Democrats Finally Embrace Unilateralism

House Republicans reportedly shut out of reconciliation conferences

Human Events is reporting that congressional Republicans are being actively shut out of the conference negotiations which will decide the size and scope of the economic recovery package which, just yesterday, passed the Senate. So much for bipartisanship. So much for a new, transparent Washington. So much for “Change We Can Believe In.”

This is a far cry from Barack Obama’s own promises which, articulated on his Change.gov Web site (dedicated to maintaining the post-election afterglow while he languished as president-elect), ensured that sunshine would rule the day in Barack Obama’s Washington:


End the Practice of Writing Legislation Behind Closed Doors: As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people’s trust in their government by making government more open and transparent. Obama will work to reform congressional rules to require all legislative sessions, including committee mark-ups and conference committees, to be conducted in public. By making these practices public, the American people will be able to hold their leaders accountable for wasteful spending and lawmakers won’t be able to slip favors for lobbyists into bills at the last minute.

As the Democrats meet behind closed doors–other than a token moment for news cameras, of course–to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the so-called “stimulus” package, expect the tax relief the Republicans pushed for in the Senate version to miraculously evaporate. Every measure intended to lessen the tax burden on the American middle class will be in jeopardy, just like every effort to rein in spending by Republicans will be out the window.

Here, the foxes are not only guarding the henhouse, but those foxes are guarding the henhouse in complete darkness . . . and haven’t eaten in 14 years. Just as sunlight and loving care grows tomatoes in a greenhouse, darkness and petty partisan game-playing breeds pork in the back rooms of Capitol Hill. As the Democrats have not exactly shown restraint with regard to including earmarks and pet projects when the resurgent Republicans and the world is watching, I shudder to think what will happen when the doors are closed, the scrutiny gone, and some of the worst tax-and-spend liberals America has ever seen are charged with extracting redundancy, reconciling and otherwise boiling down 1,500 pages of government-expanding legislation.

“I think the American people deserve to know,” Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, House Republican Conference Chairman, told Human Events, “that legislation that would comprise an amount equal to the entire discretionary budget of the United States of America is being crafted without a single House Republican in the room.”



Georgia Congressman and Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price
outside Speaker Pelosi’s office

While the final price tag on the bill could be deceptively low due to the eradication of tax relief measures, I worry about the spendthrift nature of the Democrats in charge. With the sunlight showing, with the scrutiny of the mainstream and alternative media, these Democrats have seen fit to not only include but also defend such measures as . . .

  • $650 million for digital television converter box coupons
  • $300 million for electric quasi-golf carts
  • $1 billion for Amtrak, which hasn’t been profitable in half a century
  • $400 million for global warming research
  • $2.2 billion for carbon capture research
  • $75 million for smoking cessation programs
  • $335 million for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
  • $20 billion to hasten depreciation and write-off for equipment
  • $209 million for work on deferred maintenance at Agricultural Research Service facilities
  • $245 million for maintaining and modernizing the IT system of the Farm Service Agency
  • $1 billion for “Periodic Censuses and Programs”
  • $140 million for “climate data modeling”
  • $600 million to buy and lease government plug-in and alternative fuel vehicles
  • $1.2 billion in grants to states for youth summer jobs programs and other activities
  • $600 million for “preparations” for socialized medicine
  • $6 billion for energy efficiency projects on government buildings

. . . none of which would provide any sort of noticeable job creation or spurn any kind of marked economic growth. And this is only a small percentage of the contents of the two spending bills. What in the world can we expect from Democrats unencumbered by the glow of media scrutiny and that irritating, bothersome pesky thing known as public opinion?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve said it time and time again — no country, or person or company for that matter, can spend its way out of debt and economic crisis. It was tried in 1930s America, when the concern was low wages and low prices, and it got us seven more years of the Great Depression. It was tried in 1990s Japan, where the Japanese spent more, relatively speaking, than we are and it got them the “Lost Decade.” It won’t work.

Worse yet, even if we were to suspend disbelief and assume that spending our way out of debt, will work, that there will not be adverse consequences to devaluing our currency and becoming further beholden to China and other nations, the only kind of spending which could theoretically work would be stimulative spending, spending which creates jobs now and fosters economic growth down the road. None of the aforementioned items do that. None. The Democrats are not only going about things the wrong way, they’re going about things the wrong way — IN the wrong way.

