SENTINAL ACTION – Call your legislators!
RUSHBO – GOP sold; DINAN & BOYER – Deficit to new height; NEWELL – Ryan compromise; DRUDGE LINKS – Budget.
LEADS: CHAREN – Rubio vs. Cruz; NOONAN – Brawl/Blob; GLICK – GOP Foreign policy; KOLB – 100,000 Syrians; McCARTHY – Baltimore travesty.
END NOTES: Mark Levin (12/17/16)
“The Republicans are out there on every show and get cuffed about. They expose themselves to the scrum every day and take all comers. Mrs. Clinton considering interview requests is like a queen pointing at necklaces arrayed on a jeweler’s pillow: “I’ll take that one, not that one. I’ll think about that one.” “The Republicans are finally, fitfully fighting out real issues—ISIS, privacy. Mrs. Clinton is forced to fight no one, makes pronouncements and glides on.”
Sentinel Action, “’NO’ ON $1.1 TRILLION YEAR-END OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL”
“Call to Action: Please call your members of congress and urge them to vote “NO” on the Omnibus Spending Bill (Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016) A vote is expected on Friday.
Background: The bill should have been an opportunity for conservatives to reassert their prerogatives on a host of important issues, ranging from appropriate spending levels to substantive action on refugee resettlement, executive amnesty, Planned Parenthood, and many more.
“Unfortunately, the omnibus spending bill falls far short of achieving substantive policy victories on the issues Americans care about and spends $1.149 trillion of your tax payer dollars.
“The bill fails to achieve any victories on key national security issues including a more stringent vetting system of Syrian refugees.
“The bill fails to block President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty.
“The bill fails to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“The bill fails to spend within our means, disregarding 2011 budget caps put in place to protect our economy.
“Please contact your members and tell the “NO” on HR 2995 (the Omnibus Spending Bill)
“To Find Contact Information for your members, scripts and even suggested tweets, please visit the newly updated dashboard.
“For the Congressional Switch Board: Please dial (202) 224-3121
“Suggested Tweets: .@”Member Handle” Do You Support $1.149 trillion #omnibus deal? Vote “NO” on backroom deals. #haction
“.@”Member Handle” #Omnibus fails to end #ExecutiveAmnesty. Vote “NO” on #HR2995. Vote to defund #Haction
“.@”Member Handle” Omnibus continue to fund Planned Parenthood. Vote “NO” on #HR2995. #DefundPP #Haction
“To read more about the Omnibus deal check out official Heritage Action key vote – http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/no-on-1-1-trillion-year-end-omnibus-spending-bill/
Please reach out to me with any questions you may have. Keep up the fight!
Betsy Nelsen, Upper Northeast Regional Coordinator, Heritage Action (202) 251-8819; email@example.com; @nelsenelizabeth
BUDGET . . .
Rushbo: “GOP Sells America Down the River”
RUSH: The country was just sold down the river again by your very Republican Party.
I have a headline here from the Washington Times: “White House Declares Total Victory Over GOP in Budget Battle.” That headline’s a misnomer. There was never a battle. None of this was opposed. The Republican Party didn’t stand up to any of it, and the die has been cast for a long time on this. I know many of you are dispirited, depressed, angry, combination of all of that. But, folks, there was no other way this could go. Because two years ago when the Republican Party declared they would never do anything that would shut down the government and they would not impeach Obama, there were no obstacles in Obama’s way and there were no obstacles in the way of the Democrat Party. . .
“. . . Now, there’s also a factor that needs to be mentioned, too, and that is that many Republican donors want every bit of this money spent, and they have donated voluminously to key Republicans in order to get the money spent. So it’s not all Republican fears. It’s not all Republican caving. A lot of it is Republican fealty and loyalty to some of their donors. Some people today looking at this, and this is 2,009 pages. It’s said to be a spending bill. Among the things that it does, it fully funds Obamacare.
“It fully funds Planned Parenthood. That, to me, is unforgivable, with everything now known about what goes on behind closed doors at Planned Parenthood, and that the federal government, led by a Republican Party, sees fit to pay for it. It is beyond comprehension, and it is a total squandering of moral authority to fully fund the butchery at Planned Parenthood. This spending bill fully pays for Obama’s refugee plans, fully. This spending bill, this budget bill quadruples the number of visas Obama wants for foreign workers. This is even a slap at American union workers. Not the leaders. The union leaders seem to be in favor of it, but blue-collar people, known as working people, have been sold down the river along with everybody else here.
“This spending bill even fully pays for every dime asked for by Obama on all of this idiocy that’s tied up into climate change. Everything Obama wanted, everything he asked for, he got. You go down the list of things, it’s there.
“And this is causing some people to wonder if they just dreamed all that stuff about Boehner resigning. And then other people are wondering if they even dreamed all that stuff about the Republicans winning the largest number of seats they’ve had in Congress since the Civil War. We had two midterm elections in 2010 and 2014, which were landslide victories for the Republican Party. The Democrat Party lost over a thousand seats nationwide in just those two elections. People went to the polls in droves wanting exactly what was rubber-stamped last night (or what will be) stopped.
“And instead they showed up in record numbers and they it turned out and they just defeated Democrats down the ballot. In the process, they elected Republicans to stop this. And now the Republicans have the largest number of seats in the House they’ve had in Congress since the Civil War. And it hasn’t made any difference at all. It is as though Nancy Pelosi is still running the House and Harry Reid is still running the Senate. “Betrayed” is not even the word here. What has happened here is worse than betrayal. Betrayal is pretty bad, but it’s worse than that.
“This was out-and-out, in-our-face lying . . .”
Stephen Dinan & Dave Boyer, Washington Times: Budget deal increases federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars”
“Having reached a deal on a nearly $2 trillion deal to keep the government open, President Obama and congressional leaders tried to build support Wednesday for the massive bill, which hikes spending across government, thrilling Democrats, and extends a host of special interest tax breaks, exciting Republicans.
Racehorses and NASCAR racetracks, school teachers and college students, green energy companies and the big oil giants all made out well in the deal, reached overnight after weeks of negotiations. The chief loser, meanwhile, is the federal deficit, which grows by hundreds of billions of dollars under the terms of the tax deal.
Mr. Obama gloated over the agreement, saying he got nearly everything he wanted and gave up very little, only ceding ground in allowing two Obamacare taxes to be postponed and agreeing to lift the decades-old ban on exporting crude oil.
Republicans, meanwhile, said they were in too weak of a position to prevail over Mr. Obama on a giant list of grievances, including trying to reel in his expansive use of executive power, his new rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions and his plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. this year.
“We’ve played the cards we were dealt as best as we could,” newly minted House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, told reporters Wednesday morning in explaining why he wasn’t able to win any of those changes. . .”
Jim Newell, Slate: “The Paul Ryan Compromise”
“The new speaker’s first big deal is just like all of the ones that infuriated conservatives under Boehner.
“When Paul Ryan was handed the speaker’s gavel in late October, he pledged to restore normal order to the People’s House and eliminate the sort of backroom deals that rank-and-file members complain are shoved down their throats at the 11th hour. So, late Tuesday night, Ryan unveiled a few thousand pages of consequential tax, spending, and regulatory legislation costing roughly $2 trillion and gave Congress and the public two whole days to review everything.
“To be fair to Ryan, the buzzer-beating legislating has more to do with the workload and deadlines John Boehner left him than anything he did wrong. The agreement Ryan reached with fellow congressional negotiators also looks much like one Boehner would have reached: Each side scores some points, but Republican congressional majorities again will fail to deliver a high-profile, base-pumping, ideological victory over some nefarious aspect of the “Obama agenda” on which conservatives had drawn a red line. Will this land Ryan in the same hot water that eventually cooked Boehner? He’ll get a pass, for now.
“The two towering paper stacks are the 2016 omnibus appropriations package, which funds the government through next September, and a “tax-extenders” bill that, well, extends (and in many cases makes permanent) a bunch of tax breaks that were set to expire. Though they will be voted on separately, they were negotiated together. The omnibus is more favorable to Democrats, and the tax extenders are more favorable to Republicans.
“Considered as a whole, an overriding theme is that everyone gets a lot of money but neither side hammers home that big-ticket ideological victory. . .”
