April 10, 2011, - 7:07 pm

Frauds: House GOP Wimped Out to Obama, Cut Defense, NOT NPR

By Debbie Schlussel

**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ****

I warned you that the House Republicans–Tea Party or not–would never end the NPR a/k/a “National Palestinian Radio” subsidy, just like Newt Gingrich wimped out on this in the 1990s.  And I was right.  Despite their many self-congratulatory pats on the back, this morning, on the Sunday political shows, the budget is a disappointment.  I also warned readers that the Tea Party elections sea change and Republicans taking over the House, last November, wouldn’t actually be much of a change at all, despite tough talk by people like Paul Ryan.  Rule #1 of life:  talk is cheap.  Rule #2:  tough talk is even cheaper.

Frauds & Wimps: They Cut Defense, But Not NPR

It should have been a no-brainer and easy pickin’s for House Republicans to nix NPR funding, which would upset few Americans, but for some high-brow vegan lesbians from Seattle and some hipsters from Williamsburg who don’t vote Republican anyway.  But House Republicans, under the, um, “leadership” of John Boehner and Eric Cantor, gave in.  If they didn’t have the cojones to say no on NPR funding, what did they have the guts to say no to?  Not much.

There was a whiny story in today’s Detroit Free Press that Tea Party and other Congressman who sleep in their offices who use the House gym were worried that the gym would close and they’d have to shower somewhere else.  Not kidding. A recent Wall Street Journal article talked about how Paul Ryan and other House Republicans, like whiny “Real World” reality TV star Sean Duffy, use the gym to do P90X, and that would have stopped, too, with a government shutdown. Yup, they got their priorities straight. Now, the gym won’t be shut down. Praise allah.

The new budget lops off just $39 billion from Obama’s proposed budget, hardly a dent.  BFD–Big Frickin’ Deal. That’s chump change, and one of the biggest cuts was not from unnecessary services and entitlements but from national defense.  The Pentagon lost $2 billion, more than 5% of the cuts. Yes, Republicans are now the ones who are anti-defense.   Sorry, but there’s absolutely no way to spin that the Cantor Boehner Ryan troika cut $2 billion from defense and not a dime from NPR. Cutting defense spending and keeping liberal radio propaganda intact are the hallmarks of a liberal Democrat budget, not a conservative one. Tea Party? Puh-leeze. The tea is rancid.

Oh, and one of the most important things they claimed they’d do but didn’t have the guts to do:  cutting funding for Obamacare.  That was all funded, just like Barack Obama wanted.  And he comes out looking like the hero.

So, to all of you, who put up posters of Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor, here’s a tip:  they aren’t Superman.  Not even close.  More like Lois Lane, bragging about a date with Superman and getting jilted.  In fact, they’re really not much different at all from the fraudulent Contract With America Republicans who won in 1994 and quickly lost power again.  I feel like I’m in a political “Groundhog Day” watching them repeat their mistakes over and over again, and there’s no Bill Murray to make it funny.

When people want liberal Democrats who spend and spend, they want the real thing.  Not a bunch of Republican pretenders who claim they are Republicans but really cross dress with the best of them on the other side of the aisle.

If you can’t say no to NPR after the huge scandal just a month or so ago, what can you say no to?

Not much, it turns out.  What good is a “mandate” and a landslide election if all it gets you is minor cuts of $39 billion, a good chunk of which is in defense and none of which is in NPR?

Don’t buy the way FOX News and the Wall Street Journal are spinning this. There’s just one message to get out of the budget deal that went down, this weekend:

Barack Obama . . . Winning. And much more so than Charlie Sheen. It’s the House Republicans that sound like the Torpedo of Truth Tour.

Limp, inept, and failed. Like Sheen, the GOP leadership promised one thing, at least $61 billion in cuts, and far under-delivered, with only $39 billion.

The only thing they seem to have cut are the goddesses.

**** UPDATE: Facebook Friend (join me on Facebook) Scott Spiegel is right on the money:

This deal is the sham of the decade. The $38 billion in cuts is not only just 1% of the proposed budget, it mostly consists of things that had no chance of being funded anyway or are only one-time cuts that will be completely reversed next year. Republicans’ defense–that they need to compromise on the 2011 budget so the Democrats will work with them on the debt ceiling limit and the 2012 budget–are as fallacious as they come. If Republicans can’t stand up to Democrats on this, what chance is there they’re going to stand up on the bigger issues?

Boehner and Cantor are frauds and charlatans, and I’ve long been calling for them to be voted out of their leadership positions.

Amen. Me, too.

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32 Responses

Bravo.

Also, Paul Ryan (more “Bizarro” than Superman) and his fabbo budget full of so-called spending cuts is just cutting the RATE OF SPENDING INCREASES and not actual spending.

There are no true Conservatives. They always let us down.

