The Shutdown Continues
As last week came to a close, it seemed as though Washington was inching towards a compromise. Although I was worried that the compromise would essentially mean a GOP cave on the issues that matter most. But as negotiations deteriorated over the weekend, it seems we are right back where we began. A bi-partisan plan – the Collins plan – was nixed by Democratic leadership over the weekend. This plan would have funded the government for 6 months, increased the debt limit through January, limited spending to $967 billion next year, delayed ObamaCare's medical device tax and required income verification for ObamaCare subsidies. Not only did Democratic leadership say no to the plan but they then upped the anti. Democrats are now demanding that spending return to pre-sequestration levels. In other words, Democrats are demanding that we increase spending as a part of their deal to open the government. So much for that “clean” CR they've been demanding!
Moving The Goal Post
Earlier this year, we saw the President, his administration and his Party engage in weeks of apocalyptic doom-and-gloom if spending cuts were actually implemented. They were implemented. Everyone survived. The scare-mongering didn't come to fruition and liberals looked foolish. Well now they are gain claiming that we must end these spending cuts. Why? The country is surviving just fine with these minuscule cuts in place. If anything, we need to be cutting MORE not less! Sequestration cut less than 4% of the growth of discretionary spending, and this is what the Democrats are hung up on? If they are demanding this, then they definitely won't be open to any of the real cuts we need to make on mandatory/entitlement spending. Jamie Dupree lays out all of the details over these spending levels. He points out in his blog today: “Even with the spending caps in place, and no change to current law under the Budget Control Act, spending could go up starting in 2015 by about $25 billion each year for the next seven years.” So spending is still set to increase, even with sequestration cuts in place and Democrats will eventually get the spending levels they are currently seeking. Why would Democrats suddenly move the goal post? Because they think they have momentum on their side. From all I can tell, they don’t.
The Train Wreck Rambles Onward
People who have actually enrolled in ObamaCare have been labeled “urban legends” – They are said to exist, but nobody can actually find them. But what isn't legend is the difficulty for millions of Americans to secure coverage. What isn't legend is the effect ObamaCare is having on businesses, hours, jobs and the economy. What isn't legend is the fact that costs are rising. I have the latest round-up of ObamaCare failures on Hannity.com and it’s definitely worth a moment to take a look. Any good argument needs a good arsenal of facts and I’ve provided a ton of it! It all adds up to the question of why this administration wouldn't even consider a delay of the individual mandate defies logic. But then again, we are dealing with liberals.