Who Won? No One

The Boehner Bill passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate later today, and Obama will sign it. The bill caused much division. The Tea Party Congressmen saying we needed deeper cuts, and the leftwing saying we needed to raise taxes with it.

There was a feel good moment when Gabby Giffords was able to come and vote in the House. It reminded us of when Pres. Obama asked us to be more civil with each other after her shooting. Sadly, no one listened to the President, including the President himself. Yesterday it was reported that Pres. Biden called the Tea Party lawmakers “terrorists” in a closed door meeting with Democrats. : He is denying that, but admits the other Democrats did indeed call them “terrorists.” Here is a quote from Rep. Mike Doyle: “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” The quote is very telling. It’s all about them spending our money. That quote should be used in every GOP election commercial until 2020. It not only reveals the one goal of Democrats, but how they have reached the lowest of the low in using vile rhetoric. This wasn’t some pundit. This was one of our leaders. I condemned Rep. Joe Wilson when he yelled, “liar” at the President, and I condemn this. Doyle is comparing men and women in our Congress to the sick monsters that killed 3000 Americans on 9-11, and most in the room agreed with him. That is unacceptable. If Biden did say it, he should hang his head in shame.

Enough is enough. We disagree on how to solve our problems. I may think the Democrats are wrong, but I would never call them such a despicable name. It’s truly beyond the pale. It’s like this. Both sides believe they are doing what is best for the country. Each side has VERY different visions. We should focus on showing that vision, and not throw smears and dirt at each other. Just make your case to the American people. Is that so hard?

The interesting thing is the media is describing this as some sort of win for the Tea Party, but 22 Republican lawmakers in the house voted against the GOP leadership and their bill. They were a part of the Tea Party Caucus. They do not feel this is a win. They feel that this bill does not go nearly far enough to solve our debt problems, and they believe that things will not get better because of this bill (neither do I). This was a win for the leadership of Boehner, but I think he knows it doesn’t go far enough. He did what he could though, and I admire him for it. Even Rush Limbaugh, who the Democrats like to point to as some head of the GOP, HATED this bill.

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Here are the details of the bill simply put:

After an initial $400 billion increase in the debt ceiling, another $500 billion would be authorized under the bill around late September unless Congress passes a resolution of disapproval.

Spending cuts of $917 billion are also required over 10 years, although many of these are cuts to planned spending. For example, the bill’s spending caps would cut just $7 billion in in 2012 compared to 2011, and would require spending just $3 billion in 2013 compared with 2011.

After that, a 12-member congressional committee would be required to find up to $1.5 trillion in new cuts over 10 years. If they succeed, another $1.5 trillion increase in the debt ceiling would be allowed. If they fail, a minimum $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling is permitted, and forced cuts matching that amount would be made.

Basically, no one won. Maybe that is what a compromise means. Sooner or later we will have to face the fact that we have overspent ourselves into this mess, and the only solution is to stop spending and reduce our debt. : Then we will pass a bill that truly makes a difference. This bill really is nothing but a bandaid.

In a month, the American people will not remember this vote or the division and smears. The only thing they may remember is Pres. Obama’s lack of leadership on this.

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