It’s Official! Today, the House of Representatives passed the “Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012,” or “fiscal cliff” bill that the Senate passed last night at 1:58 a.m. ET. This shows how the Republicans in the House just voted away their dignity and everything for which they stand.
First, let’s just talk about the bill. It lets the tax rate expire for those making more than$450,000.That goes against every Republican demand and the Republican tax pledge. The pledge says that a Republican will never, ever vote raise taxes on anyone, period. The bill also fails to cut spending, at all! It only delays for two months the across-the-board spending cuts which will come from defense and domestic programs.
The bill is a complete list of Democrat demands. There is nothing in the bill that is supported by Republicans. The only thing that Republicans supported and that was also in the bill was the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class (something which both sides already agreed on). As a result, this bill fails to meet any Republican requirements. Yet, it passed.
Here are a few bits that don’t fit, but I think you should know:
1. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the “fiscal cliff” bill will actually end up adding $4 trillion over a decade to federal deficits. Does that seem like a Republican sensible solution? No.
2. If you were wondering why a spending bill originated in the Senate and not the House, @Brithume was your answer:
The Senate cliff bill is a massive amendment to a House-passed bill, thus complying with Const. prov. that House must originate tax bills.—
Brit Hume (@brithume) January 01, 2013
3. Breaking with Rep. Boehner, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voted “no” on the bill. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), however, voted “yea.” @EWErickson has this to say:
Thus ends the Paul Ryan 2016 Presidential Exploratory Committee.—
Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 02, 2013
4. Here is a list of the House Republicans who voted for the bill:
Now, at this point, there are a few things I want to hit:
The first is the fact that the GOP caved, again. The Republicans have been caving when it comes to any crisis lately. Whenever faced with a crisis, the Republicans cave. During their campaigns, they campaign on going to Washington to deal with the tough issues. Where was that tonight? Where was the new, strong GOP that I asked for in this letter? They are nowhere to be found. Republicans talk a good game, but when it comes to voting, they cave every time. They cave because they are either spineless or on some level don’t believe their own ideology. Had the Republicans grown a backbone tonight and voted “no”, they could have molded it into a better piece of legislation or made a whole new one. However, they didn’t. They lied down like peasants before a king to do the king’s wish. They have become the party of caving.
That begs the question, “What is the difference between Republicans and Democrats?” Historically, you always knew that a Republican would never, ever vote to raise your taxes. Ever! Now, they have broken that pledge. They have violated the one true identifier of the party. And if Republicans are willing to cave to a strictly Democrat bill now, what will they cave on later? Are the Republicans bent to continue caving whenever faced with adversity? Is that the future of the GOP? It might as well be! There is not a difference now. Republicans tonight went down and passed a bill that was top to bottom Democrat engineered. The Republicans that voted for this bill voted for a piece of Democrat legislation, and if you vote like a Democrat, you might be a Democrat. In fact, people should see to it that every person that voted for this bill is primaried and not elected to another term in office. Don’t have an (R) by the end of your name if you can’t honor the one basic thing that the (R) stands for: not raising taxes, period.
The fact is that with this vote, the Republicans have made sure there is no difference in the two parties in Washington. To a voter, the Republicans have just aligned themselves with the Democrats. I guess we do only have one party ruling in Washington. Also if a voter thinks that the Republicans are really just the Democrats in disguise, doesn’t that mean our chances of winning back the Senate in 2014 just dropped to about zero? It’s rhetorical. Of course, it’s going to severely hurt our chances in 2014. It will also hurt us in 2016. This vote will have lasting effects for the party.
This bill also falls on the fact that Boehner has failed as Speaker of the House. He has not adequately negotiated with this bill. In fact, there wasn’t ANY negotiating with this bill. The Senate sent the House the list of everything the Democrats wanted, and the House passed it. The House didn’t even try to amend the bill. They negotiated nothing. It’s time for weepy John Boehner to go. However if the Republicans stay on their current path, they won’t have the backbone to oust Boehner come the vote on his speakership because, once again, they are spineless, and they don’t want to upset anyone.
The vote tonight gave the President and Democrats the okay to continue their spending rampage. The Democrats are spending one trillion dollars every year. With the passage of this bill, the Democrats will get the idea that we will allow them to get away with whatever extremely excessive amount of money they want to spend. We just sent the message to the Democrats that we are spineless and will bend to do whatever they want.
Imagine the cost on the future generations of America. Like I said before, this bill tells to Democrats to just keep on going with their spending (without a budget for the last four years!). If they continue their spending rampage, where will that leave us as a nation? By 2016, what does that put our debt? 20 trillion dollars? Doesn’t that seem, I don’t know, incredibly insane? It does to me, and House Republicans just gave Democrats the thumbs up to keep going. This debt will come down on your children, their children, and their children. This is going to be a multi-generational debt, and House Republicans just gave Democrats the okay to do it.
