Run your own nation, play Cybernations."Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals."
- Mark Twain
The legislation passed overwhelmingly, both among Democrats and Republicans. The roll call vote can be found at:
I'd say I was disappointed by this deal, but that would require me to be surprised. And frankly, the Republican Party is no longer capable of surprising me when it comes to betraying its supposed fiscally conservative ideals. The Republicans gave real, immediate spending increases in exchange for paper promises of spending cuts a decade down the road. Those cuts exist in the same realm as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy - the land of make believe. In exchange for this betrayal of fiscal conservatism, what did the Republicans get? A big fat pile of nothing. With negotiating skills like that, I'm betting Ryan, Boehner, and the rest of the GOP establishment pay sticker price for their cars.
As for those saying it was a necessary evil in order to win the bigger fight of the upcoming elections, I ask is winning elections worth it if the cost is putting in people who make these kinds of "deals"? The end goal isn't simply to have a few more senators with an R next to their name. Or at least it shouldn't be. The goal should be to get a few more fiscally conservative senators in place, so we can start dealing with our spending problems.
And I don't buy that 1) the Democrats would've forced a shutdown or 2) that if they had, the Republicans would've shouldered the brunt of the blame. The Democrats squawked and squawked about how terrible and devastating the last shutdown was. They would look like the dumbest hypocrites in the world if they forced a shutdown with the Republicans offering what the Democrats fought for in the last shutdown war - a "clean" status quo budget. Furthermore, I think the Democratic leadership honestly believed its cries of disaster at the shutdown. Their own beliefs in the importance of government would not allow them to shut it down over something so minor.
As usual the GOP is far more concerned about getting elected than it is interested any sort of ideals like fiscal conservatism. And what is scary is, for such a cynical power hungry organization, they are HORRIBLE at making political calculations. They took a hardline stance in the last shutdown showdown with an impossible to win hand and now they fold in this showdown when they have virtually all the cards. I'd love to play poker with Boehner some day.
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
There is no difference between a RINO and a progressive - they both believe they're Gods gift to man - it's that "affunenza" disease.
These ****ing sick rich clowns are responsible for every action in your life yet, patriots step up to the plate such as the Tea Party and the media is quick to do their best to destroy them, without reason or thought and on the pure basis of NOT questioning an elite progressive or RINO.....