Just in time for a nice, long holiday break, Congress put aside their differences, came to a budget compromise, and avoided another government shutdown.
The House passed a two-year bipartisan budget plan on Thursday night, their final task before the Christmas holidays. The Senate is still needs to pass the deal this week, but it looks like it will be smooth sailing. The new budget will reduce automatic spending cuts by $63 billion in the next two years and reduce the deficit by $23 billion. But most importantly, the bipartisan budget deal avoids another potential government shutdown – for two whole years!
The passing of the “meeting in the middle” budget seems to signal a shift for House Republicans away from the staunchly uncompromising attitudes that have given us multiple standoffs, threats of default and lingering government shutdowns.
But what sparked this sudden change in attitude? Was it the spirit of the season that prompted this compromise? Or was it something else? (It was something else)
On Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan defended the budget deal to avert further shutdown, saying that it would allow the Republican Party toPresident Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
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“We like the fact, for the economy, no shutdowns,” he said. “We also don’t want to have shutdown drama so we can focus on replacing Obamacare, so we can focus on showing better ideas than what this is coming.”
So first they caused a shutdown in an attempt to kill Obamacare, and now they’re avoiding a shutdown in an attempt to kill Obamacare. Makes sense. After all, according to Bob Rucho, a Republican senator from North Carolina, Obamacare is worse than Hilter and Stalin and bin Laden COMBINED.
“Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined,” .
Bob Rucho has been working tirelessly to kill Obamacare. He was the primary sponsor of a bill this year to prohibit North Carolina from setting up a health insurance exchange or participating in the Medicaid expansion, which has kept 377,000 North Carolinians from Medicaid coverage. And now with the new budget deal, Rucho will have plenty more time to work out his plan to kill Obamacare – unless the death panels get to him first.
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The NSA is getting re-branded!
Army General Keith Alexander will step down after eight years on top of the NSA. The White House downplayed suggestions that Alexander’s decision to retire was because of the damage done to the NSA’s reputation after the Edward Snowden leak fiasco. But there’s nothing like a fresh face to win over the American public! As for Keith Alexander, you can add in a happy retirement note to your next email – he’ll find it.
After the Republicans’ “brilliant plan” to shutdown the government in order to get rid of Obamacare turned out to be not so brilliant, they need to find someone to blame – and author Ed Klein has just the person(s): Obama and his senior adviser Valerie B. Jarrett.
Ed Klein, who wrote a widely criticized biography of Obama called The Amateur, claims that President Barack Obama deliberately lured Republicans into a trap planned by his senior advisor Valerie Jarrett. Go on…
“(Jarrett) convinced the president that a government shutdown and default offered a great opportunity to demonize the Republicans and help the Democrats win back a majority in the House of Representatives in 2014,” Klein told .
“Valerie also came with the idea of using the words ‘hostage’, and ‘ransom’ and ‘terrorists’ against the Republicans,” Klein added.
Of course they didn’t screw themselves over – they were trapped! And by a Kenyan-commmunist-Muslim!
Over several late night strategy sessions, Obama and his advisor devised the diabolical plan to refuse to negotiate with the Republicans, make them look like fools and drive their favorability ratings into the ground.
Well, if that was their plan, it certainly worked well. reveal that Americans place the blame mainly on the GOP with nearly three-quarters disapproving of Republicans’ handling of the budget crisis. If only they hadn’t fallen for that trap! Or had just passed the budget in the first place and foiled the Democrats evil “plan”.
Hindsight’s 20/20 – except if you belong to the Tea Party. Some Republicans are eager to fall into the “trap” again come the next debt-celling standoff. Rep. John C. Fleming said he’s already looking forward to the next shutdown, telling , “That will get us into Round 2. See, we’re going to start this all over again.” Sigh…
The Senate deal has been signed, sealed, and delivered to Obama. The debt ceiling crisis / government shutdown fiasco is over! At least until January… then we start all over again.
On Wednesday evening the House sucked it up and passed the deal the Senate put together with a 285 to 144 vote. The usual party poopers – Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, etc. – all voted against the deal, but luckily enough Republicans felt that they should put this whole ugly mess behind them and sided with the Democrats.
The deal itself, which was passed just a day before the debt ceiling deadline, will allow funding for the government until January 15 and raise the debt limit through February 7. As for the Obamacare concessions, the deal lacks any major legislative changes to Obamacare. So was shutting down the government for two weeks worth it for the Tea Party gang? Answer: no. They didn’t get much – and they might get even less come election time.
As for Obama, he’s pretty tired of debt ceiling standoffs. Speaking from the State Dining Room at the White House, Obama addressed the nation, thanking the federal employees for their patience and urging bipartisan compromise in the weeks ahead.
“Let’s be clear, there are no winners here,” Obama said. “These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy. We don’t know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst out there believes it’s slowed our growth.”
“The American people are completely fed up with Washington,” he added. “How business is done in this town has to change.”
But in the meantime, it’s back to work for the furloughed government employees. The good news is the hundred of thousands of federal workers will receive back pay for the 16 days the government was shutdown. The bad news is they have to go back to work. But at least now senior citizens can stop breaking into national parks. Until January, of course, when this happens all over again…