The dirty secret is out.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and John Cornyn, the senior Senator from Texas, have stuck a big knife in the back of their colleague, Senator Ted Cruz.
While Cruz stands alone in his call to defund the Affordable Care Act, his two colleagues are working the Republican caucus to rescue Obamacare.
McConnell and Cornyn are doing what the so-called opponents of big government do best: surrendering and tossing up the white flag. The socialists of the Obama administration can now breathe a deep sigh of relief. Senator Ted Cruz’s attempt to kill Obamacare’s funding was the final battle of an ineffective war that the Republicans have waged since the bill was passed.
How Did We Get Here?
Before the ‘90s, Congress ran properly, and spending was handled as part of the regular order of business. The budget was separated into its component parts, and hearings were held to discuss which programs worked and which programs needed to be cut or reformed.
But as government grew bigger and bigger, Congress quit reviewing programs and marking up individual appropriations bills. Now, programs no longer receive appropriate congressional oversight.
At the end of the year, congressional leaders present the Congress with gigantic spending bills called the Continuing Resolution (CR) that “keep the government running.” The problem with these bills is that they don’t allow for the discontinuation of programs. The spending bill is stuffed full of every broken, uneconomic program under the sun. Then, in the week before government is set to go broke, congressional representatives face the prospect of voting for every program or shutting the government down.
Can you imagine a private company that could never discontinue a product or close a factory? Well, this is how the government is being run. Keep everything the same, no matter how poorly performing, or shut the entire enterprise down. Close the doors and go away.
Now, nobody believes the U.S. government is going away. Nobody believes that next year, the IRS isn’t going to collect its pound of flesh, or that Barack Obama won’t be flying around in his private 747, campaigning for bigger government at the taxpayers’ expense.
Every year at budget time, this charade goes on. Personally, I find it sickening.
A Glitch in the System
This year, though, we see a surprising freshman senator by the name of Ted Cruz. He hasn’t yet been schooled in the ways of Washington. He hasn’t processed the lesson that we have to make this Hobson’s choice every fall. So he came up with a plan to not fund Obamacare in the CR.
His reward for thinking outside the box – behavior that would receive rich rewards in the private sector – is to be knifed and then hung out to dry by his own party leaders.
We shouldn’t be surprised. The U.S. government has become an unmanageable, destructive giant that’s leading the country’s economy to ruin. When someone tries to make even modest corrections to balance the budget and rationalize behavior, they become the victim of a high-tech smear campaign launched by their false-flag friends.
I dare say that these egotistical maniacs running the asylum we call D.C. won’t change their tactics until they’ve so totally destroyed the country that we have no chance of renewal.
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If I was Senator Cruz, I’d dust my feet off and leave in disgust. Let’s hope he has more patience than I do and continues to fight. I personally salute him and the House Republicans desperately trying to kill this monstrosity called Obamacare before it’s too late. He offered up a valiant effort this time, and he should continue to fight the status quo in Congress.
On the other hand, I have nothing but contempt for the two-faced Republican leaders such as John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and John Cornyn, who all deserve to lose their jobs for dishonesty and cowardly behavior.
This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.
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