(Hopefully, everyone here knows what a Liberal fraud Huckaphony is, I know everyone is on to Flip Floppney. As far as I see (so far) Herman Cain is the best as of this moment. Loved his non-equivocating on flatly saying he’d have NO Mooooslim in his cabinet if elected President).

I’m not surprised about NPR. Those Liberals should get ZERO tax-payer money. I do like to listen to their FREE podcasts (I never give them $$$ and like to let them know I listen to two shows and NEVER donate) but every once in a while their Liberalness pisses me off.

(Like last weeks TAL and their opening whining about how USA is friends with some bad cats (Egypt, Libya) and the theme was seeing evil and doing nothing (a Liberal past-time), yet they showcased a story about a loser who killed his Mum and how his siblings knew almost right away that he killed her, but said nothing for a few days. Then, this freaky family got the loser a reduced sentence because his Mum was verbally abusive to the killer. THEN the family of tards at first (for one year) blamed the mum for her own death…’til they got angry at the loser-son-killer for actually killing her.)

Skunky on April 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Skunky,

    you are, as PG Wodehouse would put it, “a veritable dream rabbit.” I love the fact that Congressmen won’t pay for private gym facilities. What a bunch of vermin they are!

    I womder how Chip Cravaack voted.

    Occam's Tool on April 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Cravaack voted with Boehner. Sheesh.

      Occam's Tool on April 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    And let’s not forget that vicious anti-semite Ron Paul on this. The only excuse for his existence is that he’s a deficit cutting hawk, and he DIDN’T VOTE on this bill, the most important one of his career. What a pathetic piece of shite.

    Michelle Bachmann voted gainst the bill. The only pro-Israel member of the House from Minnesota, she does rock. She is, indeed, my belle.

    Occam's Tool on April 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

The GOP doesn’t have the numbers to cut spending much further. Had Republicans taken the Senate in 2010, the numbers would have been much more in the GOP’s favor to make the cuts you’d like to see.

There is still a lot of work for Conservatives to do. The 2010 election clearly showed voter discontent with Washington D.C. spending. However, the “landslide” was insufficient to create numbers that would a big impact for the next two years.

I agree with you that NPR funding should have been cut. However, when it comes to the pandering to Muslims evident at NPR, most Republicans inside the beltway really could care less. Their districts are economically dependent on Saudi/OPEC business. They can cut defense spending knowing that Saudi Arabia will make up the slack buying more weapons and oil services. Moreover, it merely takes another war of convenience (such as Libya) to crank up defense spending back to last year’s level. Also, the GOP can leave NPR alone knowing their campaign funding will be well taken care of by the House of Saud.

One mid-term election wasn’t going to change this. However, with sustained pressure, I think there’s a good chance that policy in Washington D.C. can ultimately be moved in the right direction. It will take a grass-roots movement with more courage than the Tea Party is showing. The “Tea Party” never challenged the “taxation without representation” we are subjected to by Saudi/OPEC.

There is NO Santa Claus on April 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Santa Claus, you’re making excuses for them.

    That’s why they don’t have courage. If they had stood on principle, fine, let’s not fund ANY liberal programs and see what the country thinks, people might have backed them.

    No one respects a pushover.

    NormanF on April 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I agree.

pat on April 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Good article Debbie, this is why I love your website alot, your not the typical right wing site(s) that’s apart of the “amen-crowd” (as you claimed on many occasions) and says that “the right is correct all the time, while the left is wrong all the time, etc, etc, etc,”. As for the Republicans NOT defunding NPR, that just plain old sucks, and they’ve let me down on this one. I was kinda cynical on the GOP whether or not they would pass a bill that’ll defund NPR, so far, the GOP has turned out to be the typical check-pleated-dress-pants Republicans who are no different the the Democrats.

TINSC, since you mentioned the TPM, we really need a conservative revolution to emerge in this country, right now the Tea Party movement is enough. The problem for the TPM is that they’ve been co-opted by the K-Street GOP shill-hacks (ie, Grover Norquist, Dick Armey, Jack Abramoff, etc.) and they’ve been infiltrated by islamist money from overseas (as DS has pointed out on this site a year ago about the TPM) for some of their speakers. I don’t know about you folks, but I don’t think that I’m going to a Tea Party rally this coming week, because since I’ve came over here a year ago, I’m learning more and more about them and some of their charade and some of their speakers hold anti-semitism values as Debbie pointed out in the past! As I said, we need a right wing movement in this country that’s very patriotic, a leader that’s vigorus and charismatic, NOT racist, NOT bigoted, NOT anti-semitic, etc. And this conservative movement need to espouse true conservative values and principles, ie, immigration, the threat of islam, affirmative action, stop the corruption from both political parties, etc. NOT just taxes as the GOP talks about all the time.

