and I were inspecting in those days) what I found astounding…

…was the insistence, the foot-stomping teat-fit throwing insistence that these made-up charges for violating  non-existent laws, by approximately .000001% of the American electorate, should carry the force of law.

They were deadly serious.

Bernie coined a term “Whine, Havoc!”.

The GOP gained almost 70 new freshmen in 2010. That is not a majority. The tea parties (I use this term collectively to reflect the people who entered the political process all because of the policies of Barack Obama.) steamrolled the elections of November. But from a mid-term election where “only” 41% of voters bothered to vote, “they” also are not a majority.

In all likelihood it would require a repeat of 2010 in 2012 to get near that majority. And more like 2014 and 2016 as well to secure the foundations….and that is because we know a lot of squishy Republicans need to go as well. Takes time.

So, then, we are still building toward our majority, and now is not the time to take our “deeply held positions” and turn them into shrill demands like those idiots on the Oberlin OH City Council, as if we were a majority of one.

The Beasley Rule

I have  a few simple rules, which I’ve written about in the past. They are all umbrella’d by the Beasley Rule,  simply stated, is “There are no Pure voters.”

Point being, don’t run voters off simply because they are not as pure as you….and we all know how pure “you” are.

The Bushmills Corollary to the Beasley Rule is “There are no pure conservatives, nor pure congressmen.” So tend to your own knitting when making demands. Don’t come into my district making “we the people demands” on my congressman, or putting words in my mouth.

Actually, that’s just good manners, so find some other way to stake out with ground without sounding like Code Pink.

I don’t like a lot of members of Congress. In fact, I’d like to punch John Boehner in the nose, since, just in the past week, after months of defending him against people who (with clairvoyance) knew what he would do in the several debt and budget crises, I now think he should be removed from the Speaker’s chair. The sooner the better.

But I have no standing to demand it. I have no standing to make any demand on any congressman that is not my own.

But, you see, as for punching Boehner out, he’d have to get way back in back of the line. By the time I could get to Mitch McConnell, well ahead of Boehner, I’d already be carrying a hank of Barbara Boxer’s hair, one of Sheila Jackson Lee’s gold teeth in my pocket and Lisa Murkowski’s (pink) girdle hanging in my belt. And I’d have bloody knuckles bearing the DNA of at least six left-wing  US senators. By the time I got to Boehner I may have to use my left hand.

Understand me then, when I take my opinions and turn them into demands, the conversation becomes about me, not them.

This debt ceiling morass and the CR debates before it, has laid in front of even some seasoned members of Congress issues they’d never seen or heard of before. Through it all, I’ve focused on men behaving as men, saying what they mean and meaning what they say, and let the cards fall where they may. Do the right thing and the cards usually fall your way.

But as we’ve watched, men and women we all admire, Dr Sowell, Krauthammer, Rush, Ann Coulter, have staked positions all over the place…it’s a good deal, not-so-good-a-deal, a horrible sell-out.  But kibbitzers all. Only 435 have been placed in the line of fire.

Recalling what our friend, Texasgalt, said earlier in the week, “this is not a hill to die kill for”. Neither is it a hill to show our collective behinds on, either.

All but the most cowardly will get a pass with me, and with them, it will be up their constituents.

 

 

 

vassarbushmills
Citizen With Bark On

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  1. Well said Vassar! I wish we could have gotten more but we will have what we will have. Any faults or shortcomings lie at the Leadership’s feet, the members, especially the Freshmen did the best they could. All of them.

  2. ‘ …..has laid in front of even some seasoned members of Congress issues they’d never seen or heard of before.”
    Isn’t that just it in a nutshell? And what a damning indictment. How could it be that even ‘seasoned” members, and all their high paid assistants, don’t understand simple finance and basic Constitution? Is it because there is no such thing as simple finance where the federal government is concerned, and the reason there isn’t is because the Federal government exceeded the bounds of the Constitution before any of us were born? They way we are told things are is the way it has always been in our lifetimes, just accelerated and crony-capitalized on the last 40 years or so.

  3. we got:

    1. no new taxes
    2. equal cuts to debt raise (even though they’re a little blurry)

    and a big #3 would be to get another ‘debate’ on budget issues Before the 2012 election

    we’ll see what happens, but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad

    • Meat Loaf been in the news a lot lately, but you’re right. For me, it’s not the money so much, in the short term. Whats a few hundred billion? It’s that the EPA will keep on putting out new rules, the Department of Agriculture will get to continue it’s sensitivity training for the unfortunate LGBT’s and Arne Duncan will get to continue buying shotguns. Oh, and Eric Holder will continue to sue banks for not loaning to poor credit risks.

    • Actually, Speciallist, not only are taxes virtually guaranteed to go up, but they will go up by a large amount and the deal sets no restrictions on increases in business/corporate/other special taxes.

      I just wrote a dispatch on it because I was breathing fire.

