January 22, 2022

WHAT NEXT AFTER Congress Ended the Partial Shutdown of the Government

During the night of October 16, 2013, the Senate approved the proposal to end the partial 16-day partial government shutdown and to extend the  federal debt ceiling. This proposal was negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky, on an 81-18 vote. Twenty-seven Republicans joined Democrats in backing the bill. A couple of hours later, the Senate bill was approved by the House of Representatives on a 285-144 vote. Eighty-seven Republicans joined 198 Democrats in approving the measure. All South Florida House of Representatives members voted in favor of the deal.

The president promptly signed the bill in the White House thus averting a potential national default on the federal debt. The agreement came the day before the nation exhausted its borrowing authority.

The law that ended the government partial shutdown appeared to be a victory for the Democrats since ObamaCare was left relatively intact. The federal government will be funded through January 15, 2014 and the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling will be increased until February 7, 2014. A bipartisan House-Senate conference committee co-chaired by House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Republican from Wisconsin and Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray, Democrat from Washington, will start working on the federal budget.

The committee will have until December 13, 2013 to complete its work and report to Congress. However, the temporary nature of the deal means that political fights over taxing and spending will persist over the next few months. The risk of another government shutdown and the threat over the default of the national debt remains.

In past budget fights, Congressional committees have failed to reach agreements due to the uncompromising ways of President Obama. There is a great deal of skepticism regarding the possibility of reaching an agreement for deficit reduction at this time. On the table this time will be reduction in programs such as farm subsidies, federal pensions, the Postal Service, and other social programs. Republicans will begin negotiations with one advantage. If negotiations fail, the next round of across-the-board cuts known as sequestration will hit automatically, even deeper than the first time. Democrats want to avoid that, more than Republicans do. Democrats want higher taxes and Republicans want to reform Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Senator McConnell and Republicans in the Senate and the House were successful in preserving the 2011 Budget Control Act, which includes the mandatory domestic and defense costs known as sequestration. Senator McConnell said the following: “That’s been a top priority for me and for my colleagues on the Republican side of the aisle throughout this debate. And it’s being worth the effort. This is far less than many of us have hold for, frankly. But it’s far better than what some had sought. Now it’s time for Republicans to unite behind other crucial goals.”

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, stated the following: “The House has fought with everything it has… That fight will continue… We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win.”

The agreement did not please all Republicans in Congress. Senator Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida, voted against the compromise bill. Senator Rubio stated the following: “This debate has never been about whether to have an open federal government, but about whether we are going to fix it so that it stops spending more money than it takes in. I cannot support this deal because it postpones any significant action on pro-growth and spending reforms and does nothing to provide working-class Americans even one shred of relief from ObamaCare’s harmful effects.”

Senator Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas, blasted the deal, calling it a victory for the Washington establishment. This writer agrees with the statements made by these two American senators of Cuban descent. All the Congress and the president have done is kicked the can ahead one more time. The nation continues on the road to bankruptcy and fiscal disaster. Senator Ted Cruz emerged after his 21-hour filibuster on the Senate floor opposing ObamaCare on September 24-25, 2013 as a national leader of conservatives and Tea Party groups. After being in the Senate less than a year, Ted Cruz is being mentioned as a potential presidential candidate. His high intelligence, charisma, and outstanding debate skills were seen by the entire nation.

During the October 11-13, 2013, Family Research Council Value Voters conference, which was attended by this writer in Washington D.C., a speech given by Senator Ted Cruz, without the use of the Teleprompter, was interrupted by a dozen of pro-Obama supporters who paid the conference fee so that they could interrupt and yell at him while speaking. Senator Cruz handled the constant interruptions with grace and humor. He was not distracted one bit and continued to deliver a great speech. Other Republican senators spoke at the conference but were not subjected to this harassment by Obama’s supporters. It is quite clear that the White House is most afraid of Senator Ted Cruz. The presidential straw poll taken at the conference of Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul, Dr. Ben Carson, Congressman Paul Ryan, and others resulted in 44% of the participants voting Senator Cruz for president. No other individual came close to the percentage received by Senator Cruz.

