A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Thanks for nothing!!!

We elected a majority of Republicans to Congress so we could finally get some things done in this country, things that would improve this country.

But that doesn't happen when the people we elected decide to wimp out and act like the younger sibling of the Democrat Party.

What exactly has our Republican Congress done for us? They have spent more money than ever before. They have passed legislation that we would expect the Dems to pass, not the GOP. They have failed in leadership. They have allowed R.I.N.O.s like Arlen Specter take key roles in decision-making, rather than casting them aside.

And here they go again, refusing to cut the budget! Enough, I say! I am tired of being ignored. We elected these people and they are beholden to us. If they don't start acting like Republicans, then they are going to be back in the private sector.

If we wanted moderate legislation and leaders, we would have voted JOHN MCCAIN into the PRESIDENCY, but we didn't!!!

AP: House GOP Leaders Scuttle Budget-Cut Vote---

WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders scuttled a vote Thursday on a $51 billion budget-cut package in the face of a revolt by moderate lawmakers over cuts to Medicaid, food stamp and student loan programs.

The episode marked a setback for Republicans on Capitol Hill. They had hoped to use the budget debate to burnish their deficit-cutting credentials with the public and their core political supporters, many of whom are disappointed with their party's performance on spending.

The decision by GOP leaders came despite a big concession to moderates Wednesday, when the leaders dropped provisions to open the Arctic National Refuge to oil and gas exploration, as well as a plan letting states lift a moratorium on oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

But moderates countered that the spending cuts in the House budget plan were a separate issue from Arctic drilling. The cuts were too severe, moderates argued, especially when compared with a significantly milder Senate budget plan that passed last week.

Democrats mounted a furious attack on the GOP budget plan for its cuts to social programs and pounded home the message that the overall GOP plan would increase the deficit when coupled with a subsequent tax cut bill.

"The Republican Congress is about to slash more than $50 billion from investments in our children's future in health care and education," said Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the campaign arm for House Democrats. "And yet, because of Republican priorities, they are going to actually add $20 billion to our budget deficit. ... Only in a Republican Congress."

Republican leaders said the postponement of the vote was simply a modest setback and that the budget effort would get back on track next week.
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