imageWell it would seem that Republicans in Congress blinked agreeing to a last minute deal where they compromised everything and Democrats gave nothing.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing a victory lap, and President Obama was thankful that funding Planned Parenthood was avoided.

We protected the investments we need to win the future. At the same time, we also made sure at the end of the day this was a debate about spending cuts — not social issues like women’s health and the protection of our air and water. These are important issues that deserve discussion, just not during a debate about our budget.

Whose future was protected?  Certainly not the unborn.  Why shouldn’t the funding for Planned Parenthood be discussed during a budget debate.  We’re talking money.  This wasn’t an abortion ban.  That statement is asinine.  During a budget debate is the perfect time to discuss what is worthy of taxpayer money and what is not.

And House Republicans caved.  Typical.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) mentioned that this didn’t even include defunding ObamacareShe said that this was a “small ball” battle, and not worth the fight. (I take that back, I must have misunderstood her.  She voted against the CR that averted the shutdown.)

I disagree.  If Republican leadership caves here what possible confidence do we have that they won’t cave in a big battle?

Instead of larger spending cuts and the defunding of Planned Parenthood only $38 billion is being cut this year, and $78 billion in next year’s budget.  Considering the spending binge that Democrats have taken us on and the massive debt that we now face that is no where near good enough.  What exactly did they give?

Couldn’t we at least have had the defunding of Planned Parenthood that the House voted for in FebruaryAfter the corruption found in that organization that they get a single taxpayer dime is unacceptable!  It must be defunded and the House had the leverage to do it, and they blinked.

They let the government shutdown bogeyman spook them.  Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) blinked as well.  He said on Fox News quoted by Dave Weigel:

To quote two great government paragons, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, you can’t always get what you want. You get what you can, then you fight for the rest the next day… I’d love to see Planned Parenthood just disappear, I’d love to see NPR defunded… but you’re going to put a lot of pain on people who don’t deserve the pain.

Governor Huckabee is it ok for the President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief, to hold the military hostage over Planned Parenthood funding?  Why in the world would they not allow him to make good on the threat to veto the continuing resolution that would have kept our military funded?  His action is appalling and he should be called on the carpet for it.  Instead we cave… so we can be ready to fight another day…. utter nonsense.

Fight now.  I agree with Governor Palin who tweeted twice today… "GOP: don’t retreat! The country is going broke. We can’t AFFORD cowboy poetry & subsidizing abortion. If we can’t fight to defund this nonsense now when we have the chance, do you think we’ll win the big fight on entitlement reform later on?"

It seems to me that as it stands right now that House Republican leadership will take the path of least resistance.  I had hoped not to have to wait until 2012 to make at least some progress.

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  1. The American, “pro-life”, Christian zealots would bring the US federal government to a halt, or even dissolve it, over the abortion issue. They are incensed over it.

    These same people never say a word about the fact that Israel is the number one recipient of US foreign aid, yet Israel’s state-funded abortion mills terminate tens of thousands of Israeli pregnancies every year. Don’t take my word for it, Google: Friends of Efrat Israel, for the grisly facts.

    US aid to Israel contravenes the Hyde Amendment, which forbids US aid to nations that use government funds to subsidize abortion services. This double-standard situation is possible because Christian and Jewish Zionists control the US major media, the US Congress and the White House, as Helen Thomas awkwardly reported.

  2. The American, “pro-life”, Christian zealots would bring the US federal government to a halt, or even dissolve it, over the abortion issue. They are incensed over it.

    These same people never say a word about the fact that Israel is the number one recipient of US foreign aid, yet Israel’s state-funded abortion mills terminate tens of thousands of Israeli pregnancies every year. Don’t take my word for it, Google: Friends of Efrat Israel, for the grisly facts.

    US aid to Israel contravenes the Hyde Amendment, which forbids US aid to nations that use government funds to subsidize abortion services. This double-standard situation is possible because Christian and Jewish Zionists control the US major media, the US Congress and the White House, as Helen Thomas awkwardly reported.

  3. The American, “pro-life”, Christian zealots would bring the US federal government to a halt, or even dissolve it, over the abortion issue. They are incensed over it.

    These same people never say a word about the fact that Israel is the number one recipient of US foreign aid, yet Israel’s state-funded abortion mills terminate tens of thousands of Israeli pregnancies every year. Don’t take my word for it, Google: Friends of Efrat Israel, for the grisly facts.