The horrendous and unwarranted attacks made by President Obama and White House officials, Democrats in Congress, and friendly reporters from the mainstream media to Republicans in Congress will not be forgotten by the Republicans or most of the American people. The deliberate efforts by the president to inflict maximum pain on the American people during the partial government shutdown will not be forgiven or forgotten. The nation has a mean-spirited, cruel, and even sadistic president in the White House. How else can you explain denying entrance to elderly World War II veterans, many of them in wheelchairs, to a memorial that they helped built and then allowing thousands of undocumented immigrants to use the mall for political purposes with police protection? How could Obama’s Defense Department deny financial help to the families of dead soldiers arriving in caskets to our nation?  

It was completely unnecessary to close all national monuments and museums as well as national parks throughout the nation. Republican bills to fund many vital services, including crucial medical services from the National Institute of Health, were rejected by the Democratic-majority in the Senate at the president’s request. This was most cruel and inhumane. This clearly shows that the president has his priorities upside down. Barack Obama is unfit to be the leader and commander-in-chief of this great nation.

While the established pro-Obama media proudly proclaimed that the Tea Party Republicans were defeated, the media will be proven wrong in the months ahead. This terrible compromise will energize the conservative wing of the Republican Party to continue fighting for fiscal sanity. Moreover, those Republicans who compromised their principles may discover that they could have Republican primary opponents during their reelection. Representative Raul Labrador, Republican from Idaho, stated that “I think you are going to see something happening over the next year and a half, there is a group of us in Washington, D.C., who are not listening to special interests and listening to the people.”

The White House planned the shutdown

Ed Kline, the author of the best-selling critical biography about Obama called The Amateur (2012) and the former foreign editor of Newsweek and editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine, reported that the shutdown was deliberately orchestrated by the White House in order to win votes and demonize the Republicans in Congress. Klein told the New York Post that President Obama’s closest adviser, Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, prepared the strategy to force a showdown with Republicans over ObamaCare. The White House’s intension was to give Democrats the opportunity to win back the House of Representative in the 2014 midterm elections.

Valerie Jarrett, whose father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, was a communist in Chicago,  developed the strategy of refusing to negotiate with Republicans over ObamaCare. She came up with the idea of using derogatory words like “hostage,” “ransom,” “arsonists,” and “terrorists” to demonize Republicans during a partial government shutdown in order to win the House of Representatives in the next election. Kline told the newspaper that “Republicans walked into a trap set up by Valerie Jarrett and President Obama.”

Representative Louis Gohmert, Republican from Texas, believes that there is evidence that the Obama administration planned the shutdown in advance. He told Fox News that on the eve of the shutdown, September 30, 2013, the administration already had barricades, signs, and cones in place. The Congressman stated that “they had worked out in advance they were closing these things down.” He added “that’s the only thing that explains why the White House turned down the proposals and compromises.”

Valerie Jarrett is the closest advisor to Barack and Michelle Obama and is the only person that is allowed to spend so much time in the family quarters at the White House. However, Jarrett and Obama may have miscalculated the benefits of the partial shutdown of the government.

After the compromise, the Democratic leaders in Congress after using character assassination and insulting repeatedly their Republican colleagues during the partial shutdown of the government, put on a show of civility promising to work together in the future. Not so Barack Obama. The following day in a televised conference the arrogant, vain, and narcissist president engaged in a demeaning triumphalist lecture aimed at Republicans in Congress as well as their supporters in the nation. During his five years in office, Obama has made every effort to divide this nation across political parties, social class, and ethnic groups. His promise to unite this country was a lie. In fact, Obama has been the most divisive president in the history of our nation.

On October 17, 2013, President Barack Obama criticized Republicans by saying that “they inflicted completely unnecessary damage on the U.S. economy.” Most economic analysts were of the opinion that the partial government shutdown will only have a limited effect on economic growth. Since the president no longer can blame the economic problems of the nation on President George W. Bush, he now can shift the blame to the Republicans in Congress.

This president has never accepted responsibility for his many mistakes and errors in office. He has always blamed somebody else for his misguided policies. Just a few weeks ago, the president denied that he had established a red line on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Even though he had made this statement, he said that it was the international community the one that had drawn the red line. President Obama needs to remember that President Truman had in his office a tablet that said “The buck stops here.”

