Thorner/O’Neil: Budget bill just another DC Game of Bait and Switch

November 10, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O’Neil – 


We all should be concerned, actually outraged, about a secret deal reported to have been made between former House Speaker Boehner and President Obama. Recently,an executive with Eagle Forum met with his organization’s state leaders, a dozen members of the House and a Senator. Each Congress member complained about the deal and expressed their outrage.

`Their complaints centered around the procedure and a lack of information, among which were the following complaints:

  • “It (the deal)  just came out and no one really knows what’s in it.”
  • “Republican leadership wants it passed, but how can we vote on this massive deal if we haven’t even read it?”

The manner in which Congress members described the budget bill’s secret deal was not unlike what Nancy Pelosi told Congress March 9, 2010 about Obamacare:  “But you have to pass the Obamacare bill to find out what’s in it . . . .”   That caused many Republicans to be furious, but who ever thought the Republican leadership would allow Obama to persuade them to enact the same type of back room type deal?

It was obvious that John Boehner was asking Republicans to vote for a budget bill they did not yet understand and that would give President Obama unlimited authority to raise the debt. Is it any wonder why congressmen were infuriated?  The U.S. national debt jumped $339 billion on Monday, November 2, 2015, the same day President Obama signed into law the two-year budget legislation suspending the debt ceiling which allows the government to borrow as much as it wants above the $18.1 trillion debt ceiling that had been in place.

Dave Walker, who headed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, said that when you add up all of the nation’s unfunded liabilities, the national debt is more than three times the number generally advertised or about $65 trillion!

After further meetings with officials, it finally occurred to the Eagle Forum president what was about to happen. The House was preparing to execute another deception to the American people:  the old bait-and-switch vote.  Just after 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, Oct. 28, there was a vote on the floor of the House with all but 29 of the Republicans in the House voting to advance the “Rule” for the Boehner-Obama secret budget deal.

By passing this “rule,” Republicans who had not read the bill or even likely understood its details were putting Boehner, Pelosi and Obama in charge of our future.  If the Republicans had voted against this “rule,” there would have been no vote on the budget deal. However, just after 5 p.m. the House voted on the Boehner-Obama secret budget bill BEFORE voting against it. This enabled congressmen to go home and tell their constituents that they voted against a very bad bill.  But in reality they didn’t vote against the Boehner-Obama budget deal until after they voted for it.  This is not what constituents expect from their leaders.

The 1st vote of House members to move the Boehner-Obama Budget Deal was at 3:33 pm, Wed. Oct. 28th. You can learn how your member voted here:  Unfortunately, not one U.S. Illinois congressman voted to stop the bill!

The 2nd vote of the House to move the Boehner-Obama Budget Deal occurred at 5:21 pm, Wed. Oct. 28th.   Now, 167 Republicans voted to stop it, but it was too late!  You can find how your member voted here: 

This is the oldest political game in the book — token voting and token opposition. This is not the first time the Republicans in power used tactics that allowed Democrats to pass controversial bills. There is a growing number of people who now suspect many Republicans who claimed they were against Obamacare actually wanted it, which is why they supported Romney as their choice for the Republican presidential ticket. His health care insurance law known as Romneycare, which passed in MA in 2006, was their primary reason.

It is also suspected that specific Republicans allowed Al Franken to steal the 2008 election from Norm Coleman. Facts indicated fraud, but Republicans did little to demand further scrutiny and/or evidence of the fraud, thus their lack of demands allowed Franken to become the vote needed to get a filibuster proof vote of 60 .

Then Republicans permitted Obamacare to pass on Christmas Eve in 2009 when they could have easily stalled and waited until Scott Brown become the 41st vote to filibuster it.  Ultimately, Republicans, refused to defund Obamacare when a shutdown over Obamacare would have been a political winner.  This is clearly why Republican voters are eyeing non-establishment candidates for 2016; they are weary of their representatives ignoring their requests, using deceptive tactics, and voting with the opposition party on highly controversial legislation.

Other D.C. games that hide the agenda of many Republican leaders

1.  By voting for Paul Ryan to replace House Speaker Boehner, conservatives must now have 218 votes to initiate or object to any bill Ryan does not want.  Since Ryan has advocated open borders, what are the chances of enacting and passing conservative bills with which the speaker disagrees even if a Republican president should be elected?

2. By allowing Democrats to register the bad votes, Republican House moderates are spared the blame when unpopular bills are passed.  There should be a caucus rule that no bill reaches to the floor that doesn’t have majority Republican support. Any such bill, except with a discharge petition, would mean an automatic revote for a new Republican House Speaker by the Republican caucus.

3. By allowing one rule for Democrats but another rule for Republicans, Democrats were allowed to suspend the filibuster under Reid to get Obama’s bad judges through, but the Republicans didn’t turn the tables and end it under their rule this year. Republicans could force Obama to veto a lot of bad bills. In 2001 Bush’s tax cuts got through the Senate on budget reconciliation rules so Democrats couldn’t filibuster them. Are we going to do the same thing for President Cruz’ or President Trump’s tax plans? Maybe. But what about all the other legislation Democrats could filibuster, including judges and other presidential appointments?

Might Republicans suffer from ‘Stockholm Syndrome’?

This accusation from the Eagle Forum president is not lost on many frustrated conservatives:

“It is always a surprise when men and women of good will are dishonest.   We conservatives believe the truth matters and that men and women of good will are abiders of the truth. To be candid, I am not sure whether the lies we are being told are malicious or if the Republicans are in the throes of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and believe that what they are doing is somehow justified. But I am not sure it matters: America is on the brink and our congress is lying to us.”

The budget deal hammered out by Boehner with his fellow leaders in Congress and the White House, enraged the very members of his conference who edged Boehner out.  The Obama-Boehner deal would increase the $18.1 trillion debt limit by at least $1.5 trillion and add $80 billion in spending. Although the Boehner deal has been called his “parting gift”, whose gift is it?  While Paul Ryan blasted Boehner over the budget deal, the fact is, Ryan did vote for it.

For many, the 2016 election represents this nation’s last chance to right itself from the path it is has been traveling towards Socialism, a political system that has never succeeded wherever or wherever it has been enacted. This nation desperately needs a president who will wrest control from the establishment of both parties.  We need an entirely new Congress that will work with a conservative president and not use the parliamentary games described above to stop him.

Conservatives have the tools to fight back!

We applaud Kyle McCarter for taking on a “Republican” congressman (John Shimkus of the 15th Congressional District) who has been cynically playing the Washington game to fool his constituents.  Hopefully there will be others who will step forward to take on the rest of Illinois’ “Republican” delegation.

But even if no one steps forward, there is a good possibility of a third party springing up in the fall to register voter disgust.  Dissatisfied Illinois voters can safely vote third party without being accused of “electing a worse Democrat”, in light of U. S. Illinois congressmen like Peter Roskam (67.22%); Randy Hultgrin (65.6%); John Shimkus (75%); and Adam Kinzinger (70.7%) who won by large margins of voters in 2014.

It’s really not a mystery why this nation is failing and patriots are concerned.  Not only are some Republicans not adhering to their campaign promises, but Conservatives won’t use the tools they have to fight back.  If we don’t start now, it won’t be long before we will all be like Kim David, in jail because of the actions of liberal judges and bureaucrats flush with power and an unprecedented audacity never before seen in America until now.

It is time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.  Those of us who loved the America we once knew must not allow socialism to seep into the fabric that allowed us to become the greatest nation in the World.  Elections have consequences; make your vote an educated one and elect a strong, honest patriot who will not be influenced by anything other than what is best for America.


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