“A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on April 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I made a little mistake in last post:

    “we need a conservative revolution to emerge in this country, right now the Tea Party movement is enough”

    What I meant to say was, “we need a conservative revolution to emerge in this country, right now the Tea Party movement is NOT enough”, that’s what I meant to say in the first sentence in the second paragraph of my post, sorry for my little error.

    “A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on April 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    None of them really care about conservatism.

    Its something to get elected. As Rush said, “compromise is for losers.”

    And so they are.

    NormanF on April 11, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Thank you for your comments, SeanR.

    I’m not exactly impressed by the “Tea Party”. That’s about as nice as I can put it. Yet here again, there are a lot of good people in the Tea Party. They can’t figure out that the TPM is not addressing the biggest expense/tax issue of the day: Saudi/OPEC. That’s because of precisely the reasons you mention and more.

    Do you have any idea what the price of petroleum does to our federal budget? How does the USPS move the mail without diesel fuel? How does the meat processor move refrigerated meat to your local grocery? Do you think the ingredients in soda pop have risen that much or could it be the cost of trucking that’s responsible for the price increases? The list goes on.

    We are subject to “taxation without representation” by an evil king from far off shores. Our elected leaders are nothing but his loyal subjects; Tea Party or otherwise.

    There is NO Santa Claus on April 11, 2011 at 7:38 am

It is all so disheartening.

sharon on April 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm

They promised $100 billion in cuts and went on to cut defense spending and fully fund the Democratic agenda… from Obamacare to NRP and Planned Parenthood because they were terrified of a government shutdown and what the MSM might say about them.

There’s no real cut in government spending.

Its business as usual in Washington.

NormanF on April 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

This really is depressing news. All talk, no action again from the RepubliCant’s.
No Reagans in this pack. Conservatives will have to keep on looking.
It’s like the country is going the way of Rome, or worse yet, Sodom and Gomorrah. Not one good man to be found.

theShadow on April 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

When the Dems want something, they will fight for it. They walked out of several statehouses or prolonged periods to fight against challenges to the labor unions. When have Republicans ever done something like this? When have they ever shown creativeness or inventiveness in tactics to promote something they ‘believed’ in?

The GAO identified about $200 billion p/y in duplicated funds a few months ago. That should have been the minimum budget cut.

Little Al on April 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Yup.

    The GOP is simply the caretaker for the statist party when it is in power.

    It never really changes anything and then when its thrown out, it doesn’t understand why it did nothing in office.

    This “compromise” proves it. No guts, no glory.

    NormanF on April 11, 2011 at 2:44 am

Wimped out is inaccurate. We’re dealing with an zero economic and population growth (except for Muslims) socialist oligarchy. They have to be thrown out of power…all of them! Democrat and Republican. They have to be Tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.

Doc Holiday on April 11, 2011 at 12:37 am

DS has opened a can of worms in the content of this article. Hat tip Debbie. The media in not coming out with this matter in clear terms for everyone to absorb which amounts to fabrication of the evidence. This is something I received in an email. It supports DS all the way.
“you’re really going to be deeply entertained by this: After days of intense negotiations and media coverage, top political negotiators in the U.S. reached an agreement to “slash” government spending in what Obama called “the biggest annual spending cut in history!”

And yet, if you actually do the math, it’s only a $38.5 billion cut out of an annual budget that involves roughly $4 trillion in federal spending (depending on which system of accounting you believe, of course).

In other words, the so-called “cuts” are utterly insignificant. In fact, U.S. government debt went UP by $54 billion in just the 8 days preceding the Obama-Boehner deal meaning that the $38.5 billion in federal spending cuts only delayed the total debt blowout of the U.S. government by less than a week!

You see, friends, it is now abundantly evident that the U.S. government is headed toward a complete economic meltdown that will make Fukushima look downright chilly by comparison. I call it The Big Shutdown, and if you thought a few billion dollars in cuts were hard to swallow, just wait until the feds can’t issue paychecks to anyone.

Watch your dollars carefully, fulks: Both the Republicans and the Democrats have put the U.S. economic freight train on a collision course with an immovable debt burden straddling the railroad tracks… and they’ve cranked up the accelerator to the max! We are all in for one heckuva ride, no doubt, and unfortunately this train is already moving far too fast to safely leap off… we can only watch, and wait, and be fascinated by the extraordinary stupidity of those who claim to be our “leaders…”

The answer here…someone to lead the party of ‘Reason & Learning’ , for the people and because of the people. The ‘servants’ in government, the so called politicians have lost the plot and are about to bury the American citizens under the load of their inflated egos. If they had anymore wood between their ears, they’d be called LOGS.