This bill is already a nightmare, the manifestation of fourteen years of scheming rooted in bitterness. By this time next week, however, I fear that the legislation we’ve come to know and love during the voting process in the House and Senate will be nothing compared with the unchecked government intervention, unbridled government spending, and unapologetic disdain for capitalism contained in the final product which reaches President Obama’s desk completely devoid of Republican input — and the day this legislation gets signed will, I fear, go down among the worst days in American history.

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  1. Lisa says:

    They’ve already come to a “compromise” and we are all the big losers in this. I’m sick to my stomach I really am. How they can shove this down the American’s throat so quickly is beyond me. Less than 24 hours after this ghastly thing got passed in the senate they have thier so called compromise and it will be voted on most likely tomorrow. God knows they can’t take any time to actually debate this or think about it… otherwise they might not be able to take their vacation next week. God forbid that they might miss vacation in the best interest of the American people.

    We are in big trouble people.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Seems like the spending for the entire year is in this “stimulus package.”

    So, will these idiots in D.C. go home and not take wages for the next 10 months? We’d all be better off!
    .

  3. CAL says:

    This is a joke. They know the public is against this by over 50 percent. They aren’t even afraid of the repercussions at the ballot box. Democrats know they can further entrench themselves in power by rigging the system with the census and by growing the size and scope of government getting more people reliant on it. I heard on Glenn Beck’s show on Fox that the democrats are thinking about giving DC two senators. This would really do us in. There would be absolutely no check on the democrats’ power.

  4. EMPIRICUM says:

    Remember what Dick Cheney told then Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill about the budget deficit?

    Nowadays, nobody talks and worries about the deficit anymore. It isn’t their debt anyway. It’s our great grandchildren’s debt.

  5. ~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ says:

    My head hurts and I’m literally stressed out by reading this. I bet that stupid healthcare provision hasn’t been removed either. So much for a unanimous decision (in the house) to give the republicans 48 hours to review the bill. I’ve sent emails to all relevant parties. Seems no one is listening. Sigh.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The way they are getting away with it is through propaganda. There is a TV ad saying 80% of Americans want this Spendendulus Bill passed. That is a lie. Maybe 80% want something done but it is not this. We the people better start acting and demand our government back to us!!! I believe we need to boycott paying taxes if we can. Many of us will not be paying taxes because we are broke. The rich will be taking care of us!! I can hardly wait to move into one of Oprah’s mansions!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Our government has abandoned us. Do we not deserve representation to be present during these decisions? The republicans could not have stopped it anyway.

    I see no sunshine, just a very dark storm coming.

  8. Anonymous says:

    My representative, Mike Turner, ran a PSA 5 times today bemoaning the fact that after voting NO for the Pork ‘n Payback bill initially, oh, my, um… gee whiz, he thinks he should vote for it now because of er, uh, uhh, you know–jobs and all that.

    I will be working to insure votes have consequences.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid, etc.. have openly proved that they have taken over the country and the people no longer have a voice. They have no intention of considering the people.

    The are many democrat citizens that were against this bill. The government gang does not care about their people either.

  10. MIDDLE CLASS GUY says:

    The problem is that when it got down to the nitty gritty and voting time there were only 37 patriots in the U.S. Senate. That is a sad state of affairs.

    On a postive side I saw a poll yesterday that showed that Republicnas were within one percentage point of being even with the Socialists for the 2010 congresssioanl races. That is a huge shift since the debate over the Socialist Spendorama begin. More and more people were getting the message as the did in 1994. Then comes the traitor trio. I would like to see them thrown out of the Republican caucus. If they are going to vote with the Socialists then let them wear the label they deserve.

    Thanks, Ken

  11. Anonymous says:

    Lol, “Human events”, nice source there, buddy.

    Some of those programs might be liberal in nature but hey we are in office now. Enough with the extremist-right-wing policies of torture and job loss. Republicans can’t handle economy with the exception of Reagan.

    And as for the ‘bipartisanship’, we all know there’s no such thing. Democrats are in, Reps are out. Democrats were out 5 years ago and reps were in.(Thanks for screwing up) That’s how it works. (and we as in dems didn’t get ANY negotiations or dinners with the president or even a bone our way)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous said: “The are many democrat citizens that were against this bill. The government gang does not care about their people either.”

    You should do your research if you want to talk about “citizens only”, majority (52%) do support the bill, and minority (37%) oppose it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    how is behind all this coupe???, what role do china, russia, iran and venezuela play in this game?

