Skip to comments.Tide Pod Republicans
Posted on 02/10/2018 7:30:37 AM PST by Kaslin
I am worried that Republicans in Congress have been eating Tide Pods lately. Tide Pods can kill you and Republicans are in the process of killing the Republican Party with this latest budget agreement. There is no other explanation.
What else explains the irrational and liberal policies that Republicans pushed in the latest budget agreement? This agreement is a complete sell-out of the pillar of the 2016 Republican Party platform, which reads in part:
“Our national debt is a burden on our economy and families. The huge increase in the national debt demanded by and incurred during the current Administration has placed a significant burden on future generations. We must impose firm caps on future debt, accelerate the repayment of the trillions we now owe in order to reaffirm our principles of responsible and limited government, and remove the burdens we are placing on future generations. A strong economy is one key to debt reduction, but spending restraint is a necessary component that must be vigorously pursued.”
That was written two years ago, and it sounds dated.The party has evolved much, and Republicans are running away from the platform at record speed with this agreement that clearly violates the letter and spirit of the platform.
D.C. opinion leaders have panned the deal. Paul Winfree of the Heritage Foundation Tweeted that “once you include disaster relief, non-defense OCO, and wildfires the budget deal’s non-defense discretionary spending level for FY2018 is 311% HIGHER than Obama’s request in his last budget.” Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute writes that this agreement undoes the Trump tax cuts and argued “the sad irony is that December’s Republican tax cut is supposed to save Americans $1.5 trillion over 10 years. But the new spending is essentially a $1.5 trillion tax hike imposed on people down the road.” The benefits of tax cuts are offset by this deal that piles future debt, and higher taxes, on future generations.
According to an analysis done by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget using Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation data discretionary caps for the next two years are hiked by $290 billion, disaster relief increases by $72 billion, repeal of IPAB costs $17 billion, tax extenders totals $17 billion, health provisions $9 billion and other program changes cost another $9 billion. That totals $419 billion in cost in just two years.
Some of the offsets are gimmicks and don’t pass the laugh test like extending the mandatory sequester through 2027 that gets them $35 billion in fake savings in the out years. Congress is suspending the sequester for the next two years and there is no way Congress will allow the sequester to kick in after this budget agreement expires. Two other fake savings are favorite budget gimmick to drawdown the Strategic Petroleum Reserves and a long-term extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four more years that allegedly “saves” $5 billion. Only in Washington would an extension of a massive government health care program save money.
The leadership of the Republican party in the House and Senate were given control of Congress by the American people to shrink, not grow, government. This budget deal will result in at least trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see and sends a message that Republican leaders don’t care about spending and debt. This bill is likely to cause many conservatives to stay home this fall and makes it far more likely that Democrats take over the House. It is sad that Republicans hold power and agreed to an Obama-era like piece of legislation that will bring back annual $1 trillion deficits we experienced during the last administration.
My former boss, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), took a brave stand against the leadership of his own party in the Senate so that he could secure one vote on reinstating mandatory budget cuts. The leadership of the Senate was so committed to the budget busting agreement that they were willing to shut the government down for a few hours rather than allow one 15-minute roll call vote on Senator Paul’s amendment. The leaders purposely waited until the last minute to roll out this massive spending bill so that the American people would not have any time to understand or voice concerns about the spending bill. Congress has just committed future generations to pay for massive new spending over the next decade.
Are these guys taking the Tide Pod challenge during Republican leadership meetings? That is the only explanation for the actions of Republican congressional leaders over the past week.
That’s the problem.
That’s ALL the problem.
Tide pods? Hell, no.
Shit pods ? Absolutely!
This was a bow to “bipartisanship”, and while it appears to be a sellout, it is a temporary trade and a bet being made by the Republicans, that they may gain enough of a majority to make the Senate filibuster-proof, and maintain or even increase their holdings in the House of Representatives.
Even at that, the combined forces of conservatives and libertarians will still be dealing from a minority position.You go into battle with the army you have, not the army you want.
There are many conservatives in this country who feel abandoned by the Republican Party. The first thing we do every week is pay our bills. Our tax dollars are not being managed wisely, as spending is out of control. Who is going to pay for this reckless spending? Spending more and more and more is only going to cause more inflation hurting generations to come. We are leaving a mess for our children and their children.
Good grief. It’s not like the gop kept obama in check on spending. This is the GOP.
What about marijuana brownies, candy etc. Why no outrage on these little "Pods". Why? Cuz we're gonna go for rec marijuana soon....and NYS is going to make a sh** load of money on the plan.
Schmucky Schumer On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ6vSaQV1Ww
Old Chuck may want to eat more than one very soon.
“What else explains the irrational and liberal policies that Republicans pushed in the latest budget agreement?”
The Republican Party is in a bad position.
To maintain nominal control of power temporarily, Republicans in Congress are giving the Democrats everything they want and digging a bigger hole for Democrats to bury them in.
I believe McConnell’s hope is to gain control of the Supreme Court, but the Democrats could easily add a few justices as FDR proposed in 1937.
The temporary tax cuts Trump got could easily be swallowed up by a Democratic Congress imposed wealth tax.
At least, thanks to Elon Musk, we finally did get a flying car!
“Republican leaders dont care about spending and debt”
They care about being called Congressman or Senator.
They’ll have worry about doing hard work, not the debt.
Grandma and Grandpa getting 1% interest in the face of ~5% inflation are paying for the debt creating policies through purchasing power eroding interest rates.
The Mexicans will flee southward with their employers’ construction equipment.
The Chinese will refuse to send Americans ships full of goodies in exchange for electronically created dollars.
Well, they keep telling us “if only we had more Republicans in office, we would do...”
Sorry, I’m not buying. We conservatives are Charlie Brown and the Republicans in office are Lucy with the football. We promise we won’t pull the football away this time!
The leadership of the Republican Party is moribund.
political ground and few bat an eye!..and they've got revenue sources to pull it off...
That’s OK, the (R)N(C) knee-pad brigade will swarm the board in a few short months promising to ‘hold their feet to the fire’ if we ONLY elect a *few* more lesser-of-2...
“Hey, they put a judge on the SCOTUS right?” Oh, hasn’t tipped any ‘scales’ (excuse the pun), eh?
“Well, there was the tax cuts!” ‘Revenue neutral’; requires the benevolence of the EMPLOYER to put more $$ into the paycheck.
“We’ve rolled back YUGE, mountains of regs/rules/etc.” Right, that was Trump. Those agencies still exist, to grow and thrive.
“How ‘bout....*hmmm*, give me a minute. I’m sure I can come up with, maybe, 5. Let me sleep on it.” /s