Also, there won’t be ANY spending cuts in the bill. The automatic spending cuts are being delayed for two months. However, the Democrats will no doubt try to take that time to make sure they don’t happen. As I said, one of the things Republicans had to get out of this debate was spending cuts. They got none. They have failed.
I want to talk about Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan voted IN FAVOR of the bill. I once again agree with @EWErickson in saying, “Thus ends the Paul Ryan 2016 Presidential Exploratory Committee”.
Due to what I have listed before, it is a tragedy to learn that Paul Ryan voted for the bill. I’ll be honest. I liked Paul Ryan a great deal. However, he just gave Democrats the thumbs up in saying that they can continue on their spending rampage. That is unacceptable. Sorry Paul, but Paul Ryan is out for me in the 2016 race.
After all the doom and gloom speak I have given, it’s time for some things we can do. The first thing we can do is call up every person who voted for this bill and give them an earful. I can guarantee that Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) is going to get many a call from me because he voted for the bill, and he is my Senator. We can call every single person who voted for this bill and inform them that they are essentially morons. If you are really ticked off, as I am, you can see to it that your representative is replaced by someone else during the primary. That is what I meant when you “primary” someone. You make sure that they are not the Republican candidate. Second, we can also hold the Republicans feet to the fire. We can call in every time there is an issue coming up in Washington. You don’t let them get away with this. You hold their feet to the fire, and if they still don’t listen, replace them with someone who will. The race for 2014 and 2016 starts now. Votes like these aren’t helping. Only you and I can help our party. The battle starts now. Go.
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As you may know, last night, January 1st 2013, the Senate passed a bill which “averts” the Fiscal Cliff. However, the bill goes against everything Republicans have been asking for. It raises taxes on those making $450,000 or more. It also delays ANY spending cuts for two months. The bill is exactly what the Democrats wanted and barely anything the Republicans wanted.
Today, the House will meet. It is expected that they will vote on the measure. That is why this article is being written. This is going to be more of a letter to House Republicans.
Dear House Republicans,
You are the final stand. Today, Harry Reid and the Democrats passed a measure which goes against what Republicans want and need to get out of this debate. Your Republican counterparts in the Senate have failed you. They have voted for a measure which was in essence a completely Democrat favored bill. The only thing it contains upon which both sides agree is the continuation of the current tax rate for the middle class.
However, the majority of the bill does not stand with Republican ideals. It delays spending cuts for two months, and it lets taxes go up on people making $450,000 or more. The bill is not a Republican bill. It is a completely Democrat bill. That is why I am asking you to vote “no” on this bill.
You may feel as though you must vote “yes” because the Democrats finally sent you a bill on which to vote. However, what about all the bills you sent to the Senate? What about the countless bills you have sent the Senate that STILL haven’t been acted on? If you’re feeling pushed into voting “yes” simply because a bill came to you from the Senate, wouldn’t you think the Senate would feel the same? However, they don’t. The Senate hasn’t voted on many of the bills that you have sent it, and they have voted on none of the Fiscal Cliff bills you sent them. They haven’t passed a budget in four years even though you sent them a budget. So please, just because the Senate sent you a bill, doesn’t mean you have to vote “yes” on it.
You may also want to vote “yes” because it’s the only plan from Democrats so far. However, why would you jump at the first thing you get? Just because they sent you a bill doesn’t mean you have to vote “yes”. You have sent bill after bill to the Senate, and they have done nothing. You sent them many bills to avert this cliff. They voted on none of them. You took the initiative. You passed the bills first. The Senate has done nothing. You have no reason to vote ‘yes” on this bill.
You may want to vote for the bill because the media will push you into voting “yes”, but that doesn’t mean that you should. The media has never and will never be on our side. The media will most likely go out and say “Senate passes Fiscal Cliff deal, but will the House pass it too?”. The media will try to make it look like you’ve done nothing, and that the Democrats were the first side to send any bills. In fact, you sent the Senate plenty of bills to avert this thing before today. You don’t have to be bullied into voting “yes”.
Democrats have always use bully tactics. Today, they are probably going to use the media and the White House to perpetuate the lie that the Senate was first to create a Fiscal Cliff proposal. They weren’t. You were. Don’t be bullied into voting “yes” on this bill.
