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In the constant stream of pixels, ions, electrons and hot air that passes by at a constant and overwhelming rate that is akin to the speed of light, two articles caught my attention on Wednesday. The latest waste of attention is on the looming sequester cuts that are set to hit on Friday, that would have the 'devastating' effect of cutting $85 Billion in budget increases from a non-budget that is already over a trillion in the hole. The first article that caused me to pause and ponder was rather a large bombshell from Politico:
Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.
The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of this fiscal year.
The sweep .... is striking. If Congress were to follow this course, significant power would be shifted to the president, an unusual maneuver that even Obama himself and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have scoffed at. But the plan appears to have the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and is being advanced by conservative Republicans who don’t want the White House to continue using the sequester as a public relations hammer.
This strikes me as not exactly the reason we elected Republicans to the Senate.
The other article that caught my eye was short and sweet, over at Breitbart:
Romney lost because conservative voters failed to turn out.
Conservative voters failed to turn out for many reasons--poor technology being one of them--but also because they are tired of being betrayed by Republican candidates, and they sensed Romney was a betrayal-in-waiting.
Case in point: Chris Christie, newest beneficiary of Obamacare.
Christie's acceptance of expanded Medicaid funding puts him on the opposite side of the table from the GOP in Congress, which needs to reform entitlements to make federal ends meet. Obama has vowed he will not cut Medicaid (he has already cut Medicare Advantage, however). Christie is now firmly in Obama's corner.
I don't see how Republicans are going to recover from things like this. The party may truly be over.
I'm certain these articles bear no relation to one another. Merely a coincidence.