There’s an old song by Yello called “Vicious Games” and I was reminded of it watching the countdown to the government running out of funds tonight if a deal was not reached. At literally the 11th hour, suddenly word arrived that a deal was made: The Democrats saved Planned Parenthood and the Republicans gained a cut of 37.67 billion. They had bought themselves a little more time to draw up the bill next week and vote on the agreement. It was clear, however, on the vote for the extension that at least a quarter of Congress was unwilling to agree to that extension.
There’s no question in my mind many Republicans look on this as a loss. After Boehner’s tough, take no prisoners stance, settling on a cut of 37.67 billion after congress’ original 61 billion proposal that was defeated amidst collective wailing and gnashing of teeth, can’t be construed as anything else. And Planned Parenthood, long the bane of social conservatives everywhere, remains government funded. While they attempted to spin this well (“We will cut 78.5 billion below the President’s 2011 budget proposal” thumped Boehner”) the defeat of getting their way really bites. Now the focus will be on the massive 2012 budget proposed by the Republicans…as the shining light in a dismal fight that left the democrats crying victory.
The rhetoric today was vicious. Unflinching. Almost fanatical. Check out this video:
Now ask yourself this question: How will they be able to stand up for a 4 trillion dollar budget battle if they can’t handle what they’ve just been through? It’s not enough to be determined…they need to step up their game. While I’m sure not everything the Democrats wanted was in the bill, they got far more than I would have credited them had I believed John Boehner. The Republicans are going to have to do a much better job in delivering what they promised, huge spending cuts, instead of being snagged in the mud of social agendas. Otherwise, it’s a pointless attempt which wastes our time and the time we have to pay down the debt before the interest crushes us like a tsunami.
Next time, stay focused or step aside. Let Ron Paul handle it.