However, I haven’t mentioned why you shouldn’t vote for it as a Republican. This bill is not a Republican friendly bill. When you assumed office, you took a pledge to never raise taxes, ever. In fact, it is the one thing that can ALWAYS be the identifying factor of the Republican party. If you vote for a Republican, you know they will never, ever vote to raise your taxes. So, if you vote yes on this bill, you are breaking the pledge that you made to the people who elected you. Also, the one thing that Republicans keep asking for are some spending cuts. This bill doesn’t do that. It simply postpones cuts for two months probably in hopes that Democrats can stop those cuts from happening. The simple fact is that this bill isn’t a Republican friendly bill, and it goes against what we stand for. We said that after November 6th we needed to have some serious changes to the party. This is the time. This is the time to stand up for no new taxes and to stand up to voice the need for spending cuts. It is your time to take charge of your party and vote “no” on this bill.
I’m not sure what Speaker Boehner’s opinion on this bill will be. He already tried “Plan B”, but he knew he did not have enough votes so he pulled the bill. Now, if he thinks that the House should pass this bill from the Senate, you will have to disagree with him. That might be hard. However, you know that what you are doing is the correct thing for you, your party, and your country. You will have to go against the Speaker if he says you should pass the bill. However, it is my hope that you stay true to your pledge and vote “no”.
I am so adamant about this issue because I am a 15-year-old American. I will be the bearer of the debt that we are creating. I will be part of the generation that has to pay off the 16.4 trillion dollar debt that we have. Yet, that debt is growing by the second. We are becoming more and more in debt. This is not just an issue for Washington today. It’s an issue for our nation for generations. This debt will be carried on by my generation, my children, my children’s children, and their children’s children. This is a debt that we’re getting stuck with for generations. We are also faced with an out of control ballooning Federal Government. However, there are no spending cuts in this bill to deal with that either. The fact is that all the bad things happening in Washington now are coming down on me and my children. I ask you to vote “no” on this bill and work for no new taxes, smaller government, and solutions to the problems we face.
You are the last stand. You are the final battle in this Fiscal Cliff debate. Unless you make any changes to the bill, it will be, if you pass it, sent straight to the President and be enacted into law. You are the last chance to stop taxes going up because of this debate. You are the last battle. You have to be the new Republican Party. We said that after November 6th we were going to need to change our Party. Today is the day to start. Today is the day to stand up for the pledge you made. Today is the day to stand up for your beliefs. Today is the day to not get bullied into voting “yes” on a bill on which you know you should vote “no”. As I said before, you are the final stand. You must stand up for what you know is right, no matter what the media says, or what the president says, or what Democrats say, or anyone. You should listen to what you know is right and what you made a pledge to do. Today is the day to stand strong and vote “no” on this bill. You can do it. The only thing you have to do is vote but one time.
You are the last battle. You are the last chance. You are the final stand. Please, make your decision wisely.
It’s official. Today, January 1st, 2013, the Senate just finished passing a bill that “averts the fiscal cliff”. This post was at first to be a letter to Republicans in the House of Representatives However, with the passing of the Senate bill, it seems to me that this article needs to be written.
It seems like a victory for the nation, right? It seems as though the Senate has passed a bill to save us all! However, the bill breaks every Republican demand in this debate. The Senate bill does extend the current tax rate (commonly referred to as the Bush Tax Cuts) for people who make less than $450,000. However, that goes against every Republican demand and the tax pledge. The pledge says that a Republican will never, ever vote raise taxes on anyone, period Tonight, the only people who voted against the measure were Carper D-DE, Harkin D-IA, Bennet D-CO, Lee R-UT, Paul R-KY, Rubio R-FL, Shelby R-AL and Grassley R-IA. The rest of the Senate (including the other Republicans) voted for the measure. Essentially, the other Republicans just voted away the one thing a Republican can always say, “I will never vote to raise taxes”. The Senate bill also fails to cut spending, at all! The bill only delays for two months the across-the-board spending cuts which will come from defense and domestic programs. However, didn’t Republicans said that in order to even consider raising taxes (which they shouldn’t) Democrats had to cut spending? Yet, Senate Republicans just voted for a bill with no spending cuts and that raises taxes. Basically, Senate Republicans (with the exception of Lee, Paul, Shelby, Rubio, and Grassley) just passed EVERYTHING the Democrats wanted. There was nothing in the bill that Republicans supported except making sure taxes were the same for the middle class which we something agreed upon already.
Senate Republicans (with the exceptions) have failed us. It’s up to the House of Representatives to be our last stand.
Here are the pictures of the Senators who voted against the bill:
“You’re going to like this,” MSNBC host Chuck Todd said this morning on TV. “So, I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the president last week, and he said, ‘You know, with this Republican, with the way politics of Washington are today, there’d still be slavery. Lincoln wouldn’t have been able to navigate the polarization between the media between this–’ It was an interesting and depressing observation from this very smart White House aide.”
As you may know, a lot of news happens everyday. I don’t have time to cover everything. Here are some of the things that I have bookmarked, but that I have not had the chance to blog: