The Statist GOP
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The only principles that seems to matter in Washington anymore are money and power.
First victory, then surrender.
The House's $1.01 TRILLION spending bill is so horrendously bad that even some Democrats are voicing opposition to it. But when it comes right down to it, politicians in both parties are so afraid of another government shutdown that they aren't going to do much of anything other than complain. But, of course, if government shutdowns were as dangerous as they say, our nation would have collapsed long ago.
Meanwhile, conservatives are wondering just what is so bad about shutting down the federal government. After all, we've been through many government shutdowns in the past, and have faced none of the dire consequences that the political class warns will come about. Heck, the last time the government shut down, all of the big, public brouhaha that followed was engineered by the Obama Administration in an attempt to make Republicans look bad - yet come January, the GOP will control both the Senate and the House, so we can all see how well that trick worked.
And to add insult to injury, while John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy are tripping over themselves in their efforts to rubber-stamp Obama's agenda, the president is arrogantly rubbing the GOP leadership's spinelessness in Republican's faces. According to Obama, the next president wouldn't dare to undo his unconstitutional actions. You see, to this president, we're only "a nation built on the rule of law" when he is lecturing us on how racist American law enforcement is.
As more time goes on, the Republican Party only seems to be capable of making the case for why no one, of any political stripe, should ever vote for them. The only thing GOP leadership seems to be good at anymore is compromising their principles - if they ever had any to begin with. The only principles that seems to matter in Washington anymore are money and power.
But as the GOP rushes to endorse those things they used to fight so virulently against, the big question is how today actions will affect them in 2016. After all, to hear the media tell it, the two big GOP contenders are Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, neither of whom will manage to bring voters to the polls in great enough numbers to even begin to think about winning. I guess they're just banking on antipathy toward President Obama - and the stupidity of the American voter - to usher them into the White House.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)