How to lose without really trying – CRomnibus edition

By Steve Eggleston

Earlier today, Pete gave the rosy political analysis of the politics of the CRomnibus, or as it should be called, the CRUMMYbus. I disagree, but before I get to that, there have been a couple of developments that are happening as I type:

  • Congress passed, and President Obama signed, a stopgap spending measure to keep the government open through Wednesday.
  • The Senate reached an agreement to pass the larger CRomnibus with no changes.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) forced a vote on the constitutional point of order regarding the CRomnibus’ funding of Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens, which failed in a massive showing by the bipartisan Party-In-Government.

It is an unmitigated disaster for the Republicans. On every major point of full-year spending, the Democrats got what Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wanted – full funding for ObamaCare for the rest of the fiscal year, full funding for the 3-month start of amnesty for illegal aliens, and a continuation of spending at a clip that adds more than $1,000,000,000,000 in new debt per year.

Even worse, the Republicans lost the optics of what the Democrat Presstitute Organs successfully framed as “consessions” to Republicans – a slight reworking of the Frank-Dodd throttling of the financial sector for the benefit of, mainly, Citigroup and an increase in the amount of money that can be donated to national political committee. Both items are actually on the Democrat wish list, and for much the same reason – campaign cash.

First, Citigroup, which allegedly wrote the weakening of Dodd-Frank, has been giving more to Democrats than Republicans every cycle since 2006. Of course, the chief objector on the far-left side of the aisle, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), received exactly $0.00 from them, so take her objection with a grain of salt.

The increase in donations to political parties is, similarly, a lifeline to the nearly-bankrupt Democrat National Committee. The Republican National Committee, while nearly as reviled by conservatives as by the Presstitute Organs, is doing rather well financially.

For those of you who thought that there might be a fight over executive amnesty for illegal aliens in a few months when the short-term funding for Homeland Security runs out, I have some bad news. Sen. Cruz’s attempt to raise a constitutional point of order regarding its funding was rejected by a far larger majority than the number of incoming Republican freshmen Senators.

I may not go as far as Ace and actually vote for a Democrat in 2016, but my Republican RepublicRAT representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson, no longer have my vote in either any future primary or any future general election. The advesarial two-party system is dead – may the bipartisan Party-In-Government join it.

Coincidence?

by baldilocks

Did you notice that many of the things which the Left gets behind, supports, fuels, champions, etc. lead, ultimately to fewer human beings?

Homosexuality

Abortion

Race Wars

Feminism

Pornography

One way or another, the Left will see to it that fewer humans will be conceived, born and/or survive. There’s a very logical reason for that goal. The Left believes that there are two types of people: 1) perfectible/teachable, and 2) incorrigible and/or inferior. The latter are either the discarded tools of leftism or those who refuse to knuckle under to Leftism. Why do you think there are such high body counts in Leftopias like Stalin’s USSR and Mao’s China? And there are, usually, more tools than there are refuseniks.

Interestingly enough, the Devil has the same goal as Leftism.

It’s real easy to demonize those who don’t believe as you do–and, sometimes, those who do—and it’s going to sound as though that’s what I’m doing.

But what else is there to think when your political enemies and your ultimate enemy seem to have the same likes/dislikes and the same basic foe?

Delegates and members of the Democratic party booed after former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) discussed God and moved to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles, had to ask for the Yea and Nay vote several times before declaring the motion passed.

C-SPAN cameras captured the dissatisfaction among members after the motion passed.

Old 2012 news, right? I don’t think so and I bet, neither does God.  The Enemy wants us all dead and he will use those willing tools–most of whom are on the Left, but not all–to make it happen. Are you watching how he and his servants are ginning up strife? Open your spiritual eyes.

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#AllLivesMatter #BlackLivesmtter and The Right Argument

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King

I’ve told the following story before but it’s worth repeating in this context.

Many years ago I had a friend who a married man had expressed an interest in.  She was also interested in him and approached me for advice.

Now one would assume that the obvious answer when approached by such a question is:  “He’s a married man” , but the very nature of the request made suggested that the argument:  “Sleeping with a married man is wrong.” wasn’t going to be effective in talking her out of it.

So as the moral argument was either going to fail or would send her to someone else who might give effective advice I switched to plan B and asked a question that apparently had not occurred to her..

