A couple of quick items, here, before life’s demands take me away from the keyboard this morning. First, Thomas Sowell succinctly and correctly articulates something I’ve been saying to anyone who’s been actually willing to discuss the matter but he says it better.
There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.
This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.
As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.
Quite correct. The House has voted to spend the money necessary for all of the federal government’s activities except Obamacare and on the basis of that demand, the Democrats have refused to accept it. It it they who have shut down the government and it is they who need to start doing their job. Secondly, Hugh Hewitt has put together a wonderful post wherein he puts up the 10-point, 5-minute conversation that every member of the GOP should be having with anyone from the media who will deign to listen. Those points:
1. Article One of the Constitution makes the Congress a separate-but-equal branch with the president. The president is not a king and cannot dictate terms. The House, especially, is the People’s House, elected most often to most closely represent the views of the people.
2. We understand the president has had a horrible year, that he lost his big battles with Congress and lost a lot of face and self-confidence in the surrender to Syria and Russia, and we understand he is desperate for a win.
3. Acting like a schoolyard bully who got beat up and then looks for someone to pick on will not work with a separate but equal branch of government.
4. We have long known the president lacks basic skills when it comes to negotiating, but we aren’t going to negotiate away our Article One duties and authority because the president is throwing a childish fit because Vladimir Putin embarrassed him.
5. We know most of the MSM is with the president and protecting his childishness from full scrutiny. We know they are doing the same for Harry Reid, though Senator Reid’s infortunate melt-down with Dana Bash showed that not even the MSM can fully protect Senator Reid all the time. We believe the public already knows or will soon learn the score, and that we don’t need the Manhattan-Beltway media elite to cheerlead for us since we have the Constitution on our side.
6. The real situation is this: The Republicans want the NIH opened to sick children and everyone served by it. We want the VA open to take care of veterans. We want the national parks and memorials open to everyone. We are appalled that the president has deemed the cemetery at Normandy non-essential. The last resting place of the men who saved Europe was essential in ’44 and it is essential now. Recall Tom Hank’s Captain John Miller’s last words in that movie "Earn this"? Well, we won’t be earning it if we surrender the Article One powers given us because the president demands we do, because he is throwing a fit, because he won’t negotiate.
7. There are lots of solutions and combinations of solutions here, and we have often seen the Legislative and the Executive branches sit down at such moments and craft such solutions. Never before has a president said he would not negotiate with a separate but equal branch of government. The Speaker is the single man representing the People’s House, and the president should be working with him, not taunting him in public; should be trying to offer solutions, not further dividing an already divided country.
8. So, again, we want to be crystal clear: The House is going to keep sending over to the Senate bills as particular needs arise to fix those needs, and Leader McConnell will keep trying to bring those solutions up for a vote. We think Harry Reid should take them up and ease the pain on Americans. We think the cemetery at Normandy should be open, just like the World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial and especially the Lincoln Memorial should be open. We think the NIH and CDC should be functioning, and FEMA as hurrican season approaches. And we think we need to take serious steps to reform entitlements, repeal the widely recognized and disastrous Medical Device Tax, and treat Members of Congress an their staffs and members of the White House staff just the same as every other American by either bringing them under Obamacare or delaying the individual mandate one year. That is all on the table. Perhaps the president has other ideas though his only argument has been my way or the highway, the rule of one, the prerogatives of a king.
9. We don’t do kings, Mr. President. Certainly not a year after a close election, a close election in which your opponent got 60 million votes and in which the People’s House remained firmly in Republican hands. The country votd for divided government, for negotiations, for shared responsibility, not for you to dictate terms.
10. There will be no "clean CR" and a "straight debt limit hike." Period. That’s what the president is demanding and that won’t happen. The president is trying to scare markets and they should be scared because if he truly intends to bring about economic panic he is doing a fine job by demanding that the House abdicate its Constitutional role. We won’t do that. The Constitution is more important than the CR, or the debt limit. The president is trying to reshape the Constitution at this moment of economic peril, using the media as his hammer, and threats and bullying as his saws. But it won’t happen. And if the president does not change his rhetoric and his approach, the crisis that follows will be 100% on his head, and the American people will know it, and history will record it.
Absolutely. Each and every time, Republicans, each and every time. More on this later as I get more time.