  14. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Anonymous said…

    Lol, “Human events”, nice source there, buddy.

    I’m sorry, I should have mentioned that I’ve spoken with representatives from Sen. Jim DeMint’s office who confirmed that Republicans were indeed shut out.

    Sorry to disappoint there, chief.

  15. Anonymous says:

    House and Senate members met behind closed doors today to agree on the particulars pertaining to reconciling their two separate Pork & Socialism bills (as opposed to pork & beans, I suppose). Apparently, no republicans were allowed in. The $789,000,000,000 "compromise" is just what you would expect. Much of the tax cuts for individuals and businesses are said to have been cut out.

    Other than that, I had a pretty good day.

    JV

  16. GuessWhat says:

    What have we got left when some of our own Repub Senators turn traitors against the Repub citizens who begged those Senators NOT to vote for that stimulus bill!! Those Senators work for
    us, citizens of America, they DO NOT work for their own interest.
    But according to Obama, we will all end up working for Obama or else the Civilian National Security brown shirts will fine you.
    The Republican Party will need to get on the ball and take over the congress and get us out of this take over.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Rasmussen reports 37% support the “stimulus”

    Gallop reports 59% support it.

    Someone is wrong.

    TJ

  18. sharon says:

    Gallop is wrong…. I wonder how the three socialist republicans feel now?

  19. Gail B says:

    So the “bipartisan-minded” guys shut the Republicans out–not even one of our three outcasts made it to the bargaining table behind closed doors. Hmmm. And whose tax money are they looking for to fund this? It smacks of TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION to me, but what do I know?

    My head hurts. My shoulders hurt. And, the liberals are a pain somewhere else.

  20. Gail B says:

    Sorry, Jeff–Wasn’t thinking. Nice job on your writeup, and we appreciate everything you are doing for us (and for Bucky).

  21. Anonymous says:

    GuessWhat said… "… according to Obama, we will all end up working for Obama or else the Civilian National Security brown shirts will fine you."… February 11, 2009 7:45 PM

    Smoking Gun: Democrat Insider Says "Obama Has Secret Plan to Fund a Patronage System" (3:35)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGafMHsV4Ug&eurl=http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaLatest.htm

    "I was told by democratic officials in that meeting, that we were going to get billions of dollars that was gonna come down the pike our way, and we're gonna build an army (bigger than the US army) of democratic patronage jobs, that is going to completely freeze off the republicans for ever and ever"

    2/6/09 – This was a live caller to the Savage Nation – Michael Savage, Host
    (Whether you like Savage or not, this caller is worth listening to) – 3 1/2 minutes.

    I picked this up from – http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaLatest.htm – today. By the way Jeff, there's a great Michael Ramirez cartoon posted there, or – ( http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IMAGES/CARTOONS/toon021109.gif ).

  22. Bodenzee says:

    The events of the past week drive home how important it is to continue to attempt to have this nation abide by the Constitution. This “stimulus” legislation is meaningless, absent a legitimate President.

    Additionally, those of us unrepresented in Maine by Snowe & Collins need all the help we can get to replace them with real Republicans. Collins was re-elected last year, but Snowe stands for re-election in 2010.

    Key is to also elect a Republican governor in November 2010 and to beak the control of the state House and Senate which the Democrats have had since 1975 and 1981, respectively. Many of these state seats are determined by margins of less than 100 votes!

    In my view the Democrats here blatantly buy votes with public funds. We are close to the tipping point where more than 50% receive and fewer than 50% contribute. It's possible from a practical standpoint that we have passed that point.

  23. PSYDOG says:

    This whole mess scares the hell out of me. What kind of train wreck is this country headed for? Will this lead to civil unrest when we are no longer the most powerful nation on the earth? I fear this is going to cause a global crisis that will end up with very dire consequences for our nation.

  24. Kris says:

    So now that the public knows that this big hulk of a spending bill is on its way there are some really big expectations out there by the Obots. Just take for example the shameful adoration of their “messiah” in the Florida town meeting – wanting more benefits for working at MacDonald’s, and begging for new houses and kitchens, etc. When the real job loss numbers keep rising in spite of this package, all hell will break loose – esp. against the local bureaucracies that will ineptly handle all that filthy lucre! They better get all those shovels really ready to get to diggin right away.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Well, look at it this way. If this plan falls really flat, ob won’t get reelected. If it works, creates jobs, doesn’t hurt long term, then he’s in for another term. Ob said it in his own words, that you can hold him accountable.