    US aid to Israel contravenes the Hyde Amendment, which forbids US aid to nations that use government funds to subsidize abortion services. This double-standard situation is possible because Christian and Jewish Zionists control the US major media, the US Congress and the White House, as Helen Thomas awkwardly reported.

  4. The American, “pro-life”, Christian zealots would bring the US federal government to a halt, or even dissolve it, over the abortion issue. They are incensed over it.

    These same people never say a word about the fact that Israel is the number one recipient of US foreign aid, yet Israel’s state-funded abortion mills terminate tens of thousands of Israeli pregnancies every year. Don’t take my word for it, Google: Friends of Efrat Israel, for the grisly facts.

    US aid to Israel contravenes the Hyde Amendment, which forbids US aid to nations that use government funds to subsidize abortion services. This double-standard situation is possible because Christian and Jewish Zionists control the US major media, the US Congress and the White House, as Helen Thomas awkwardly reported.

  5. Once again, a bewildered, frightened, and lonely nation turns its hopeful, adoring eyes to gorgeous, gracious, gifted Gov. Sarah Palin for leadership & inspiration. Boehner, Huckabee, & Bachmann are chickens running scared of the Democrat mutt-pack. Sarah soars high above, gazing down in contempt & disgust. We pray for the eagle to land.

  6. Once again, a bewildered, frightened, and lonely nation turns its hopeful, adoring eyes to gorgeous, gracious, gifted Gov. Sarah Palin for leadership & inspiration. Boehner, Huckabee, & Bachmann are chickens running scared of the Democrat mutt-pack. Sarah soars high above, gazing down in contempt & disgust. We pray for the eagle to land.

    1. Jack, are you stoned, or what? I suspect that you are being facetious.

      Using your bird analogy, I’d say that Mrs. Palin is more of a chickenhawk…she’s no eagle. She soars above the ground-pounding GOP chickens, like you say, looking for the easiest prey. Gifted? Palin doesn’t know fowl from foul….she’s a friggin’ bird-brain, Jack.

      She does shake a nice tail feather, I’ll grant you that.

    2. That’s “former” Gov. Sarah Palin. She’s a quitter, did you forget? We here in Alaska haven’t. She’s about as popular here as the radiation oozing out of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant right now. However, I think the stupidity that oozes out of her mouth is much more lethal.

  7. Once again, a bewildered, frightened, and lonely nation turns its hopeful, adoring eyes to gorgeous, gracious, gifted Gov. Sarah Palin for leadership & inspiration. Boehner, Huckabee, & Bachmann are chickens running scared of the Democrat mutt-pack. Sarah soars high above, gazing down in contempt & disgust. We pray for the eagle to land.

  8. Are you an idiot? Cutting Planned Parenthood funding would only have given us back ~$300 million, a mere on the map next to $38BILLION! It would’ve still been $38 billion cut even if Planned Parenthood had been defunded! It wasn’t about the money, it was about woman’s rights and old-world views about sex. Big surprise, people are going to STILL be having sex whether the government funds Planned Parenthood or not. Besides, none of the federal funding even goes toward abortions. And the contraceptive and health care services that ARE federally funded help prevent 10s of thousands of abortions a year because people just can’t keep it in their pants. So… get your facts straight PLEASE! You make normal Republicans sound like fools.

  9. Are you an idiot? Cutting Planned Parenthood funding would only have given us back ~$300 million, a mere on the map next to $38BILLION! It would’ve still been $38 billion cut even if Planned Parenthood had been defunded! It wasn’t about the money, it was about woman’s rights and old-world views about sex. Big surprise, people are going to STILL be having sex whether the government funds Planned Parenthood or not. Besides, none of the federal funding even goes toward abortions. And the contraceptive and health care services that ARE federally funded help prevent 10s of thousands of abortions a year because people just can’t keep it in their pants. So… get your facts straight PLEASE! You make normal Republicans sound like fools.

    1. Please tell me where I said we should have accepted less spending cuts? I also was very careful to say that it was defunding Planned Parenthood, I don’t believe I said defunding abortion, I don’t have the post in front of me (replying by email)… though the provisions in Obamacare circumvent the Hyde Amendment nicely and Obama’s executive order isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

  10. I just discovered this site. I left a comment and replied to Stoneyjack’ s comment. My reply to Stoneyjack was posted, then deleted. My comment contained no obscenities and was on-topic. It appears that this site is not worth jack…so to speak.