President Obama also accused the Republicans of governing irresponsibly by creating “manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.” He also told the Republicans, who had pushed for the defunding or delaying by one year ObamaCare, the following: “You don’t like a particular policy, or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.” Obama forgets that he committed massive fraud in the elections of 2008 and 2012. He forgets that many conservative Republicans were elected after they had promised to stop his train wreck healthcare law. Additionally, the president forgets that the House of Representatives is the one that introduces bills to fund the government. Lastly, Obama forgets the one who are experts in creating manufactured crises are people like Valerie Jarrett and others in the White House.

President Obama called on Washington to “stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do.” Of course, Obama was not referring to the hundreds of reporters in the mainstream media who support him or the lobbyists who he favors and sometimes hires for government jobs, but to the conservative radio and others who criticize his terrible domestic and foreign policies.

Obama’s insults and unfounded accusations of Republicans in Congress will result in a hardening of partisan divisions in the near future. It would have been smarter for the president to have use civility as the Democrats in Congress did after reaching the compromise legislation. However, as a former community organizer, Obama follows strictly the pages from Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals. His spiritual mentor always thought that you have to demonize, never compromise, and destroy your opponents. Alinsky also taught his Marxist and radical disciples to use deceit, lies, and ridicule against their opponents. His best pupil, Barack Obama, has rigidly adhered the to his teachings.

Amnesty is dead this year in Congress

By playing to his radical Marxist base, Obama will find conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives left with deep sour feelings and ready to go to battle with him in the near future in order to save the nation from financial catastrophe. Obama will not be able to implement his radical agenda to restructure the nation. He can forget about immigration reform, which is nothing more than a ploy by Democrats to grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants in order for the Democrats to stay in power forever. It is well known that Mexicans vote predominantly for the Democratic Party.

Sadly, most Mexicans and Puerto Ricans elected leaders are almost all Marxist, socialists, or radicals. The Hispanics in the nation are inundated with propaganda by Telemundo, Univision, CNN en Español, and liberals in radio. Hispanics are almost never exposed to any conservative ideas. However, many of them are hard-working, religious individuals with strong families. Many Hispanics owned small businesses and are conservatives, even though they may not realize it.

New Mexico’s Republican governor Susana Martinez stated at the National Republican Convention in 2012 that in all the years that she was a Democrat, she did not realize that she was a conservative. Eventually, she abandoned the progressive Democratic Party and became a Republican. Hispanics have heard Democrats and progressives saying and writing repeated lies about conservatives and Republicans. Obviously, the Republican Party needs to work hard to extend their message and reach the ever-growing population of Latinos.

comunist-party-This writer is aware that after the AFL-CIO was taken over by Marxists of the Democratic Socialists of America in 1995, the labor unions, which previously had opposed illegal immigration on the basis of being a threat to the wages and working conditions of workers in America, changed radically their policy. The concern was no longer the workers of America. The radical Marxist union leaders of the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) decided to work for amnesty for millions of undocumented workers. It had nothing to do with reuniting families or being humanitarian. It had all to do with obtaining political power indefinitely.

Marxist Eliseo Medina, vice president of the extreme radical pro-Obama SEIU, stated at a progressive conference in Washington, D.C., on June 2, 2009 the following: “We reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventual voters. Can you imagine if we have, even the same ratio, two out of three? If we have 8 million new voters who care about… And will be voting. We will be creating a governing coalition for the long-term, not just for an election cycle…”

Breitbart website reporter Matthew Boyle wrote an article entitled “Soros-Funded Group Plans Fly in to Push House Republicans on Amnesty” on October 18, 2013. He explained that the George Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF) is organizing a fly in with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New American Economy.  The  NIF calls this group “conservatives” from across the nation in order to lobby House Republicans for an amnesty bill.

Boyle reported that Alan Gomez wrote in USA Today that these people are not conservative groups. They are organizations that have focused on legalizing millions of people who were here illegally and want to change the immigration system to bring in more foreign workers. The NIF’s Executive Director, Ali Noorani, has wanted to legalize undocumented immigrants for three decades. The event will take place on October 28, 2013, which coincides with the president’s and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s efforts to push for amnesty.

George Soros, a billionaire, has funded a multitude of progressive organizations over the years to advance the president’s radical agenda. He has been heavily involved in funding the longing for amnesty. Soros is also intimately connected to Facebook’s Zuckerberg organization called FWD.us in pushing for amnesty. Both Soros and Zuckerberg are leftist progressives. Some think that Barack Obama is nothing more than a puppet of George Soros.

