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Obama Got What He Wanted Out of Budget

By Thursday, 31 December 2015 01:56 PM Current | Bio | Archive

What a way to end the year!

Why is the Washington GOP establishment held in such low regard by rank and file Republicans and why are its perceived 2016 candidates fighting for their political lives?

Look no further than the Republican Congress — the epitome of that “establishment.” It gave Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Democrats a great Christmas and New Year’s gift — a 2,000 page $1.1 trillion spending bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan called it a bipartisan compromise, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said it was a “good compromise for the American people” and President Obama even called Ryan to thank him.

Democrats must be laughing their hearts out at a Republican Congress that huffed and puffed over how important it was to stand up for their basic principles: defunding Obamacare, punishing sanctuary cities, and cutting funds for Planned Parenthood.

So much for rhetoric.

When it came time to take a stand, the Republican controlled congress passed a budget bill which left Obamacare still standing, funding for sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood still flowing and maintained other Obama and Democrats’ pet projects including climate change and refugee resettlement programs.

Of the GOP Presidential contenders, Ted Cruz , R-Texas., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., voted no while Marco Rubio, R-Fla., didn’t even bother to show up and at least stand up for principle. Donald Trump called the bill an “outrage” and “disgraceful.” Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said "Republicans basically got nothing that said conservatives are the majority in the House and Senate.”

Evangelist Franklin Graham called it a “big loss for America” and left the Republican Party saying he was disenchanted with the leadership of both Parties. As he said, after “all of the appalling facts revealed this year about Planned Parenthood, our representatives in Washington had a chance to put a stop to this, but they didn’t, taxpayers should not be paying for abortions!”

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh hit the nail on the head saying that it was as though “Nancy Pelosi is still running the House and Harry Reid is still running the Senate. Calling it worse than “betrayal,” Limbaugh went on to say that Republicans were “paranoid and scared to death” of being accused shutting government down.

House and Senate Republicans who opposed the bill stood tall while their counterparts who joined with Democrats did not. If they can’t be counted on in such a major philosophical vote, there is no guarantee they can be trusted on other crucial political votes in 2016.

All of this was in addition to a $650 billion tax bill which critics called a deficit buster.

House Republicans can rationalize their vote all they want and say they wanted to make the new Speaker look good and enjoy his leadership honeymoon, but at what price?

Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., got it right saying that the people “did not send us here to bow down to the president’s lawless immigration policies.” Further plunging a knife into the gut of the bill he said: “Because of this bill, sanctuary cities will continue to get federal funds . . . illegal aliens will continue to get the tax credits . . . and the president’s executive amnesty continues.”

Franklin Graham has resigned from the Republican Party and become an independent, declaring that "I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or tea party to do what is best for America.

"Unless more godly men and women get in this process and change this wicked system, our country is in for trouble," Graham, 63, wrote on Facebook.

Graham called on "Christians, even pastors, across the country to pray about running for office where they can have an impact.

"We need mayors, country commissioners, city council members, school board members who will uphold biblical values."

The budget deal was widely slammed by Republicans and conservatives last week, who charged congressional leaders — including new House Speaker Paul Ryan — with "betrayal" for putting through a spending plan that financed many of President Barack Obama's programs.

It looks like the more things change in Washington in terms of who runs Congress, the more things stay the same.

Obama should be pleased. So should his press secretary Josh Earnest: “We walked into these negotiations focused on making sure that Republicans would not succeed in advancing their ideological agenda. There were a variety of attempts . . . and we did succeed in fighting off those efforts.”

Unfortunately, they sure did! Happy New Year, GOP!

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

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