“If a wife and child aren’t enough to keep him from going after another younger woman, what’s going to hold him back when he finds someone more attractive or younger?”

This argument which appealed to self interest, was effective.

This instantly came to mind when I saw that yet another college official is apologizing for saying “All lives matter” as if stating that fact is “disgraceful pushback” rather than the politically correct “Black Lives matter”.

And there are those who are angry at the very suggestion that someone would tweet #AllLivesMatter

Given that this is America in 2014 and not either the Middle East or America the era of Jim Crow or Slavery era one would normally respond to a person deciding the idea that publicly declaring “All lives matter” is offensive by saying the whole concept of America is all lives matter.

It’s embedded in the ideals of the Declaration “All men are created equal”, reaffirmed by guarantee of Freedom of religion, the idea that are equal before the law, the concept that all presumed innocent when charged with a crime & entitled to representative or even the law stating an emergency room must take any person regardless of ability to pay and of course if one believes in Christianity all equal before the eyes of God.

But the fact that a person would object or apologize for a statement that all lives have equal value suggests that any such argument would be fruitless since said objection by its very nature implies lack of respect for both the moral code and the history of the nation.

Therefore the best move to persuade such people that this is a bad idea is to illustrate to those involved that said objection are not in their own self interest, for this there is a single point to be made illustrated by a point made by this tweet:

You see the problem with using your current cultural dominance and/or power to advance a race specific meme is you never know when you won’t have said power.

Six years Barack Obama was considered the second coming, the man who was going to fix the world’s economy, save the planet from global warming and make everyone love us. He was so beloved that he was given the Nobel Peace Prize just for being him and any critique of him constituted an action beyond the pale.

Six years later members of his own party are doing their best not to be photographed with him.

Six years ago the decision to have the (then) gay married bishop Gene Robinson at the inauguration along with Pastor Rick Warren was controversial.

Less than six years later simply voting the wrong way on Gay Marriage was enough to force the resignation of one of the inventors of the modern net from Mozilla.

When you don’t deal in absolutes in law, morality etc you take the risk that eventually you will find yourself hunted by the same type of rules that you impose as a fellow named Robespierre discovered.

So think long and hard before you choose to decide all lives don’t matter because you may not always have the power to select which ones do. And honestly do you really trust your opponent to make that decision when it comes to your life?

Exit question: Does anyone else find it odd that a lot of the types who are tweeting #Blacklivesmatter doesn’t extend that concept to unborn black life?

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The GOP #CRomnibus catbird seat

Mr.Spock: I see no logic in preferring Stonn over me.
T’Pring: You have become much known among our people, Spock. Almost a legend. And as the years went by, I came to know that I did not want to be the consort of a legend. But by the laws of our people, I could only divorce you by the kal-if-fee. There was also Stonn, who wanted very much to be my consort, and I wanted him. If your Captain were victor, he would not want me, and so I would have Stonn. If you were victor you would free me because I had dared to challenge, and again I would have Stonn. But if you did not free me, it would be the same. For you would be gone, and I would have your name and your property, and Stonn would still be there.
Mr. Spock: Logical. Flawlessly logical.

Star Trek Amok Time 1967

Earlier this week I strongly objected to the CRomnibus bill rushed to passage in the House on the grounds that members of congress should have the time to read a bill before it’s voted on.

But with the short term extension (Tom White’s objections not withstanding) Senators will have time to read the bill & judge it on its merits so that problem is solved.

As for the merits of the bill, there is a lot of emotion  from both the right and the left.  There is no doubt that there is a lot of junk in it that likely shouldn’t be, but I’m not worried because no matter what happens, if it’s passed, if a short term 2 month bill is passed instead or if it’s blocked, there is one thing I know for sure:

The GOP never had it so good.

Every single possibility is a positive for the GOP politically, let me explain in detail.

Possibility #1:  No bill passed government shutdown:

You might recall last year when there was a short term government shutdown all in the media declared how much it would hurt the GOP electorally, now that we have proof that this is not the case a shut down this time has several advantages:

1. It stops funding of many things that should not be by rote.

The less it pays for the smaller government becomes automatically

2. It disproportionately affects the discretionary spending that fuels the left.

Many more of the left’s priorities are non-emergency funding.  A shutdown stops them.