  4. I wholeheartedly agree with what you’ve written here, Vassar. I understand the choices that have been made, particularly by the Freshman in the house. Does that mean that I like it, agree with it, or respect it? Not necessarily.

    I’m just an average voter who has taken it upon myself to pay more attention to what is going on in politics than I did in the past, so this is the viewpoint that I’m presenting here. A lot of us are just sick and tired, weary to the bone, of the politics as usual and status quo mentality in DC that got us into this mess to begin with. It’s reached the point of being totally repulsive, given the challenges our nation is facing.

    Even within my own mind, I’ve had to take a step back and look at the big picture more than once, just to keep from getting discouraged. What I’ve decided is that our nation actually needs for conservatives to stay engaged in this fight. We are the best hope of moving in the direction of fiscal responsibility that our country has. So regardless of how irritated we might feel about the outcome of this particular vote, and regardless of how discouraging it might seem to be, we have to decide whether we will or will not make a long-term commitment to fight this battle. We either do or we don’t. If we do, then this is just one battle, not the entire war.

    Also, I will say that if our newly-elected conservatives had NOT held the line, Boehner and McConnell would have, in all likelihood, handed Obama a totally blank check and tax increases to boot by now. So even though we may not get exactly what we want, if we have prevented this from taking place, that’s a relatively big first step to gaining credibility for conservatism, from my viewpoint.

  5. No new taxes.

    Take funding levels back to ???? (pick a year)
    Make a new law that for every day there is not a balanced budget living within our means, no pay or benefits for elected officials and they don’t get back what they lost fiddle farting around trying to prove whose is bigger or calculating how to place blame on the other guy.

    For the great hairy beasts-lots of hot wax gone cold. Then grab and yank.

  1. Well said Vassar! I wish we could have gotten more but we will have what we will have. Any faults or shortcomings lie at the Leadership’s feet, the members, especially the Freshmen did the best they could. All of them.

  2. ‘ …..has laid in front of even some seasoned members of Congress issues they’d never seen or heard of before.”
    Isn’t that just it in a nutshell? And what a damning indictment. How could it be that even ‘seasoned” members, and all their high paid assistants, don’t understand simple finance and basic Constitution? Is it because there is no such thing as simple finance where the federal government is concerned, and the reason there isn’t is because the Federal government exceeded the bounds of the Constitution before any of us were born? They way we are told things are is the way it has always been in our lifetimes, just accelerated and crony-capitalized on the last 40 years or so.

  3. we got:

    1. no new taxes
    2. equal cuts to debt raise (even though they’re a little blurry)

    and a big #3 would be to get another ‘debate’ on budget issues Before the 2012 election

    we’ll see what happens, but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad

    • Meat Loaf been in the news a lot lately, but you’re right. For me, it’s not the money so much, in the short term. Whats a few hundred billion? It’s that the EPA will keep on putting out new rules, the Department of Agriculture will get to continue it’s sensitivity training for the unfortunate LGBT’s and Arne Duncan will get to continue buying shotguns. Oh, and Eric Holder will continue to sue banks for not loaning to poor credit risks.

    • Actually, Speciallist, not only are taxes virtually guaranteed to go up, but they will go up by a large amount and the deal sets no restrictions on increases in business/corporate/other special taxes.

      I just wrote a dispatch on it because I was breathing fire.

  4. I wholeheartedly agree with what you’ve written here, Vassar. I understand the choices that have been made, particularly by the Freshman in the house. Does that mean that I like it, agree with it, or respect it? Not necessarily.

    I’m just an average voter who has taken it upon myself to pay more attention to what is going on in politics than I did in the past, so this is the viewpoint that I’m presenting here. A lot of us are just sick and tired, weary to the bone, of the politics as usual and status quo mentality in DC that got us into this mess to begin with. It’s reached the point of being totally repulsive, given the challenges our nation is facing.

    Even within my own mind, I’ve had to take a step back and look at the big picture more than once, just to keep from getting discouraged. What I’ve decided is that our nation actually needs for conservatives to stay engaged in this fight. We are the best hope of moving in the direction of fiscal responsibility that our country has. So regardless of how irritated we might feel about the outcome of this particular vote, and regardless of how discouraging it might seem to be, we have to decide whether we will or will not make a long-term commitment to fight this battle. We either do or we don’t. If we do, then this is just one battle, not the entire war.

    Also, I will say that if our newly-elected conservatives had NOT held the line, Boehner and McConnell would have, in all likelihood, handed Obama a totally blank check and tax increases to boot by now. So even though we may not get exactly what we want, if we have prevented this from taking place, that’s a relatively big first step to gaining credibility for conservatism, from my viewpoint.

  5. No new taxes.

    Take funding levels back to ???? (pick a year)
    Make a new law that for every day there is not a balanced budget living within our means, no pay or benefits for elected officials and they don’t get back what they lost fiddle farting around trying to prove whose is bigger or calculating how to place blame on the other guy.

    For the great hairy beasts-lots of hot wax gone cold. Then grab and yank.

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