Trevor Loudon wrote in his book, The Enemies Within: Communist, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress (2013) that “Marxists, like Medina, are using Latino immigrants to put the Democrats into power-forever.” This writer has seen how all radicals, Socialists, and Marxist desperately want amnesty for illegal immigrants. In the many televised demonstrations in favor of amnesty, one can see often T-shirts of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro worn by demonstrators and the use of communist flags. Unfortunately, radical Democrats in Congress have persuaded some Republicans to join them in their quest for amnesty.

It is true that is important to find an eventual solution to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the nation. But until our borders are completely sealed, no solution can be contemplated. One idea might be to provide a path for citizenship to immigrants who came as small children to our nation and who have attended schools and colleges in the nation, the so-called Dreamers. Obviously, they did not break any laws of our nation as did their parents. Many radical Democrats actually want open borders so that more illegal immigrants can enter the nation.

The next few months and the future of ObamaCare

The complete failure of the government website, built at a cost of more than $600 million, to enroll Americans in ObamaCare insurance plans demonstrates the enormous incompetence of the Obama administration. The White House has refused to tell the American people the number of people who after a few weeks have been able to enroll. The Miami Herald newspaper could not find in South Florida a single person who has been able to enroll successfully. Experts now know that is not minor computer glitches that is the concern, but deep structural problems in the government website. Many insurance companies are complaining that they cannot understand the information that they are receiving from the very few that have been able to enroll in the program. The whole process has been a complete disaster.

The website Daily Events  published an article entitled “ObamaCare Plunges into a Death Spiral” on October 18, 2013. It explained that after three weeks into the ObamaCare rollout, is widely described as a “disaster by even liberal commentators, who have largely given up pretending it’s all just a few launch-day quirks.” The infrastructures flaws were due the mistakes made by the Obama administration. These mistakes included no-bid contracts given to cronies and the hiding of the many faults and defects of the government website in order not to give ammunition to the opponents of the president’s healthcare law.

The incompetent Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sibelius, once stated that the private insurance market was in a “death spiral”. What it has become very obvious to the nation that she and her Marxist boss are in a death spiral with their train wreck abomination ObamaCare. Both of them violated the First amendment to the Constitution regarding freedom of conscious and freedom of religion when they required churches and religious institutions, such as hospitals and schools, to provide insurance programs to their employees covering abortions, sterilizations, and contraceptives.

Obama should have accepted the Republican proposal to delay implementation of the health law for one year. The entire nation will now know the failure of ObamaCare. If the Obama administration cannot run a website, which they have been developing for more than three years. Who can possibly trust that the Department of Health and Human Services with its death panels can possibly manage the health care of an entire nation? And who can trust the IRS to enforce fairly the regulations in ObamaCare? Will IRS officials continue to persecute conservative and religious organizations?

The one-way agreement favoring Democrats struck by the Republicans in Congress on October 16 guarantees that the president will be engaged in battles for months to come with Republicans in Congress over the budget and the extension of the ceiling of the debt. Obama needs to start improving his relationship with Congress by speaking and negotiating more with lawmakers instead of remaining aloof and demonizing his opponents, as he has done over the past five years. Political observers have stated that the president’s detached and arrogant personality, as well as his lack of bipartisanship effort, is being blamed for his failure to achieve his goals and improve the economy.

Republicans in Congress, as well as the vast majority of Americans, are greatly concerned with Obama’s constant violations of the Constitution and increasingly dictatorial way of governing. This writer predicts constant clashes between the president and the Republicans in Congress in the future. As the economy fails to improve, the national security deteriorates, and Americans start waking up as to who really is the occupant in the White House, Barack Obama’s approval rate as president will continue to decline.

Muslim-BrotherhoodAs far as the unfair and ridiculous charges leveled against law-abiding Republicans, conservatives, and members of Tea Parties of being “anarchists,” “terrorists,” and “arsonists”, it is you, Mr. President, who is sending weapons to Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist Islamic groups in Syria. It was you, Mr. President who led Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans die at Benghazi to cover up your secret Middle Eastern gun-running operation from Libya to Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria in violation of the Patriot Act and other federal laws. It is you, Mr. President who is bringing anarchy to the nation with your misguided domestic and international policies. It is you, Mr. President who is burning the Constitution and destroying the rule of law with your rapid march towards a totalitarian Marxist society.