The Republican controlled House of Representative and then the Republican led Senate following suit last week passed an Omnibus Budget Bill that looks something like what Democrats and their lobbyists wrote. This is mind-numbing considering the fact that the Republican majority in the House consists of 246 members, while the Democrats have 188, yet they passed a bill chock full of Obama goodies such as funding for Planned Parenthood, Syrian refugees, 1.6 billion to resettle illegal immigrants and funding for the climate agreement in Paris. Equally the Republican dominated Senate which is made up of 54 GOP members and 44 Democrats fell in line and gave the President much of what he asked for.
Any citizen has to ask this simple question; if the GOP controls the House of Representatives, and all spending bills originate in the House, how does one like this containing so much pork and liberal provisions get written and presented on the floor in the first place? According to Representative Steve King, R-IA , “It was a bill that was put together by a handful of leaders and negotiators in the Senate and the House”. King went on to say that the bill was printed at 2:00 AM the morning of its submission and made available online to House members at 9:00 AM that same day. This bill was government at its worst and reminiscent of the Pelosi/Boehner style of leadership. You know the kind that says, ‘we have to pass the bill before we can find out what’s in the bill’. Representative King went on to describe the handling of the bill as, “The Rules Committee, generally at the direction of leadership, didn’t allow for any amendments let alone my amendments. We debated on the floor and there were no votes on any amendments including mine”. Do words like transparency, democracy and the people’s business come into mind? Me too.
It gets better. The GOP won large gains in Congress in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections. In 2010 the House GOP gained 64 seats bringing in a new majority of 242 to 193. The GOP won 6 seats in the Senate making gains on the Democrats allowing them only a 51-47 advantage. The mid-term voters spoke again with a roar in 2014 and increased the divide in favor of the GOP in the House and gave control of the Senate to the Republicans. Not only that, according to politifact.com since Obama took office in 2009 Democrats have lost a total of 910 seats across the Nation’s state legislative bodies and Republicans now hold 56% of the nation’s 7,383 legislative seats. In large part when anyone looks at the ‘blue-red’ political map through any lens, what you see is the blue, (Democrat) relegated to the northeast part of the country and the west coast, (with a few states like Minnesota, Michigan and New Mexico thrown in the mix). Otherwise, the rest of America is ‘red’, (Republican). So it’s settled that the GOP controls Congress and the purse strings.
So riddle me this; how does one reconcile these historic gains by the GOP under a failed Democrat President, who at every turn has chosen far-left ideological demagoguery, (that’s a big phrase for adhering to leftist and socialistic high ideals instead of pragmatic governing), continue to own the GOP like a housepet? There is little doubt with such examples as Obamacare, climate change, illegal immigration, and the onslaught of executive orders that challenge constitutionality, that this President has and is governing against the will of the people. And yet, that’s not all. Consider the President’s approval ratings; according to gallup.com the President hasn’t even cracked the 50% threshold on his job approval rating since April 29th, 2013. The average for presidential job approval since 1938 is 53%. Obama’s average job approval rating across the length of his presidency is 47%. If Obama worked in the private sector, he wouldn’t have made his second year of employment. In fact, many companies use a 5-point scale with terms such as ‘high performer’, ‘exceeds expectations’, ‘meets expectations’, ‘below expectations’, ‘does not meet expectations’, to grade the performance of their employees. In a nutshell, if an employee gets ‘below expectations’ in two successive performance appraisals, he or she is toast. Obama has virtually lived ‘below expectations’ for the lion share of his presidency, yet you still have the remarkable and unexplainable anomaly of the GOP living as the Obama doormat. It’s not as if the GOP has unwittingly been backed into a corner with Obama and the Democrats out-smarting them with the equivalency of a Bobby Fischer chess game. Obama has beaten the GOP, despite abject evidence to the contrary, and it comes down to this simple deduction; the GOP leadership exemplifies cowardice.
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was in Iowa at a campaign stop at Maintainer Custom Bodies in Rock Rapids and was asked about the Omnibus Bill proposed by the GOP. Huckabee stated, “the Republicans got one thing out of this bill; embarrassment. It’s an absolute outrage and for the Republicans to support something that causes celebration at Planned Parenthood, celebration among those who advocate bringing over Syrian refugees, that gives Obama’s green energy plans more funny money, it’s just an outrage”.
The GOP has some serious issues. It treats its voting base like Trisha treated Napoleon in the movie ‘Napoleon Dynamite’; she agreed to go to the school dance with him, but once they were there she dumped him for her popular friends. In the end however, it was Napoleon who danced a masterful political strategy and achieved a presidential victory for Pedro, leaving Trisha and her popular friends as outcast losers. Soon, the GOP may be without a dance partner, but don’t expect them to figure it out. Hey, the GOP leadership already has all the answers. Just ask them about Trump, Carson or Cruz.