That horrid Plan B. will be passed tonight in the House. This may surprise you, since it is the plan offered by House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, six months ago. Harry Reid and President Obama, in the truest spirit of bipartisan compromise, have declared that the plan that they themselves authored six months ago is no longer to be considered a serious offer and does not shift left far enough for them. Leading me to my question, what Universe is this, Vanilla Sky?
Here’s the good news, for those of you waiting for a House which shows some, any evidence of possessing a conservative voice emanating from a man who does indeed have both testicles still attached to his person, what we have been suffering through in the past few weeks since the November election has been that crappy biannual event known as the Lame Duck Session. Those Congress Critters recently voted out are still there, and the new members just elected for the first time are not.
Much of what we have been mad about during the last couple of weeks has more to do with events about to unfold than the current circumstance of the feared, “fiscal cliff.” Boehner’s maneuver to remove the conservatives in his caucus from important committee positions, the threats and promises to watch voting patterns to detect heresy within Republican ranks, and even the 11th hour passage of this massive attempt to surrender each and every principle upon which the GOP has claimed to stand upon for the past, well forever, is nothing more than fear of what will happen to his tenuous grip on power come January 1, 2013.
In November, Republicans lost 10 seats. Of those 10 seats, two were conservative members, and the other 8 came from the Boehner wing of the House Caucus. What this means is, John Boehner will have a weakened hold on a smaller majority, not exactly the stuff of dreams for someone who wishes to inflict his will upon others. That’s why the committee assignments and such had to be decided in this session, rather than in the next. The Tea Party Caucus will, as of January 1st, be a larger percentage of a smaller majority, and their support will be necessary for John Boehner to pass a piece of legislation giving him permission to use the rest room.
Two things will be at play here. One, the only chance he has at keeping his grip on power is through control of the committees. The other thing at play is his knowledge that if this deal does not go through now, he’ll never be able to get it passed come January, not without Tea Party support. If this piece of crap legislation passes prior to January 1, he knows that the next Congress will bear the electoral consequences for it, just like that crap Lame Duck nonsense that occurred in 2010. The problem of course is that this issue will still be waiting for us when the Lame Duck is gone. Unfortunately for Speaker Boehner, January will not bring a case of national amnesia with respect to the budgetary battle still raging.
The bottom line is this for me, with Harry Reid and Barack Obama promising to nix the current deal, I find that to be good news. I expect to see the new Congress treat the whole thing a little differently come January. I’m still holding out hope for actual cuts in spending, (which is the same thing as our taxes paid.) In 11 days, John Boehner will have the unenviable position of needing those conservatives that he just screwed, and something tells me that they will be smart enough to make him pay for what he’s attempted to do. The Republicans in the House do have some power, and more to the point, they control the strings to the purse. Not a penny gets spent on anything without the House’s say so. It’s time to draw those strings shut, and that’ll put an end to the Obama destruction of the nation pretty darned quick.
Update: The vote on Plan B has been called off.