In November ,when the Republicans and the Tea Party took back the House of Representatives and gained seats not only in the Senate in Washington but seats all over country, we knew change was coming. However, as the conservatives celebrated their victory that night, no one truly predicted the battle that would happen nine months later. As we fast forward to present time, there is a battle going on. It is not the typical Democrat/Republican battle over ideology, it is a battle between friends. Speaker of the House, John Boehner, proposed his bill to the house on Thursday, hoping to secure enough votes to pass it over to the Senate. Boehner knew his bill would die on the Senate floor, but he would still be able to look the republican base in the eye and say they tried. Tonight he can’t even look himself in the mirror.
Many bills have been crafted over the last few weeks, but it seems as if we are down to the Democratic led Harry Reid bill as well as the Republican led John Boehner bill. Things didn’t go according to plan however, as those pesky Tea Party freshman were hell bent on standing by one thing, cutting all spending. We all know in out country that we need to curb spending, the issue is what to cut. We also know that in order to pay for the spending we deem necessary, you need revenue to pay for it. The Tea Party Republicans are lost on reality, and are stuck in a hamster wheel searching for the phantom spending cuts they desire. The Republicans and their Tea Party members have tunnel vision, and the light they see is nothing but cuts. The idea that we can cut funding from the most important programs in our country like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is almost delusional. Those programs need some reform, but the reform they need is to make them stronger, not weaker.
John Boehner, the once popular overly tan Speaker of the House, has lost his new friends. The Tea Party decided to take their ball and go home tonight and left their leader on the court alone. Unable to gain the 216 votes needed to pass the bill, the house decided to postpone the vote. The freshman Republicans saw John Boehner’s bill that gives this country zero revenue, cuts almost a trillion dollars in spending, and hurts the most vulnerable in our society, and decided it wasn’t conservative enough. The old time Republicans like Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John McCain and other like them know a good deal when they see one. The deal President Obama offered them, 4 trillion in cuts, including cuts to the sacred programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid was a deal the veteran Republicans knew was too good to be true. With a Democrat in the White House, having a deal offering up the sacred cows of the Democratic party is something that the Republicans knew they had to jump on. Once again however, the freshman Tea Party members have shown their ignorance and lack of experience in the game of politics. Stuck on their ideology of only cutting spending, they have failed to see the big picture and have left their lonely leader out in the cold.