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by Rosalind Graham
(Apr. 24, 2011) — If our country is to have any chance of survival, the Republican establishment must be replaced in 2012 with genuinely conservative legislators who understand that our future is dependent upon dramatically slashing government size and spending.
It took only six weeks after the historic election of November 2010 to see the Republican establishment announce and proclaim its decision to disavow the will of we, the people, and continue boldly to march in lock-step with Obama on the road to ever-increasing borrowing and spending.
The Lame Duck session of Congress shouted the Republican establishment message loud and clear; surrender all the leverage generated by the astonishing November election results, freely capitulate to Obama and grant him a total victory in the debate over the ‘two (2) year’ Bush tax extensions — among other things.
The 2011 session of Congress has only solidified the Republican establishment betrayal of we, the people:
(1) The Republican establishment kept their campaign promise to vote to repeal Obamacare, but then sanctimoniously disavowed that vote in its entirety when they gladly voted NOT to defund Obamacare. Their hypocrisy was blatant and stunning!!
(2) Their next chances to fulfill their promises to we, the people, came in the round of Continuing Resolutions to fund the government through the remainder of the current fiscal year. They were totally consistent in their refusal to make meaningful spending cuts while graciously promising Obama they would not ‘shut down’ the government — which in reality doesn’t ‘shut down’ the government at all. No matter that polling data confirmed that we, the people, preferred to ‘shut down’ the government to try to make meaningful reductions to unbridled spending.
First, it was a refusal to even vote on defunding the $105 billion in mandated up-front costs for the implementation of Obamacare — which is being spent as I write this to ingrain Obamacare in our system beyond repeal or recovery in the future.
Next, the $100 billion in spending cuts that were promised — to buy our votes in November — became a ‘prorated’ $61 billion in cuts; hypocritically, allegedly because the fiscal year was now already half over.
That $61 billion number was next reduced to $38 billion in cuts — just because that was the number to which Obama had agreed.
Finally, in the dead of night three Republican staffers agreed that the final spending cut number should be a mere $352 million. That actual number was released just prior to the vote to pass the final Continuing Resolution, covering the remainder of the fiscal year. Without hesitation, John Boehner promoted the appropriateness of the meaningless cut and coerced too many of the House Freshman Class to vote in favor of the Continuing Resolution so they, the establishment, could move on to the ‘important’ battles.
It has been reported that we will exceed the debt ceiling within a week or two. Meanwhile The Republican establishment is refusing to vote AGAINST raising the debt ceiling, instead trying to sound ‘tough’ by saying they will insist on significant spending cuts before they will vote TO increase the debt ceiling. Do you believe them? I don’t! Their track record is littered with too many lies in its path. And, it is with certainty that I predict the debt ceiling will be raised, with the concurrence of the majority of the Republican establishment, even without demonstrable spending cuts.
(4) Ah, but the Republicans had to save their strength and ammunition for the most important battle — the 2012 federal budget crafted by their budget guru, Paul Ryan. That budget was rolled out with great fanfare as the answer to our fiscal woes, yet within two hours of its release, Paul Ryan announced he was willing to ‘compromise’ his budget. Where is the belief and conviction in what has been proposed if it is immediately admitted that Republicans will not stand strongly behind it? Never mind that the budget only cuts $6 trillion off the deficit in ten (10) years’ time and takes somewhere around TWENTY PLUS (20+) YEARS TO PUT US ON A SOUND FISCAL FOOTING — I believe that is the assessment of it. My best assessment of Paul Ryan’s waiting-to-be-compromised budget plan is that since Obama has labeled it ‘radical’ it must be a statistical improvement over Obama’s mythical proposal.
But it isn’t only the establishment in Washington that must be purged in 2012. The state-level establishment is even more insidious, certainly incestuous and must also be voted out in 2012, if we are to survive. I draw your attention to a Newsmax article published on April 23, 2011.
At every level, federal, state and local, the establishment must be purged!! The election of 2010 has been effectively nullified by the Republican establishment and we, the people, must start over. We must have the courage, fortitude and determination to win, not just the battle but the war. We did it once and we can do it again!!! And, we need to start now…
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.