House Republican Leadership Prepares to Screw You Again

Weak, Pathetic, Ineffective

This is absurd.  Speaker John Boehner is now behind a move to bring a “clean” Balanced Budget Amendment to a vote in the House of Representatives.  The Amendment in question would provide no protections against runaway government, or limit the ability of Congress to raise taxes.  Roll Call is reporting that the Republican leadership is willing to consider the weakened, unrestricted version of the amendment in what will surely be the most ridiculous act of self-defeat in a long string of them by this House Leadership.  The Democrats like the “clean bill”  because it’s going to present a huge “get out of jail free card” for them.   In the form that is now under consideration, the Amendment would serve as a club over the head of people who wish to reduce the size and scope of government.  It’s another pathetic surrender, and it’s not acceptable.

What’s at stake is this: The amendment now under consideration is stripped of any requirements to cut spending or limit taxation.  Under this so-called “clean” version of the bill, if Congress wished to spend 100% of our GDP, the proposed amendment would permit it, and permit or even require that Congress raise taxes to support it.  In short, this proposal is a national suicide pact.  Earlier this week, 31 conservative organizations signed a letter published by Americans for Tax Reform to John Boehner insisting on the stronger restrictions.  From the letter:

“Unless tax hikes are taken off the table, reckless lawmakers will increase taxes to pay for these new bloated spending levels, rather than bring spending in line with revenues. A ‘clean’ BBA provides the excuse big spenders seek to raise taxes and grow government,”

This is exactly correct.  The letter continued:

“Any lawmaker committed to restoring American solvency cannot seriously vote for a BBA that does not include a super-majority requirement for tax increases,”

It’s not surprising that John Boehner would seek to do this for the sake of political expedience, but what is shocking about this is that it will undoubtedly be used to either punish the entire economy, or to politically attack Republicans.  Let me explain the way in which it will be used for the latter purpose, since the former is self-explanatory.  What will happen is that a number of House Conservatives will revolt against party leadership over this(and they had damned-well better,) but this will mean the Amendment will go down to defeat, and this will enable Democrats to say “We voted for a BBA, but Republicans obstructed it.”  The details and the truth won’t matter.  The President will claim: “See, we tried to get a Balanced Budget Amendment, but those darned Republicans stopped it.”

The way to prevent a disaster is to introduce the stronger version of the Amendment. This means it may go down to defeat, but if it does, it will have been defeated with Democrats’ votes.  That would flip the narrative, and place the burden of defending a bad position on Democrats.  What Boehner’s surrender promises us is a complete disaster of unrestricted tax increases, or the loss of the House majority, or both.   Boehner isn’t fit to lead.  He doesn’t understand the concept.  He’s a deal-making, arm-twisting surrender monkey, and if the GOP majority survives this disastrous leadership for another two years, it will have been a miracle, but Boehner must go.  Cantor isn’t looking any better.

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  • Tracy

    How many times do we have to be kicked in the teeth by the repubs before we learn that they have to go right along with the dems. Every one of them! They are not on our side and never have been. Nothing but career politicians who are probably being bought off to back down on all of their so-called promises. They are just as complicit in the destruction of America as Obama and his brothers in crime.

    You write fantastic articles, markamerica. Thank you for your good works.

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Tracy, thank you for reading!

  • John Fedor

    I can't believe WE control the house and our leadership is so damn willing to sell us all down the river! If this turns out to be true, I will do every thing to start up a THIRD party because I could never vote for a democrat and I sure as hell will never vote Republican again, ever!

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      John, I think a good interim step is to contact your house member and raise hell. Of course, if your house member is a Democrat, good luck with that.

      • Tracy

        Been there done that. Doesn't work.

  • The KellyJaye

    I 100% agree with your post!
    For what it's worth, I actually got an account on the new Team Boehner site just to get the inside propaganda (lol). None-the-less, within the site I sent him (or who ever reads internal messages) a PC WTF and plea to not wuss out again.
    I wont hold my breath on making a difference, but anything is worth a try.

  • Olga Centura

    Like the football program at PSU–wipe the floor clean of the old school every election cycle and get rid of every last lobbyist in the place that is throwing bucketfuls of money at them, or you will never clean out the filth…

  • http://gravatar.com/1thinkingwoman 1thinkingwoman

    Mark, excellent work, as always!! Maybe you start a suggestion site where one column to eliminate spending ideas (like Perry's elimination of goverment entities, get rid of czars, business justification and approval for Air Force One trips…) and another that would spark business? We have to show how math works in economics 101 to people who have never held a job or made a payroll.

    Start with how to run a home – you cannot overspend your way until you are bankrupt. You cannot sell less than you buy.

    Let boomers ready to retire use some 401k $$ to buy their retirement home and spark a solution to the real estate glut. Anything to get this economy going again! We are headed towards Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand if you haven't seen it – and my child graduates that year! Help!!
    1TL

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      1TL, I'm very familiar with Rand's works. One of the pages linked at the top of my title page is called the "Morality of Money" and it is a brief excerpt from Atlas Shrugged. People either start using their minds or we lose the country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maggie.denson Maggie Denson

    In reading our Constitution I found this, but of course,  it doesn’t say HOW to do this. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute New Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.  I suppose it is up to “We the People.”