    1. Other than you personally attacked him and made a lewd comment about Governor Palin… neither of which are permitted here. Notice I didn’t block you at least, so you are welcome to try again.

      1. You call that a “personal attack”? You call that a “lewd comment”?

        Buddy, you are living in a sanitized fairytale world, surrounded by fawning sycophants..three of your admirers “liked” your censorship justification post, without actually seeing the evidence…strictly on your say so….that’s faith-based collectivism. They don’t need no steenking evidence….they simply believe.

        Incredibly, you did not delete my post about Israel’s state-funded abortion mills…I am very surprised by that. Normally born-again Christians of your high caliber are enthralled by the Jewish state concept and are useful idiots for Zionism and automatic apologists for the IDF. Perhaps, there is hope for you, Pastor….it’s up to you.

        Now that you know the truth…. about the state-sponsored Israeli abortion mills and the unreported $3billion/year contravention of the Hyde Amendment…. I expect to see you spread the word about this unreported tragedy and international scam. This should be front-page news in the Evangelical blogosphere.

        I shall monitor this site, in hopes that my little post has opened some minds.

        Shalom!

        new_york_loner

  11. I just discovered this site. I left a comment and replied to Stoneyjack’ s comment. My reply to Stoneyjack was posted, then deleted. My comment contained no obscenities and was on-topic. It appears that this site is not worth jack…so to speak.

  12. I just discovered this site. I left a comment and replied to Stoneyjack’ s comment. My reply to Stoneyjack was posted, then deleted. My comment contained no obscenities and was on-topic. It appears that this site is not worth jack…so to speak.

  13. I just discovered this site. I left a comment and replied to Stoneyjack’ s comment. My reply to Stoneyjack was posted, then deleted. My comment contained no obscenities and was on-topic. It appears that this site is not worth jack…so to speak.

  14. I just discovered this site. I left a comment and replied to Stoneyjack’ s comment. My reply to Stoneyjack was posted, then deleted. My comment contained no obscenities and was on-topic. It appears that this site is not worth jack…so to speak.

  15. Typical. PP does not use tax money for any abortions. They use tax money to keep women and girls healthy; those who are denied health care because of the GOP idea that one has to DESERVE health care in this country by working for a major corporation. Meanwhile, the GOP backs any and all subsidies, tax breaks, and outright gifts to the corps who buy their elections for them, and they apparently despise the working class, women, kids’ right to eat a healthy meal at school or get medical care, and the elderly. What do you love? Oh, big corporations who pay no taxes, billionaires who pay a pittance on their incomes, and all things related to war. And you have the nerve to call yourselves Christians because you want to ban abortion?

  16. Typical. PP does not use tax money for any abortions. They use tax money to keep women and girls healthy; those who are denied health care because of the GOP idea that one has to DESERVE health care in this country by working for a major corporation. Meanwhile, the GOP backs any and all subsidies, tax breaks, and outright gifts to the corps who buy their elections for them, and they apparently despise the working class, women, kids’ right to eat a healthy meal at school or get medical care, and the elderly. What do you love? Oh, big corporations who pay no taxes, billionaires who pay a pittance on their incomes, and all things related to war. And you have the nerve to call yourselves Christians because you want to ban abortion?

  17. Typical. PP does not use tax money for any abortions. They use tax money to keep women and girls healthy; those who are denied health care because of the GOP idea that one has to DESERVE health care in this country by working for a major corporation. Meanwhile, the GOP backs any and all subsidies, tax breaks, and outright gifts to the corps who buy their elections for them, and they apparently despise the working class, women, kids’ right to eat a healthy meal at school or get medical care, and the elderly. What do you love? Oh, big corporations who pay no taxes, billionaires who pay a pittance on their incomes, and all things related to war. And you have the nerve to call yourselves Christians because you want to ban abortion?

  18. Shane, you are no doubt right that the shutdown bogeyman scared the GOP into blinking. Having said that, I’m still inclined to think that our differences with those who blinked is more that of strategy than principle. Let’s not throw all these guys under the bus just yet…

  19. Shane, you are no doubt right that the shutdown bogeyman scared the GOP into blinking. Having said that, I’m still inclined to think that our differences with those who blinked is more that of strategy than principle. Let’s not throw all these guys under the bus just yet…

      1. I’m not disagreeing…I just know people that are lot more savvy than me thought it best to let the CR go and fight the larger battle on Ryan’s budget proposal. The upside to that is the PR problem of a shutdown isn’t an albatross hanging around the GOP’s neck.