Eyes Wide Open on April 11, 2011 at 4:22 am

They could not even cut $40 billion, and we are supposed to be ecstatic. No, the Republicans blinked, rolled-over, and simply died on this one. If this is what comes out of a maximum effort by House and Senate Republicans, why even bother to support them? Representative Ryan’s much touted plan is a waste of hard drive space and trees, since nothing will ever come of it. The Tea Party Movement is really at an end, even if its members to not recognize it yet. Conservatives might spin this as they may, but the left is just cackling as they do. They are perfectly aware of who one this battle. If you can’t take a slice out of NPR and Planned Parenthood after all the scandals they have been through, you will certainly be unable to handle real challengers, such as the E.P.A, etc.

Worry01 on April 11, 2011 at 7:21 am

And if the Republicans really wanted to cut waste and management, they would be mounting a major national campaign to help the Republicans and Gov. Walker in Wisconsin. Almost no national Republican is doing anything except mild and reluctant lip service to his attempts to curb the out-of-control unions. They should be speaking and rallying in Wisconsin, and all Republican organizations (not just an isolated handful) should be donating to make sure the recall attempts against Republicans and the attempt to steal the election from Prosser don’t work. The Democrats are involved nationally; they know how to fight for what they want, so since the Republicans aren’t fighting (not really) in Wisconsin, it is apparent they don’t really want Walker or his budget savings.

And where are the cuts on highway pork? If you look at one of these road bills, they are larded with pork, overpricing and unnecessary projects. And when will they start talking about excessive pension payments to Republican officeholders?

Little Al on April 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

*And where are the cuts on highway pork? If you look at one of these road bills, they are larded with pork, overpricing and unnecessary projects. And when will they start talking about excessive pension payments to Republican officeholders?

Little Al on April 11, 2011 at 7:47 am*

Little Al, you are right on about the highway pork. But I haven’t heard a single thing about this from the Republicans.

Just in the Washington area, there are frivolous construction projects everywhere–things like repaving and regrading the road next to Catholic University (that was in perfectly good shape) and tearing up perfectly good old sidewalks to put new ones in. The project lasted at least a month and had the big American Recovery Act sign.

Then there is the project on North Capitol Street to build luxurious stone medians that is causing numerous traffic jams.

In Northern Virginia they are building an expensive ramp for the Fairfax County Parkway (with an American Recovery Act sign) that is a huge waste of money.

Why haven’t Republicans complained about this waste? Instead they cut defense?

Debbie is right: It is no different now with the Republicans in charge of the House.

JM on April 11, 2011 at 9:35 am

The feds spent $1.1 Trillion dollars in March. That is $36 Billion dollars a day. So they saved $40 Billion, that equals one day and a breakfast, my how frugal, they saved us. idiots.

ender on April 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

If you can not, or do not have the will to cut something as inconsequential as NPR, you are not serious about budget cuts.

Jonathan E. Grant on April 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Debbie…I’m not familiar with the term P90X. Is that anything like “pick up the soap” or “grab the ankles” which I’m guessing these guys are playing in the congressional locker room. These guy’s are a disgrace. The nation needs statesmen and stateswomen…men with cajones and/or strong women. Is the congressional locker room being turned into another gay bathhouse like Man’s Country up there in Chicago? We’ve got to stop sending these fairey’s to capitol hill. The current house leadership deserve the “Il Duce” treatment for this sellout of mainstream America.

joesixpack31 on April 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Remember, Ron Paul SAT OUT this vote. What a scumbag in every way.

Occam's Tool on April 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

“The government that would take 10% would be exceedingly oppressive.”-Benjamin Franklin

INCUMBENTS- THE “POLITICALLY CORRECT” ENDANGERED SPECIES!

Time for “Tea Party” upgrade- “TAR & FEATHERS PARTY”, anyone?

Ed on April 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!

Ed on April 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

After 2000, remember that there was a period when the GOP had full control of both White House AND Congress (Both House & Senate), and still couldn’t pass Conservative legislation, be it judges, Social Security Reform, et al. Instead, the McCains, Chafees, Voinovichs et al were busy hogging the headlines, while hijacking the party towards the Left.

If the GOP couldn’t do much better than bend over then, how does anybody expect better from them now? I used to be pro-Republican, now I’m Independent. If only the Loyalist Party could put together an organization!

Infidel Pride on April 12, 2011 at 12:34 am

Bangladesh? Just giving Jihadis there the pretext to join the Somalis, the Yemenis, the Lebanese and others already in the US!!!

Infidel Pride on April 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

George Wallace said it,”There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between a Democrat and a Republican”. Peaceful separation, if at all possible, is the only answer for the soveriegnty of the people and States. I realize this goes over like lead balloon.

Joel-texag57 on April 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

Have no fear. The federal government will be reigned in one way or the other. Either we stop the insanity and balance the budget and pay off the debt, or the Feds default, and cease to exist. Anybody remember the USSR? Well, USA is the new USSR. Wait a decade or so.

gjbevil on April 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

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