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Budget Deal! This is a HUGE Win for GOP. Give Boehner an ‘A’ for Negotiating Skills

A deal was (finally) reached late last night that will avoid a government shutdown – as long as Congress approves the final draft of the agreement and the President signs it into law. So, it’s almost over, but not quite.

And while the amount cut was far short of the $100 Billion figure talked about before the election, and short of the revised $61 Billion “pro-rated” figure that later emerged, it was significantly higher than the $4 Billion figure the Senate Democrats reluctantly settled on.

And it seems that Democrats were “leaking” information that were outright lies. Which may have backfired on the Democrats.

When the Democrats began saying that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had agreed to $33 Billion in cuts and later information claimed Boehner had agreed to drop controversial “Riders” to defund ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood, the talk of a primary challenge to Boehner and others may have had an effect on the final agreement. But then again, Boehner denied there were agreements on any of those items. But, perhaps the biggest lie from Democrats was that the TEA Party was insisting on ending funding for Planned Parenthood. Social issues are simply not on the TEA Party’s agenda, but to the extent that using taxpayer’s money to pay for abortions, NPR and numerous other wasteful and probably unconstitutional programs are concerned, the TEA Party is all in. Remember, TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

But attempting to claim that the TEA Party are extremists who want to end abortion is a sure tell that liberals are lying. (Their lips moving is another.) It’s not the program. It’s the spending, stupid!

Calculating the Grade

So, the negotiations that started at $100 Billion became $61 Billion and turned into $33 Billion (reportedly) yet Boehner was drawing his line in the sand at $40 Billion. The agreement came in at $38.5 Billion. As I recall, Boehner was not one who signed on to the $100 Billion in cuts or moved the mark to $61 Billion. So, his goal of $40 Billion was ten times what the Democrats signaled they were willing to accept. And Boehner got most of that. Grade: A

As far as de-funding Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare, these were obviously highly desirable but had zero chance of being acceptable. The Democrats and Obama were willing to not only send our military into harms way in three wars, but use their spouses and children as hostages, threatening to de-fund widows, women and children and let them starve to keep Federal dollars flowing to Planned Parenthood. When the families of our military in harms way are used as pawns in this way, there is absolutely nothing these despicable Democrats will not do. In the end, these were pulled from the bill, but Boehner managed to get a written guarantee that these would be brought up for a vote in the Senate, something Harry Reid has been blocking. Boehner didn’t cave on these issues, he used them as bargaining chips and now we will have Democrats on record with votes on repealing ObamaCare and de-funding Planned Parenthood. These will become powerful weapons to use against Democrats in the 2012 Senate elections. This is absolutely a win. Grade: A+

Going to the brink without blinking, squeezing every ounce possible out of this situation, takes skill. Sure, it is disappointing that the $100 billion fell by the wayside. But $38.5 Billion is historic. It sets the stage for the next two showdowns looming on the immediate horizon. And in many ways, these next two are going to be several magnitudes above this latest round.

Next up: Raising (or not raising) the Debt Ceiling.

I have a far better feeling about this now. We will raise it, that much is for sure. But Boehner will exact a heavy price for this. With the FCC, the EPA and almost every Federal Agency bypassing the Legislative branch and enacting “global warming” agenda items and seeking control of everything from media to guns, there are a lot of bargaining chips on the table to play with. And this includes ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood. And Boehner has demonstrated that he has the ability to use the chips properly. And Democrats are at a decided disadvantage. There are very few similar programs that are darlings of the right. The best Democrats can do is go after Defense spending. Democrats want to abort babies, Republicans want to fund National Security and keep us safe. Democrats are at a definite disadvantage here. And there are cuts to Defense spending most would be willing to make. Stop dropping bombs on Libya would be one. It is going to cost Democrats a lot to raise the debt ceiling and avoid shutting down or defaulting.

Last up: The Paul Ryan budget

Now the Billions become Trillions. The discussion turns to financial sustainability. Saving Medicare and Social Security. And thanks to the Boehner negotiations of last night, new studies on the costs of ObamaCare and the waivers granted to date will (hopefully) be ready to add some real numbers to the bottom line for our future, as opposed to the B.S. numbers Obama has claimed.

