Tea Party Celebrating Budget Control Act? I say, NOT!
by Robert Gonzalez
August 8, 2011
Let’s see, Alan West and Debbie Wasserman Schultz both voted for it. Ron Paul and Barney Frank voted against it, Sheila Jackson Lee and Paul Ryan were “Aye’s” and Ted Poe and Maxine Waters were “Nay’s”.
I believe this qualifies as one of the strangest consortium of “Aye’s” and “Nay’s” I have ever encountered. Better yet, the remake of the Odd Couple, Oscar and Felix, living together once more albeit for the wrong reasons.
Let’s take a quick look at what has just occurred (S. 365 – Budget Control Act of 2011) and why the Tea Party is “so happy” as the pundits on all sides continue to echo.
The deal cuts spending $917B (their numbers) over the next 10 years, with the first two years “saving” a whopping $62B, never mind that the current spending rate has the US overspending by $4.55B everyday, meaning in a mere 14 days we will have eclipsed the “savings” proposed.
That should make us celebrate, huh? Oh did I tell you? The cuts begin in fiscal year 2013, now why would that be?
As Ron Paul rightly stated; “In fact, this bill will never balance the budget. Instead, it will add untold trillions of dollars to our deficit. This also assumes the cuts are real cuts and not the same old Washington smoke and mirrors game of spending less than originally projected so you can claim the difference as a ‘cut'”.
The framework imposes spending caps that would set clear limits. The failure to remain below these caps, trigger an automatic across-the-board cuts (“sequestration”); this is where it gets dicey. A so called “Super Committee”, a 12 member joint committee, chosen by leadership (6 from each House, 6 from each side of the aisle), will decide what cuts will be made. It’s time to “pop the corks” my friends because if they don’t come to an agreement (now why wouldn’t they?) by November 23, 2011, there will be automatic cuts imposed, equally split between defense and non-defense programs. Yes, $750B from defense, the House played poker and blinked; they turned over their cards and showed (gave) the Libs what they have been salivating over for decades, a smaller defense “bring out the Turkey”.
If they do agree, each chamber would consider the Joint Committee proposal on an up-or-down basis without any amendments by December 23, 2011.
One more Ron Paul quote; “By denying members the ability to offer amendments and only allowing an up-or-down vote that will take place in the hectic time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this Commission essentially disenfranchises the vast majority of members from meaningfully participating in the debate over reducing spending and balancing the budget. Furthermore, despite the claims of the bill’s proponents, there is nothing to stop the commission from recommending tax increases.”
By the way, don’t for one minute think that a tax increase will not be “on the table” when the “Super Committee” convenes; it will be interesting to see what “deals” come forth.
Tea Parties, put on your party hats the celebration is just getting started and we will be the joke of the party. But we do have the trump card (the people), we have a firm hold on the power cord attached to the jukebox; all we have to do is pull the cord and “party’s over!”
No, the Clear Lake Tea Party and all of the Tea Party leaders and members we have spoken with do not think this is a Tea Party victory. On the other hand, we understand that one way to enslave the people is to separate them from their wealth and with this, comes government dependence (Socialism). The deal just made has nothing to do with cutting government spending (regardless of who is telling you this); it has everything to do with more government.
The proverbial “can” has run out of road and has been accidentally kicked into the Boston Harbor, the 2012 elections; we have to stay the race if we intend to “Keep this Republic”.
Does anyone remember the animated movie “A Bug’s Life”? There’s a scene in this movie that is very telling. It goes like this; The Grasshopper’s (the bad guys) are all having a good time at a bar in a dusty town far from the ant colony (the workers), whom they have been controlling by demanding a large portion of the food they (the ants) collect each year. This is payment for the colony’s safety from menacing bugs (sound familiar). While discussing matters over a drink, one of the grasshoppers has the great idea that they should stay there and not go back to the colony (to collect).
Hopper, the leader, catches wind of their complacency and reminds them that “There was that ant, who stood up to me!” One grasshopper says, “It was just one ant”, then another chimes in, “Yeah! They’re puny”. Hopper then pulls a grain from a bin and says, “Let’s pretend this grain is a puny little ant” and throws it at each of them, the grasshoppers are not fazed; Hopper then says, “How about this” and pulls the plug from the bin and smothers both ill advised grasshoppers. All the other grasshoppers are watching in fear. Hopper finishes with this; “You let one ant stand up to us and then they all might stand up to us”…”Those puny little ants out number us 100 to 1, and if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life, it’s not about food it’s about keeping those ants in line.”
This is a movie that definitely qualifies as a “teachable moment”, as “someone” in the not so distant past coined the phrase. Get out the popcorn and sit down and watch it with children and grandchildren it is worth the watch. I lived this in Cuba and know first hand it can, and is, happening here in the greatest of all countries.
The colony of Tea Party Patriots are coming together and are demanding fiscal responsibility and sound Constitutional adherence before we lose our freedoms, our wealth and our way of life. Remember, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness comes from God, not from men. We call it an inalienable right!
I leave you with this, Tea Party Patriots; “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win!” Gandhi
Chairman, Clear Lake Tea Party