    If this plan really hurts, Democrats won’t stay in majority for long either. But that is wishful thinking; it will work.

  26. Anonymous says:

    In the 18th Century the phrase was “Stand and Deliver”. The updated version, from the streets of Chicago is “Give me the money, honey”.

    Just amazing that so many folks didn’t see this coming.

  27. Seeks Truth says:

    Please consider contacting your senators and reps whether Republican or Democrat and ask:

    1. Did you know about the socialized medicine aspects to this bill? When did you know? Did you know before 2/9 when the rest of us found out via a private citizen? If you knew, why did you think it not important to inform your constituents?

    2.Did you not know? Why not? Do you think this is acceptable? What are you going to do to remedy this problem for the future?

    When I called my senators, I was told they all have a team of staffers who comb thru these bills for them. They are divided into areas of expertise. So here is my question: if every congressman has a team of staffers, you mean to tell me that NO ONE saw this.

    Now lets just isolate this to the Republicans for now. We’ll assume that the Dems had their motivations for not telling us about socialized medicine, but what about the Republicans????

    I appreciate their banding together BUT that isn’t sufficient to let them off the hook. Why is it that not one of them found this and reported it to us? Either someone knew and thought it unimportant to share with the public? (Meaning they are EVIL and only pretending to work for us on the surface.) Or no one knew despite their combined teams of staffers? (Meaning they really are INCOMPETENT.) Neither of these options is satisfactory to my way of thinking. The system is broken and must be fixed.

    With the flurry of activity they are getting, no one is actually reading the letters we send, much less responding. So if you want this to get attention you will need to drive to your local offices. Be patient. Tell them you will be willing to wait all day for them to make the necessary calls and don’t leave until you get satisfactory answers or until you get names and dates for answers to your questions. Have it in writing too. Also take a video camera with you to tape the responses. If no one is in the office, call the media and tell them you have no access to your reps.

    Remember they are working for you. We must keep the heat high for Republicans and Democrats alike. I’m not at all convinced that anyone is working for me anymore. I have an enormous amount invested in this lunacy (taxes). I would never invest in a private firm that was run this way. I’ve lost all confidence. They act like they are playing a game of Battleship rather than running a country!

  28. CrystalD says:

    Pray, if any of the SCOTUS justices get replaced it will be “good bye” Constitution too.

    The Tree of Liberty needs to be watered.

  29. Anonymous says:

    post in WE PEOPLE USA

    MARCH ON WASHINGTON DC , may 30
    for preserving our constitution….etc.

  30. Tigress says:

    Don’t forget–they also think we are smelly. (Reid)

    Sad, sad day :(

  31. Anonymous says:

    The Constitution of the United States, delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes whatsoever.
    Maybe the states will complete the resolutions of independence being considered by 10+ states.

  32. Dee says:

    Don’t forget the $300 million to save an endangered Mouse, not Mickey or Minnie, in Pelosi’s home area.

  33. Let us move forward says:

    There are some things including the “stimulus bill” that need to be done, like inspect and repair bridges.

    The bill we know was pushed through and very little thought was given to how much to what. This should have gone into a budget.

    At least every member of congress should have read the bill. Are the bills read on the floor of the House and Senate? If not, let us try to convince a group of Senators to read the bill to the Senate and Everyone watch it done on the Internet.

  34. Let us move forward says:

    The health care information provision is scary. Every innovation can be used for good or evil. I am very concerned with privacy and varying treatment standards for different groups of people. If we can’t get rid of the system, there needs to be a personal control like a password that would be needed for someone to access your information identified with your name, address, social security number, etc. Doctors and insurance companies cannot now request your information without your permission. Some how we need to keep that safety provision and allow for the comparison of anonymous treatment results that will justify this system.

    Older folks will not be able to keep their information anonymous because the government is the insurer for Medicare. Most people go on Medicare at 65. If you take social security payments, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare after two years. People on Medicare are forbidden by law to carry any private medical insurance but can carry government approved supplemental insurance. I guess that you can still pay out of your own pocket if you have the resources.

    My parents are on Medicare and have trouble finding doctors. Most doctors don’t want the hassles and low payments of Medicare.

    Discrimination will be very easy with one ready source for all information. Imagine someone in control that hates old people or black people, or Catholics. Someone other that HHS secretary needs to be in charge because that position will be filled by a different individual with each administration. Maybe the FDA should handle it.

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