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Congressional Budget Betrayals
The "Ryan / Murray" Compromise and the House Republican Sellout
What is Really being Compromised Here and Why ?


By Scott Rohter, December 2013

"Relinquishing a bird in the hand in return for the promise of another one off in the bush and sometime
down the road is just bad political strategy, and it was also bad for the country"
- Scott Rohter

Meet the principal members of the team. The House Republican Sellout Team... The Paul Ryan / Patty Murray Budget Compromise Act of 2013 was just announced a couple of days ago, and before anyone could even shake their fist, read the Bill, or prepare to block it, the Bill was ram-rodded through the House of Representatives by John Boehner, the leader of the team. It became House Joint Resolution 59 and the subject of roll call vote number 640 the very next day. That vote was held only one day after most political observers heard that there even was a bipartisan budget bill to debate. Did I say debate? Excuse me. What debate? There really wasn't any debate. What is the big hurry boys, and what is actually being compromised here. The Ryan / Murray Bill removes the only effective tool we actually have in place to make sure that the government really does cut spending. That tool is the Sequester, and such an important Bill is worthy of a serious debate. The only thing I see being compromised here are conservative Republican principles!

Promises... promises... and more promises. The "Ryan / Murray" Bill totally eliminates those automatic across the board spending cuts, and replaces them with mere token promises to make other targeted cuts sometime over the next ten years. That’s like believing in an alcoholic’s promise to stop drinking. What targeted cuts? Why do we have to wait? Why over the next ten years? A lot can happen in ten years. Targeted cuts by whom and at whom? Isn’t this like kicking the can down the road again? That's something Washington politicians are very good at doing.

The vote on the Ryan / Murray Bill in the House of Representatives was a blow-out. It was 332 to 94. Only 62 of those NO votes were actual Republicans who did not capitulate. That tells you just how few good people are left on Capitol Hill. This latest Republican sellout is a horrible betrayal of conservative fiscal principles by the House Republican leadership. To give up a bird in hand for two in the bush is just plain bad political strategy. And it isn’t even really two in the bush. It is really only the promise of another one in the bush sometime down the road if and when they ever get around to giving it to us. We are giving up something and getting absolutely nothing in return. We are giving up every bit as much as we are hoping to receive sometime down the road in the future if and when those targeted cuts ever come to fruition which they won't, and if we can count on the idle promises of profligate spending politicians in Washington. I wouldn’t have made this deal and Paul Ryan shouldn’t have made it either.

John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, along with Paul Ryan are the joint architects of this Ryan / Murray Budget Betrayal. John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy are the senior members of the House Republican leadership team. Next the Bill goes to the Senate where Mitch McConnell presides over the Republican Sellout Team. To remove the automatic spending cuts which were actually working and replace them with more idle promises from profligate Washington politicians that they will trim government spending sometime down the road in the foreseeable future is not an I.O.U. that I would have taken. It's a bargain that I wouldn't have struck. This is just another in a long line of Republican sellouts orchestrated by John Boehner and his corrupt gang of RINO cronies. Meanwhile he is attacking the Tea Party for standing strong on conservative fiscal principles.

It appears like the real gist of the matter… the actual driving force behind the Ryan / Murray Budget Bill is to remove the real cuts in government spending that were instituted by the Sequester and to prevent another government shutdown. Apparently Boehner and his gang of spineless cronies believe that the real threat to America is not coming from the 90 trillion dollars of unfunded liabilities, or the 18 trillion dollars worth of National Debt that we now owe, but rather it is coming from the dreaded Mainstream Media news coverage of another government shutdown.

Someone at the R.N.C. should order three pairs of knee braces for the courageous House Republican Leadership team. And while they are at it they should also order a fourth pair for Mitch McConnel, the "brave heart" leader of the Republicans in the Senate. The last government shutdown only laid off a small percentage of non-essential government employees. It was about 18% of the total government workforce as I recall. If we can’t start cutting the deficit spending in Washington by permanently laying off non-essential government employees than where can we cut ?


"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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