Budget: Drudge Links (12/17-18/15)
Congress’ half-trillion dollar spending binge… Increases deficit by hundreds of billions… MEETS OBAMA PRIORITIES… Funds ‘climate’ deal… Planned Parenthood PRAISES… Makes it ‘harder to repeal Obamacare’… ‘Cybersecurity’ bill hacked in… Conservatives give pass on deal they despise! SESSIONS: THIS is why voters in ‘open rebellion’… AMERICAN WORKER SOLD OUT…
LEADS . . .
Mona Charen, NRO: “Rubio vs. Cruz: The Fight for Conservatism”
“. . . Does this mean Donald Trump’s standing is illusory? No, his lead has remained steady for six months. But to believe that he will be the nominee you must believe that Republican voters from Iowa to Pennsylvania to California to Michigan will choose as their standard-bearer someone who has favored single-payer health care, racial preferences, a ban on “assault” weapons, drug legalization, abortion, and eminent domain (oh, does he favor eminent domain), and who invited Hillary Clinton to his wedding (one of them). You must convince yourself that Republicans will choose a man who opposes entitlement reform, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, free trade, and elementary good manners. Above all, Republicans would be choosing someone whose policy proposals are essentially barroom blurts.
“Ted Cruz is angling to be the outsider — referring contemptuously to the “Washington cartel” and sidling up to Trump at every opportunity — while also claiming the mantle as the purest conservative. But he has embraced Paulite positions that overlap with liberal ones, such as his vote for the USA Freedom Act, which scaled back the capacity of the National Security Agency to do bulk data collection. He lambastes Rubio for teaming up with Charles Schumer on immigration reform (which Cruz also supported at the time, if with reservations), but he himself teamed up with Schumer on the NSA bill (which Rubio opposed unreservedly). “Senator Cruz is known for his high intelligence, which is usually an asset. But it has disadvantages too. When he disparages fellow Republicans as “crazy neocon invade-every-country-on-Earth and send our kids to die in the Middle East” types, you know he didn’t choose his words carelessly. He seems satisfied to reinforce one of the caricatures the Left employs about Republicans. Similarly, when he invoked “America first” as his foreign policy during the debate, you wonder what he’s up to. If Trump (what nuclear triad?) had said it, it would be fair to assume historical ignorance. Not in Cruz’s case.
“No political figure is perfectly virtuous or ideologically pure. One difference between Cruz and Rubio is that Rubio has acknowledged his apostasy on the subject of immigration, and has changed his position. Cruz, by contrast, has changed positions, but claims perfect conservative rectitude no matter which side he’s on. Successful politicians think and act strategically, but when it looks like scheming, or outright dishonesty, it leaves a bad taste.” www.nationalreview.com/article/428714/ted-cruz-vs-marco-rubio-conservative-fight
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “Primary Preview: The Brawl vs. the Blob”
“A role reversal gives us rambunctious Republicans and deathly Democrats.
“. . . Mr. Trump is different. His views are not too far in one ideological direction; they go in no particular and every direction. His grab bag of stands, to give it its due, reflects a rough awareness of the historical and political moment we’re in. But it’s not a clear set of beliefs brought to their extreme, it’s a bunch of beliefs brought forward by a man who bops to extremes and back again.
Can he win the nomination? Yes. If the year has taught us anything it’s that we don’t know what’s going to happen. He’s leading in every primary state. Maybe that will change; maybe his deficit with women will turn out to matter. He could fail to win the Iowa caucuses in six weeks, which would leave him dinged. The past six months have been nothing but one headline: “Trump is Winning.” An Iowa loss would be “Trump Loses!” His mystique would be damaged and the damage could spread.
“On the other hand he could triumph in New Hampshire, where he continues well ahead in the polls. And he could win that open primary with support from independents. (It is not only Republicans who would like to fire Washington.) In that case the headline would be “Trump Expands the Base—Trump Grows the Party!” That would make Trumpism less easy to dismiss, more like a movement than a mood.
“Do Mr. and Mrs. Longtime Republican in the suburbs think a Trump victory would be a good or acceptable outcome? No? Then they’d better get ready to press the viable non-Trump candidates to stay, and all others to leave. If after New Hampshire Mr. Trump is triumphing, Republican candidates who aren’t going to make it should be pressed to sacrifice themselves to narrow the field and let the viable non-Trumps rise. Jeb Bush, by stepping down, could become what he wanted to be this year—a hero, a history changer, a man who enhanced his own and his family’s legacy.