3. Because it affects the supporters of the left it puts pressure on Democrats to make a deal (which is likely going to be even more favorable to the right).

And the longer it goes on the more desperate they will be for a deal

4. It’s a resounding defeat for both the President & for the Establishment

And this president & this establishment NEED to be defeated.

5. It exacerbates the Democrat Civil War & forces the MSM to cover it

This is the best thing of all, by empowering the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democrats it will create the same situation that defeated Mitt Romney in 2012 but on the left.  Warren might be able to win in a place as crazy as Massachusetts but nationally she has no appeal outside of Hollywood & the fever swamps if she doesn’t win outright she will force a Hillary or a Cuomo or a Brown even farther left and that will help a lot in 2016.

Furthermore with Warren & the Black Caucus & Warren on board the old “Evil Republicans starving kids” business for the media doesn’t wash.

6.  In three weeks the worm turns

If there is a shutdown & it goes to early January eventually the new congress will be seated meaning a new vote with a new congress that has a GOP majority in the senate.

Short Term Bill Passes 2-3 Months

This one is pretty good too because it means the following

1.  The worm has turned:

See #6 above, with GOP majorities in both houses republicans will have more leverage than before to advance their ideas and cut back Democrat priorities

2.  No Harry Reid roadblocks

Last time around Harry Reid didn’t even allow many of the GOP bills come up for a vote, this time he doesn’t have that power.

3.  Possible Democrat Filibusters:

It will be fun to see the press suddenly decide that Democrats shutting down the government is a good thing, but it will be even more fun to watch them keep it shut down because #2 & #3 from a shutdown will still apply.

4.  President shutdown government:

Ah the joy of watching an unpopular president shut down the government because he doesn’t like the spending bill would be fun, particularly if the Senate Democrats choose to back him, not only does #2 & #3 continue to apply but now such a shutdown becomes the face of the Democrat party nationally.

5.  Piecemeal bills:

Harry Reid stopped the post shutdown piecemeal approach, (funding key parts of government one bill at a time) allowing the press to ignore it, however with a GOP majority Boehner & McConnell will be in a position put bills on the President’s desk to fund the specific parts of the government that should actually be funded & have the most public support and force him to decide to sign or veto.  Because it’s the president & not Reid they can’t pretend he’s above the fray, and the more piecemeal funding of Government that is needed the more we can let the unnecessary BS fall by the wayside.

CRomnibus passes

For all the annoyance of some of the President’s stuff being funded for a year even if CRomnibus passes the GOP is in good shape.

1.  Time for a real budget:

With both houses of congress we can finally get on track for an actual budget passed by both houses and sent to the president instead of playing the shutdown game.  With a year to do it there is no reason why it shouldn’t get done.

2.  Son of CRomnibus

If for some reason we don’t get an actual budget and are stuck with son of CRomnibus all the advantages of the short term bill (1-5 above) exist .

3.  It’s primary time for the GOP & Dems:

If there is a son of CRomibus bill in October of 2015 as the primary season is beginning tit will put the maximum amount of pressure for the GOP house & Senate to appease its conservative base (that’s you dear reader) to avoid generating primary candidates.  At the time it will force Dems to do the same forcing a party that’s already devoid of moderate democrats farther to the left before an election.

4.  Obama Democrats

If you think Democrats are desperate to get away  from Barack Obama now wait till you see them as election 2016 comes closer, If the president resists a GOP bill (and he will) every incumbent Democrat & every Democrat candidate will get the chance to be directly linked to Barack Obama at the very time the party wants to forget him.

5.  Obama Presidential Candidates

If a Son of Cromnibus bill comes up as Democrats are preparing for Iowa & NH we will have some lovely shots of a likely Democrat either rejecting Barack Obama on camera (generating similar ads to the ones Ali ran in Louisiana vs Landrieu in the Black community) or embracing Barack Obama (generating ads to run just about everywhere else).  I’m sure every single Democrat is who wants to be president is just dying to have to do one or the other just before the first caucus & primaries take place.

So hate Cromnibus or love Cromnibus, either way,when it comes to politics, it’s going to be a winner for conservatives & the GOP who will have a very merry Christmas.