I am sorry, but no matter how people try to spin it, the Republicans lost and so did life.
There are many people who I respect that view the deal cut by Republicans as a victory, a victory in the budget battle and a victory in the defense of life. They are wrong.
Let's get the budget stuff out of the way. The Republicans reduced the deficit by a measly 2%, meaning the at the government will still spend well more than a trillion more than it brings in with our already obscene taxes. That is like Michael Moore not eating the last cookie in 12 cartons of Oreos because he is dieting. It means nothing.
Something else that means nothing is promises. Republicans originally promised $100 billion, then backtracked to $61 billion, and now came away with only $38 billion. The Democrats wanted no cuts. $38 billion in relation to the deficit is as close to nothing as you can get. It is utterly meaningless.
The fact of the matter is that the Republicans were never serious and the Democrats knew it. And they were scared of being blamed for shutting down the government and the Democrats knew it. Not serious and scared. They never stood a chance.
But I have known for a while that the budget battle was a choice between meaningless spending cuts and utterly meaningless spending cuts. We ended up with utterly meaningless spending cuts. What fared worse is life.
The Republicans used defunding of Planned Parenthood as a bargaining chip to get an extra few billion in cuts. They traded life for a rounding error in the budget.
Don't tell me about the significant victory for life they achieved by getting an agreement to prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions in the District of Columbia and to allow a vote in the Senate over Planned Parenthood funding. Are you telling me that there are no Planned Parenthoods in DC providing abortions? So our tax dollars are still funding abortions in DC. And worse, much worse, is this stand-alone vote in the Senate over Planned Parenthood funding. This is a victory? NO. This is total and humiliating defeat.
How stupid do they think we are? A stand-alone vote on PP is useless and has 0% chance of defunding PP. 0% chance and everyone, especially the Democrats, know it. That is why the Democrats agreed to it.
The only way to defund Planned Parenthood with the current makeup of the Senate and Obama in the White House is to tie it to something the Democrats like even less. The Republicans had that chance by making the Democrats choose between something much worse and Planned Parenthood. If they had to choose between $200 bn in cuts and funding for PP and $100bn and no funding for PP, then they would have had a real dilemma. Instead, the weak and ineffectual Republicans traded it for exactly nothing.
The bottom line is that the Democrats were more willing to shut down the Government over funding PP than the Republicans. Case closed. The Republicans didn't care enough. And this stand-alone vote charade adds insult to egregious injury.
The ostensibly pro-life Sen. Toomey said this:
“I think what we should do is cut spending as much as we can, get the policy changes that we can, but move on, because there are other, bigger battles that we are fighting.”Bigger battles than life itself? And you are supposed to be pro-life? This is despicable Sen Toomey. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. The problem is that this is an entire party of Sen. Toomeys.
Some will say that this is the best that could have been achieved in the current climate. Hogwash. Democrats routinely deliver a lot more with a lot less. This is all that these weak Republicans could achieve, and that is the problem.
The bottom line is that the Republicans have learned nothing. They are not serious about life and they are not serious about debt. They are weak, ineffectual, and duplicitous and as a party, they do not deserve my vote.
Instead of patting themselves on the back, the Republicans ought to be ashamed of themselves. I know I am.