the Drama Of Betrayal
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Get ready, America, you're getting hosed for Christmas this year.
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Coward: a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things... excessively afraid of danger or pain. Synonyms: weakling, milksop, namby-pamby, mouse; Antonyms: hero.
It's All A Shell Game
Meet the new boss.
Same as the old boss.
According to the narrative pushed by the news media, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats heroically stood up to those evil Republicans, blocking the continuing resolution that would fund the government for another couple of months, because the Republicans' CR did not include funding for the water situation in Flint, Michigan.
Never mind the fact that a funding bill for Flint is already working its way through Congress.
Maybe Reid just wanted to feel relevant again - after all, there are plenty of egos in Washington that need stroking, and with all of the focus on the presidential race, it should surprise no one that some of D.C.'s more familiar figures might be feeling a bit neglected.
But while the news media is obsessed with some stupid controversy over a remark Donald Trump supposedly made to some supermodel, Republicans are being stabbed in the back yet again.
You see, the real story behind this continuing resolution is that, for yet another year, Congress has not done its job. They did not pass a budget. When it comes to the fiscal future of our nation, Congressional Republicans have made it clear: they just don't give a damn.
These kinds of budgetary shenanigans were supposed to be one of the reasons why John Boehner faced a revolt from Republicans; we're coming up on one year since he resigned as Speaker and left Congress. And last December, when the latest massive Omnibus Spending Debacle came to the forefront of the political sphere, Republicans had all manner of excuses:
The bill had been in the works for months; the train had left the station, and it was too late to stop it.
Paul Ryan was a new Speaker, and he hadn't had sufficient time to do anything to stop Boehner's spending bill.
And if they don't pass this bill, then the government will shut down!!!!! OH, THE HORROR!
But what we suspected last year, we now know to be true. It was all a bunch of lies. Just a line of BS, crafted to get conservatives to ignore the reigning truth of Washington: that Congress exists to grow the size of the federal government, regardless of which party holds power at any given time.
You see, the Continuing Resolution that Congress just passed is a set-up. It will fund the government for a couple of months, and then in December, they will wait until the very last minute, and as the media breathlessly asks whether they will be able to avoid shutting down the government just before Christmas, they will pass another massive spending bill, narrowly avoiding yet another crisis of their own making.
Get ready, America, you're getting hosed for Christmas this year... just like last year... and the year before that.
Republicans in Congress will, undoubtedly, face some criticism for doing this to us yet again, but they will go back home to their districts with their well-planned talking points in hand, and they'll go to the local newspaper or the local talk radio station, and prattle on about how they shaved a little bit off of this program, and trimmed that department back, and even though we'll be spending more on our federal government than ever before, they will tell us that it's a win.
And so, real question is, will you buy it? How many more of these manufactured dramas will we put up with? How long will we allow ourselves to be lied to before we decide that enough is enough?
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...)