So, I was grocery shopping last night with my wife when my phone rang. As I generally do (probably a mistake), I didn’t bother to check the number before answering. It was the RNC, which calls me at least once a month because they know I am a sucker with a credit card.
I don’t know who the guy on the other end of the phone was, neither did I realize just how angry I was over Paul Rino’s budget, but I lit into the poor guy right there in the condiment aisle.
It’s funny how sometimes people are talking on their cell phones and, lost in the passion of the dialogue, forget that they are in public. The rest of the world is simply zoned out like they are alone in the middle of the Sahara Desert and no one else can hear. I’m sure many people heard me.
By the end of the conversation, the poor guy on the other end of the phone was apologizing for Paul Rino’s budget and the way the GOP has abandoned President Trump and the Republican Party’s once-conservative principles. He also explained that I was not the only angry person he had spoken to last night. He didn’t bother asking for money. He knew better. But he did ask if I thought there was a chance that I (my wallet) would ever come back to the RNC.
I explained to him very clearly my position on that. I used to always give money to the RNC when they asked for it. During the 2016 presidential campaign I stopped, for the simple reason that the RNC appeared more interested in NOT supporting candidate Trump than supporting him. Candidate Trump dragged the RNC, kicking and screaming, to victory in November. I am still pissed about that. All the RNC had to do was support their candidate and enjoy the glorious ride to the White House. Instead, they offered candidate Trump tacit luke warm support, and only because they were forced to by Trump’s massive grass roots support and the support of the right wing blogosphere, including Powdered Wig. It was then that I recognized the incredible challenge that lay before President Trump, with both stale establishment parties and the fake news mainstream media playing adversary, President Trump’s job was going to be a tough one. And, so it is.
If this budget passes the House with the help of the duplicitous Rinos, which frankly I do not expect considering the public outrage, I believe President Trump will veto it. I certainly hope so. This is exactly the kind of fight I knew he would be in for and it is the reason I voted for him. He loves to fight and he is good at it.
This will all be much easier when Paul Rino is removed from the Speaker’s chair, which MUST happen if anything is to be accomplished that We the People who elected President Trump is to be accomplished. Dust Newt off and bring him out of retirement. He will git ‘er done!
From the Washington Examiner
Conservatives are blasting the five-month, fiscal 2017 spending deal written by Republicans and Democrats as nothing short of a “cave in” by the GOP despite its control of both the House, Senate and White House.
The deal, conservatives say, will make the fiscal 2018 spending process even more difficult.
The $1 trillion bill “does little more than kowtow to liberal Democrats and so-called moderate’ Republicans,” Jason Pye, policy director for the conservative FreedomWorks advocacy group, said Monday.
Republican leaders pointed to the GOP wins in the bill, including a $15 billion increase in defense spending that did not require the typical equal increase in domestic spending.
“We have boosted resources for our defense needs without corresponding increases in non-defense spending, as Democrats had insisted upon for years,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., touted.
The bill also includes an unprecedented $1.5 billion for border security, although none of it can be used for a wall or to increase deportations of those who have already crossed the border.
But despite those Republican gains, a GOP aide who has spoken to conservative GOP lawmakers said most view the bill “as a complete concession to Democrats and that it is more or less what we have seen in the past — that they are making the decision to pass it with Democrats rather than Republicans.”
Conservatives had hoped a GOP-controlled Congress and White House would finally result in spending reform and policy changes they were forced to abandon while President Obama was in the White House and Democrats controlled the Senate.
In past years, conservative lawmakers have voted against spending bills because they believe the cuts are not substantial enough or because the legislation does not include key conservative provisions.
The fiscal 2017 spending plan looks a lot like past spending legislation. It leaves out many top conservative priorities as well as President Trump’s requests.
As examples, it does not strip out taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, a women’s health and abortion provider. The legislation excludes language that would withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities, another conservative priority.
It does not include a penny for the southern border wall that was at the center of Trump’s campaign agenda, despite a request from Trump to include the funding. The legislation also leaves in place Obama-era financial reform language the GOP has long criticized as burdensome.
Pro-life groups were particularly frustrated, even though House Speaker Paul Ryan signaled earlier this year he would include language defunding Planned Parenthood into the GOP’s health care bill.
“The Republican Party is the only party with an anti-abortion platform and whose candidates ran specifically on the promise to defund Planned Parenthood, yet, here we are, watching them pass a bill that funds Planned Parenthood even though they control the House, Senate, and White House,” said Kristina Hernandez, president of Students for Life of America, which describes itself as the nation’s largest pro-life youth group.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said his group has not taken a formal position on the bill, but he is fielding angry feedback from constituents.
“What I’m hearing from a lot of my constituents is, we gave you the White House, we gave you the Senate, we gave you the House,” Meadows said. “Why does this spending package appear to be driven by more of a left-leaning agenda than a conservative-leaning agenda?”