Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Republican Leaders Better Wise Up

Marco Rubio, Florida Republican & former speak...
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and others are taking a stand against short-term budget fixes.  That would be the "Continuing Resolution" that Congress is planning to pass in an effort to stop the government from the so-called "shutting down".  Senator Rubio takes on both the Democrats and the Republicans in his article below.
Let's hope that he, and other courageous leaders who have decided to take a stand, like Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. Alan West (R-FL), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Rep. Jim Jordon (R-OH), will lead the way in the recovery of America.

Article at Red State by Marco Rubio:

No More Short-Term Budget CR’s

Our country faces a brutal reality: for far too long, the federal government has been recklessly spending money it does not have. It is the reason we now have a $14 trillion debt that threatens to bankrupt our country and why, each day, our government borrows $4 billion - almost half from foreigners and most of that from China.
Despite the seriousness of this debt crisis, an absurd pattern has clearly developed in Washington. Last year, when they still controlled the House, Senate and White House, the Democrats failed to pass a budget at all. In the first two months of this year, Senate Democrat leaders have spent invaluable time not on tackling the debt but on re-authorizing the F.A.A. and reforming the patent system. Their only attempt at addressing our debt was a plan to cut $4.7 billion in spending, which only equals what our government borrows approximately every 30 hours alone.
Democrats’ unwillingness to engage on this issue is leading us closer to a catastrophic debt spiral that will irreversibly damage our government, our economy and ultimately our country.

The absurdity of what we have witnessed on the Senate floor is only eclipsed by the lack of leadership demonstrated by the White House, and a President who has been absent from this debate and even sent his lead negotiator on a five-day foreign trip.
All this has led to a very predictable outcome: Washington politicians of both parties scrambling to put together two and three week plans to keep funding the government, while not fundamentally changing the behavior that has gotten us into this mess to begin with.
Running our government on the fumes of borrowed spending is unacceptable, short-sighted and dangerous. I commend the efforts of House and Senate Republican leaders to deal with this, but I did not come to the U.S. Senate to be part of some absurd political theatre.
I will no longer support short-term budget plans. While attempts at new spending reductions are commendable, we simply can no longer afford to nickel-and-dime our way out of the dangerous debt America has amassed. It is time our leaders in Washington wake up and realize that we are headed for a debt disaster.  Read more...

USA Today Reports:

Sen. Marco Rubio to oppose short-term budget bill

Sen. Charles Schumer, the New Yorker in charge of the Democratic message, said the decision by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and House Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to vote against another stopgap spending bill is a "bad omen."Schumer said the reluctance by Rubio and Jordan, whose committee is influential among House GOP freshmen elected with Tea Party support, is a sign that "Tea Party lawmakers are unwilling to accept anything short of extreme cuts ... even if it risks a shutdown."
Too bad, Chuckie.  I don't think Senator Rubio and Rep. Jordon are afraid of that risk.

If we continue on and a new budget doesn't pass, the Democrats get what they want, including funding for ObamaCare.  Here's Rep. Steve King explaining how the Continuing Resolution and the Raising of the Debt Ceiling are our only leverage, right now, against defunding ObamaCare:

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is planning that the Continuing Resolution will pass.

Why in the world would any Republican not do all in his or her power to stop the funding for ObamaCare?  What are they afraid of?  You were elected to stop ObamaCare and bring down spending to get control of the outrageous debt.  Do it!


  1. I am in complete support of a government shut down, as soon as possible and for as long as possible. Only exception: the military.

    I am so fed up.

  2. Kris:
    The Repubs are so afraid of a shut down that they are shooting themselves in the foot.
    It's refreshing to hear people like Marco Rubio and the other courageous leaders speak the truth and stand up for their principles. Americans must face the fact that we are broke.
    Here's some info on how the military is handled if a shut down occurs: http://www.capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/stan-collender/2108/more-silliness-debt-ceiling-and-government-shutdowns

  3. I am for a government shut down also. These Republicans have no backbone. I'm with Rep. Steve King, they need to force Obama and Dems into a corner so that they have no choice but to defund Obamacare. The majority of Americans want Obamacare to go in the ash heap of history so it would be nice if the GOP did their jobs and followed our wishes.

  4. Teresa:
    Boehner keeps saying they are doing what the people want them to do. When they will do it is the question.

  5. Go Go Rubio!!! I think I have a man-crush.

  6. Jake:
    So far, I have no regrets giving him my vote.


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