Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator, and physician said it best:
“Look, there are a lot of conservatives in the Republican caucus in the House who hate the bill, and for good reason. This is a complete surrender on everything.
The ratio of tax cuts, of tax hikes to spending cuts is 40-to-one, rather than one-to-one or one-to-two, or one-to-three. So, I mean, it’s a complete rout by the Democrats, so it’s understandable.”
Krauthammer was, of course, speaking about the fiscal cliff Kabuki theater played out on television and computers nationwide, instantly followed by the laughter and mockery of everything Republican among the mainstream media. If this had been a heavyweight championship boxing match, it would have ended with a knockout in the first round. President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi absolutely cleaned the Republican’s clock – and the Republicans helped by sticking their jaw straight out!
Picking up the pieces after this debacle will take some time and talent.
First, Speaker of the House, John Boehner had promised long ago that only a deal that had the support of a “majority of the majority” would be brought to the floor for a vote. He broke that promise and allowed a vote on a measure he knew his party would lose. To make matters even worse, Boehner and Paul Ryan chose to line up with the Democrat caucus to pass the tax-only deal. I say tax-only because this “compromise” resulted in $1 in tax cuts for every $41 in tax increases – by any definition, a huge political victory for President Obama.
To be suckered into that deal and then having the audacity to vote for it will come back to haunt them both. Boehner sooner; Ryan later. Boehner shot himself in both feet and Ryan stunned Conservatives by instantly erasing everything he claimed he was opposed to in the recent presidential campaign.
When their votes were recorded, thousands of Republicans became former Republicans at a time when the GOP base needed a boost, not a knee-capping. Surely, campaign dollars and support for the political “ground game” will be mighty hard to come by in 2014.
85 Republicans – supposedly the political party of tax cuts – followed John Boehner’s lead and voted for a proposal to raise the deficit by $3.9 Trillion dollars. That sound you hear is Ronald Reagan spinning in his grave.
The Gipper’s Legacy Was Completely Destroyed
To add insult to injury, absolutely nothing was done to reduce the deficit and within three months all parties will be right back on the same stage debating additional tax increases as announced by President Barack Obama moments prior to jetting back to Hawaii to continue his hard-earned vacation.
You can’t blame Obama for snickering into his elbow on this one. His party was ready long before these negotiations even began with a 127 page bill that – once again – was not read in its entirety by one single legislator in either the House or Senate, wasn’t posted online as promised, didn’t spend the required time in debate before a vote and generally looked exactly like the passage of Obamacare, absent Bart Stupak and Ben Nelson – two former politicians caught whoring their votes at the expense of their country.
Where to now, boys and girls?
Like the proverbial snowball, rolling downhill, the Republicans took a giant step toward losing control of the House (now easily within the Democrat’s grasp) and watching as the Democrats load up the Senate with more than 70 members in 2014. That – along with control of the White House and Barack Obama’s agenda – spells dire straights for the former United States of America.
All that, of course, if we last that long. The Democrat’s agenda should bring down the economy to Grecian level within two years and the promised attack on our Second Amendment Right to bear arms and the introduction of Sharia law to America’s court system should be enough to trigger a never-ending nightmare of hate and discontent.
It’s time to stock up on essentials, folks. A major economic recession is dead ahead.