Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has been prominent in the news — here, here, and here, for example — in the past couple days for comments made regarding conservative groups with whom he disagrees about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
He was apparently not pleased that we released a statement about what our reaction to the budget deal may be if indeed it was comprised of the flawed policies that early reports were indicating it would be. And the early indications proved accurate.
“It looks like a hold-your-nose, vote-yes kind of vote for me. There are other things I don’t like, but the trade-off is, we do for the first time bite into sequestration,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) 10%.
This remark gets to the heart of the budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) N/A% and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 7%. Some lawmakers have been eager to undo sequestration, an imperfect but effective tool at cutting spending, and this budget deal is their opportunity.
Analysis: This week the House may consider two bills that would amend Dodd-Frank, the Retail Investor Protection Act and the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act. On October 30, conferees from the House and Senate will meet to begin conferencing the House and Senate farm bills.
Remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” interactive fiction stories from your childhood or your children’s childhood? The books took place in a variety of settings, and, as the name suggests, there were a variety of possible endings to the stories.
Well, imagine a Choose Your Own Adventure Farm Bill Edition! There is a variety of possible outcomes that could result from a farm bill conference between the House and Senate, but there’s a catch: all the outcomes of a conference will be bad, at least for some of the characters. The other catch is that this is real life, not fiction, so real people will be harmed.
Taxpayers and consumers will get the shaft, while wealthy farmers continue to feed at the farm bill trough.
Why is the picture necessarily so grim?
Articles in the National Journal, the Washington Examiner, and a poll released by Heritage Action in August all tell us something similar: Republicans will likely maintain their majority in the House of Representatives in the next election cycle. Current polling data, some quality political analysis, and a look at the last government shutdown all help lead to that conclusion.
It’s safe to say President Obama and Senate Democrats were banking on America blaming Republicans for a government shutdown and consequently taking a hit in the next election cycle. It appears their calculus was off by rather a lot, according to the National Journal:
A recent Bloomberg survey found that 40 percent blame the GOP for what’s wrong in Washington, while 38 percent blame the president and congressional Democrats. Back in February, Obama had a nine-point edge over Republicans and independents were evenly divided over who was responsible. Now, 42 percent of independents fault with Obama and his allies in Congress, while 34 percent blame Republicans on Capitol Hill.
The latest CNN poll found a similar trend, with the percentage who blame congressional Republicans for a government shutdown down five points and the percent who blame Obama up three points.
It’s beyond reason how the Left thinks it’s Republican’s fault that the government shut down, when Republicans passed several bills to fund the government but give Americans the same break from Obamacare being given to Mr. Obama’s cronies — especially when most Americans oppose Obamacare.