I haven't been in the mood to say much lately, but I am now. Last week, the Republicans caved to the Democrats AGAIN! Again, they wimped out of a budget and/or debt ceiling fight. I knew the writing was on the wall when 25 of the 44 Senate Republicans voted with the Democrats for cloture, which effectively opened the door to get a CR done; I say get a continuing resolution (i.e. CR) done, because we haven't had a proper budget in almost five years now.
When the House initially passed a CR with everything Obama wanted BUT Obamacare funding, I was encouraged; those of us in the Tea Party put pressure on the Republicans, and it appeared that they'd listened to us. When Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) led the charge in the Senate to defund Obamacare, I was encouraged. When the government was PARTIALLY shut down, I was even more encouraged; the last time the Republicans did this in 1995, it led to our first balanced budget in years, and we even had a surplus! I was hoping the Republicans would fight the good fight this time; I was hoping they would listen to us; after all, if not for the Tea Party, the Republicans could not have won control of the House in 2010.
Ah, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn put pressure on Senate Republicans to vote WITH the Democrats! WTF?! By voting to end the filibuster (which is what cloture does, per Senate rules), the 25 French Republicans, in effect, voted to KEEP Obamacare in place; they voted for Obamacare! Oh, I know, I know; when the vote on the CR (restoring Obamacare funding) was held, these same clowns voted against it, but that was meaningless; the Democrats hold 54 Senate seats, while the Republicans hold 44. IOW, when holding a vote of any kind that only requires a simple majority, the Republicans cannot stop anything the Democrats want to do. Why? Because they do not have the votes; 54 is more than 44 the last time I checked.
If the Republicans want to stop the Democrats' agenda, then they have to use the filibuster and vote AGAINST cloture; they have enough votes to stop the Democrats IF they remain united; to invoke cloture, 60 votes are needed, while the Democrats had only 54. IOW, if the Republicans had held fast on the cloture vote of 27 September, then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrat cronies could not have passed a CR that restored Obamacare funding. To put it another way, by voting for cloture, the 25 Republican traitors effectively voted FOR Obamacare; they voted to keep in in place. Why? That is NOT what we sent them to do! We sent them to STOP this botched abortion of a law, a law that'll wreck what was once the finest health care system in the world.
What's even more galling is that these same 25 French Republicans will then run back to their states, and say how they voted against Obamacare when the vote came up; they'll say that they tried to stop it but couldn't, since they're the minority party in the Senate. This is true; they voted against the CR when it came up. What they will NOT say is how, by voting for cloture, they enabled the CR to pass in the first place! They're freaking hypocrites and traitors. How stupid do they think we are?!
The reason that this is upsetting is all Republicans campaigned on the promise to repeal, defund, and/or obstruct Obamacare in any way possible. Poll after poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans do NOT want Obamacare, so fighting against it is a winning strategy. However, when push came to shove, most of those rat bastards voted for it; they did not vote to defund the law, which would have delayed or prevented its implementation. When it came time to fight, the majority of Republicans surrendered, and they did so before the fight even began.
I think that had the Senate Republicans held their ground in the cloture vote, then we may have won this fight. The government would still be partially shut down. The fight would still be going on, which means that we'd have a chance to finally begin to reign in our out of control spending. If we don't, then we'll be like Greece in the near future. That's not something any thinking person wants.
I know I shouldn't be surprised, and at the end of the day, I wasn't. After all, the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill (House Speaker John Boehner, House Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, et al) has caved on every fight with Obama and the Democrats; I figured that they'd cave this time too. However, when the House voted for a CR defunding Obamacare, a part of me was optimistic. Thanks to the backstabbing ways of the French Republicans in the Senate, we (our country) lost an important fight, a fight to remain fiscally solvent. While I am not surprised, I am disgusted. Those are my thoughts...