“But really, what a year. Nobody, not the most sophisticated expert watching politics up close all his life, knew or knows what’s going to happen. Does it go to the convention? Do Mr. Trump’s roarers turn out? Does he change history?
“And no one saw it coming. . .”
Caroline Glick, RCP: “Rubio, Cruz and the Republican Party’s Foreign Policy”
A long piece and worth your attention to its first three quarters . . . the last segment is here . . .
“. . . Although many Republicans opposed Bush’s policies, few dared make their disagreement with the head of their party public. As a result, for many, Wednesday’s debate was the first time the foundations of Bush’s foreign policy were coherently and forcefully rejected before a national audience.
“If Rubio is the heir to Bush, Cruz is the spokesman for Bush’s until now silent opposition. In their longheld view, democratization is not a proper aim of American foreign policy. Defeating America’s enemies is the proper aim of American foreign policy.
“Rubio’s people claim that carpet bombing ISIS is not a strategy. They are right. There are parts missing from in Cruz’s position on Syria.
“But then again, although still not comprehensive, Cruz’s foreign policy trajectory has much to recommend it. First and foremost, it is based on the world as it is, rather than a vision of how the world should be. It makes a clear distinction between America’s allies and America’s enemies and calls for the US to side with the former and fight the latter.
“It is far from clear which side will win this fight for the heart of the Republican Party. And it is impossible to know who the next US president will be.
“But whatever happens, the fact that after their seven-year vacation, the Americans are returning the real world is a cause for cautious celebration.
Joseph Kolb, Fox: “As lawmakers clash over refugees, Syrian immigration quietly tops 100,000 since 2012”
“A proposal to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States has ignited a bitter debate in Washington, but more than 10 times that number of people from the embattled country have quietly come to America since 2012, according to figures obtained by FoxNews.com.
“Some 102,313 Syrians were granted admission to the U.S. as legal permanent residents or through programs including work, study and tourist visas from 2012 through August of this year, a period which roughly coincides with the devastating civil war that still engulfs the Middle Eastern country. Experts say any fears that terrorists might infiltrate the proposed wave of refugees from United Nations-run camps should be dwarfed by the potential danger already here.
““The sheer number of people arriving on all kinds of visas and with green cards, and possibly U.S. citizenship, makes it impossible for our counterterrorism authorities to keep track of them all, much less prevent them from carrying out attacks or belatedly try to deport them,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Travesty in Baltimore”
“The chilling thing about the hung jury that resulted in a mistrial for Officer William G. Porter, the first Baltimore cop to stand trial on charges arising out of the death of Freddie Gray, is that it was a hung jury.
“This was a prosecution that should never have been brought, based on such a stark lack of evidence that there was not even probable cause to make an arrest, much less proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict a man presumed innocent. The jury should have acquitted Officer Porter in record time. Indeed, the case should never have gone to jury deliberations because the trial judge should have dismissed it when the state rested without proving any crimes.
“Yet, the demagoguery created such an atmosphere of intimidation that at least one juror voted to convict. We may never know what the numerical split was in the vote of the twelve jurors. We know for a fact, however, that a riotous element of the community, which has the prosecutors and the government in its thrall, has made clear that no verdict except “guilty” – regardless of the lack of proof – will be acceptable if Baltimore is to be spared more violence. . .: www.nationalreview.com/corner/428697/mistrial-freddie-gray-case
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (12/17/15)
“On Monday’s Mark Levin Show, The Republicans have become handmaidens to President Obama through a massive omnibus spending bill that brings spending hikes across the board and brings in special interest tax breaks. Republicans and Paul Ryan didn’t even try to roll back EPA’s attack on the Industrial Revolution and Obama’s massive executive overreach. This omnibus spending bill will increase deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. Debt obligations are real and even America can’t ignore them. Unfortunately, the Republican party is as gluttonous and insatiable as the Democrats, and is shutting down future generations (instead of the government) through their surrender of the power of the purse.
“Also, Donald Trump’s immigration plan has been trashed and considered to be radical, but that was Marco Rubio’s same position in 2010, which he has now changed. Leftists and their Republican cronies who are big spenders and support illegal immigration are called “compassionate”, while those who are against these policies are criticized and trashed.
“Finally, Allen West calls in to talk about Obama’s response to the CA terrorist attack and what we’re in for during Obama’s last year in office.”