We still have a long way to go. It’s a long road and a little wheel and it takes a lot of turns to get there. While many will lament the size of the cuts are only $38.5 Billion and not $100 Billion, the sad truth is, even $100 Billion is only a drop in a large bucket. The only significance of either number is as a symbolic victory. Did Boehner blink? Absolutely not. He got far more than most thought possible, didn’t shut down the Government and did not give away his position on the “nuclear option” of shutting down the government. One would still have to think Boehner will shut it down if all else fails.

So, in the words of Bachman-Turner Overdrive: “You ain’t seen nothing yet. B-b-b-b-baby!”


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

5 Responses to “Budget Deal! This is a HUGE Win for GOP. Give Boehner an ‘A’ for Negotiating Skills”

  1. Muhammed says:

    The TEA PARTY handed DEMS the worst Congressional defeat in 68 years…all based on promises from the GOP establishment that have turned to lies.
    GOP promised to cut $100 billion = FAIL
    GOP promised to defund Obamacare = FAIL
    GOP promised to defund NPR = FAIL
    GOP promised to defund Planned Parenthood = FAIL
    GOP promised to defund EPA regulation of CO2 = FAIL
    Every promise BOEHNER and his big-spending, establishment, Rockefeller-Republicans made to the TEA PARTY has now been broken. RECALL BOEHNER

    • Martin M. McMartin says:

      Tom, congratulations, Erick Erickson mentioned you on Red State

      “Many of the conservatives who booed them for going from $100 billion to $61 billion are now ready to dip John Boehner in bronze and champion him as the second coming of Ronald Reagan.

      The most depressing bit of all of this is how quickly conservative pundits who promised they were to going to throw off the shackles of fidelity to the Republican Party after Bush and become again true conservative warriors for freedom have descended, automaton like, into guttural cheerleading for a Republican Party that just went from $100 billion in promised cuts to a third of that in actual cuts while selling out the unborn for roughly $1000 per murdered child assuming reports are true that they got the Democrats to increase cuts $1 billion in exchange for dropping the defunding of Planned Parenthood.”

      • Tom White says:

        Erick’s opinion used to both be his own and matter. Now, he says anything to get him booked on CNN more often to express his latest anti-Republican stance on whatever is going on. Who really knows what EE thinks these days? I wrote about this last September when he was downing the “Pledge with America” as milquetoast. A plan he now refers to as “promising the moon” in the post you referenced. There are a number of good writers at RedState who tell you exactly what they think on a given matter, and not deliver whatever they think will get them on CNN. So, RedState is still relevant, I just take what Erickson says these days with a grain of NaCl. But hey, I understand his position. I’m a capitalist, too.

        But for anyone who thinks shutting the government down over abortion, which es EXACTLY the argument the Mainstream Media was preparing to have, would end well for Republicans is kidding themselves. Reid said not a penny more than $4 Billion, Boehner said $40 Billion. Boehner gave $1.5 Billion, Reid $34.5 Billion. Who caved on that argument? Now Obama is going to take a Mulligan on his budget. We are no longer talking increasing or sustaining government spending to continue the “recovery”, we are talking cuts. And Trillions.

        In the grand scheme of things, $100 Billion was chicken scratch. But any cuts at all were victories. The direction of the dialog is now moving in the right direction. Harry Reid is going to have to put the Senate on the record with votes on defunding ObamaCare, Planned Parenthood, EPA, FCC and more will come. Defunding Planned Parenthood will not happen with a Democratic Senate and a Democrat in the White House. Period. And they will win that argument every time. But it makes a good bargaining chip and we will see it again. And it will “fail” again. But it will exact a price every time. But like black magic, it also will exact a toll on those who use it as well.

        I fully expected Boehner to come in closer to $4 Billion. The fact that the final number was nearly $40 Billion is a victory.

        The Paul Ryan budget and the Debt Ceiling fights rendered this fight almost irrelevant, relegated to nothing more than a symbolic victory, or defeat no matter the outcome, because the bar was set so low to begin with.

        Don’t count on social issues and defunding ObamaCare to any great degree getting through before 2012. These will be used to chip away, but in the end, they will fail. Although this agreement DID manage to defund portions of Obamacare. Just not all of it.


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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