Take no comfort in the letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) signed by all 42 current members of the Republican caucus in the U.S. Senate promising to filibuster all legislation brought to the floor by the Democratic majority:
“…until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers.”
The letter is a lie.
The letter was conveniently sent only after sufficient numbers of GOP senators invoked cloture and passed a bill granting the Obama Administration sweeping regulatory powers over our food that also contained tax increases. The only votes against the bill were cast by 25 Republicans, with two GOP members not voting. Fifteen of the usual RINO suspects voted for the bill, even after an unusually loud wave election message demanding less taxes and less government regulation.
We assumed that this vote meant that we had only 25 conservatives in the Lame Duck Senate. Make that a maximum of only 23-4, as we learned that both of our Peach State senators co-sponsored the bill and that Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) made clear after the vote that he voted against the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) because it didn’t grant enough power to federal regulators with the Food and Drug Administration.
Tea partiers, conservatives and a majority of voting Americans have been betrayed by some of those just elected, e.g. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and at least 15-17 of those that were previously elected or re-elected to whom the message of constitutional less government was sent.
It turns out that the Constitution requires that all bills raising revenue (taxes) must originate in the House of Representatives, thus providing the Lame Duck Speaker to sing a patriotic swan song in Harry’s ear. Turns out it will be an encore since this is the second time Leader Harry has led his Democrats off the unconstitutional cliff.
Dems should have to dream of voting on DREAM Act
But if you are breathing a sigh of relief that large and small farms alike will be spared, do you really think that a Republican leadership so tone deaf that it allowed the vote in the first place, will be saved again by Democratic party incompetence when they bring up the amnesty for illegals DREAM Act after the votes on the extension of the Bush tax cuts and the continuing resolution to fund the government?
This rooster has no such expectation, for why should the filibuster-sufficient minority allow any votes on significant, non-emergency legislation after the consequential election just passed?
Maybe its because the elites in D.C., including Republicans think the only significance of elections is to empower them to do what they want for a term of years that has no bearing on what they do.
We fought a revolution to rid ourselves of a distant King, rightly rejected democracy, and instead created a Republic for self-government. But when We the People act to elect those that would carry out or will, and then those that are elected ignore our will at the first opportunity, what is left for us to do?
We are going to try and concentrate the minds of our new employees come the opening of the new GOP majority House in January with a civil, obedient-to-traffic-laws American Drive-In. I hope it works, but suspect that the only result could be a surge in sales of helicopter taxis from Capitol Hill to Georgetown.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson