Republicans Make Bold Stand on Light Bulbs, Cave on Amnesty and ObamaCare
Great news — Congress has discovered that the Founding Fathers granted it the power of the purse so as to prevent an unscrupulous president like Obama from establishing a de facto dictatorship. Look how boldly they temporarily rescued Thomas Edison’s iconic incandescent light bulb from being banned by liberals:
[The recently unveiled funding] bill prohibits Obama from spending a penny to carry out regulations that would effectively prohibit incandescent light bulbs in the United States.
A statement by the House Approprations Committee says that the bill includes a “provision prohibiting funding for the Administration’s onerous ‘light bulb’ standard, which prevents incandescent bulbs from being manufactured or sold, despite a continued public desire for these products.”
An “explanatory statement” posted on “Bills to be Considered on the House Floor” says: “The agreement includes a provision regarding prohibiting funds to implement or enforce higher efficiency light bulb standards.”
Congress apparently is not worried that Obama will veto the bill and shut down the federal government in order to continue his administration’s policy on incandescent light bulbs.
Now for the bad news. Where they expected resistance from Obama, Republicans folded like a cheap lawn chair, despite their recent landslide victory and Obama’s overwhelming unpopularity.
By cutting a deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27, the House Republican leadership has given President Obama more than two and a half months to move forward with his unilateral amnesty of illegal aliens. During that time, Obama will be able to give illegal aliens visas and Social Security Numbers.
The law is still funded, but there’s no new money for it. There’s also no new ACA-related funding for the Internal Revenue Service and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the two agencies most responsible for implementing the law. The bill also would cut the budget of the Independent Payment Advisory Board — what Republicans have called “the death panel” — by $10 million.
The $10 million is an insignificant token gesture. Most congresscritters could run up a bigger bar tab.
Not a single Republican voted to pass ObamaCare, but plenty have voted to keep it, and will keep on voting to keep it, lest Obama stage another harmless “government shutdown” spectacle.
The new Congress has not even been seated yet and already the GOP has already reneged on the two major promises that resulted in its big election win just last month.
Whether out of cowardice or collusion, cringing mouselike GOP “leaders” John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are likely to do as much as Obama himself to advance the left-wing agenda at America’s expense over the next 2 years.