      2. I’m not disagreeing…I just know people that are lot more savvy than me thought it best to let the CR go and fight the larger battle on Ryan’s budget proposal. The upside to that is the PR problem of a shutdown isn’t an albatross hanging around the GOP’s neck.

  20. Mike Huckabee is a statesman who puts the long term welfare of America before partisan politics. Sarah Palin is a good looking woman who knows how to generate superficial sound bites. Comparing the two is a complete joke.

    1. Wow… that statement is wrong on so many fronts… statesmen don’t cave – Steve King and Michele Bachmann are “statesmen” – http://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2011/04/michele-bachmann-steve-king-and-tea-party-patriots-on-budget-deal-not-even-remotely-enough/.

      Sarah Palin knows how to fight and hold her ground, something that Huckabee seemingly doesn’t know how to do. Liberals said “boo” and Huckabee, Boehner and others blinked. Eventually yes some compromise would have had to be reached, but it could have been far better than this if House Republicans held their ground.

      1. Gorillas hold their ground, too, but humans put THEM in cages instead of the other way around, because we’ve got the brains they lack. Guts alone is not enough. Smarts is what wins every time.

      2. “Sarah Palin knows how to fight and hold her ground.” You got that all out of a 140 character tweet? Will she also tweet her SOTU address if elected President? Come on, Shane. You turned a perfectly good thoughtful post into garbage once you tried to weasel in Sarah Palin and her “tweets” in order for her to stay relevant.

        Disagree with Huckabee all you want but his position comes from his experience in governing. An experience that most cannot draw upon.

      3. Oh brother… I linked to a substantive op/ed she did as well. Last time I checked Huckabee uses Twitter as well. I know this because you RT him all the time.

        As for his experience… Next time Branstad does a deal you don’t like or supports something you disagree with you’ll let it slide because of his 16 years of experience. Right?

      4. So Bachmann voted for the budget and is a statesman, and Huckabee suggested that we vote for the budget and he doesn’t know how to fight. I think I get it.

      5. That Shedlock fella ought to get his facts straight before he pops off with his keyboard, again.

      6. That Shedlock fella ought to get his facts straight before he pops off with his keyboard, again.

      7. That Shedlock fella ought to get his facts straight before he pops off with his keyboard, again.

      8. Sure statesmen cave. they just know when to cave. Show me a politician that makes everything about principle and I’ll show you someone who gets nothing done, if they ever win anything. To act like Palin or any other politician never caves is unrealistic. Palin appointed a member of Planned Parenthood to be a judge in Alaska. She had another choice. Or she could have left the position open until the legislature “caved” and gave her a better choice, but she compromised and not only appointed Morgen Christen but praised the character of the appointee as well. You are throwing stones where they needn’t be thrown.

      9. It amazes me at what lengths you are going to defend what is indefensible. He lost credibility with tea partiers I have talked to as well as a few people who supported him in 2008. David he has shot himself in the foot with people he needs to win. Is it a fatal blow? No, and he isn’t alone. After I wrote this Newt Gingrich spoke out in favor of the bill. He’d be better off not commenting. Your comment about Palin – if she chose that person out of the blue I’d be with you, the Missouri Plan, David, is to blame there.

  21. Mike Huckabee is a statesman who puts the long term welfare of America before partisan politics. Sarah Palin is a good looking woman who knows how to generate superficial sound bites. Comparing the two is a complete joke.

  22. The republicans were probably smart to do what they did unless they want to see a repeat of the 1974 elections.

  23. In my World, the Spirit in a body has the power of Life, Death & Trails that are traveled (No Accidents)(Spirit Filtered from Unified Field). – That Said: Trump is the Only Republican or Tea Party that can argue a point with Demos or other Similar Misfits without getting his Radar Jammed!!

  24. I thought Governor Huckabee’s explanation on Cavuto yesterday was superb. I think the difference comes in because of being a Governor nearly 11 years and he knows how you move the ball down the field abiding within the parameters of our American governmental system. Many on the outside who have never had to govern often don’t understand the rules of the game that has to be played so they can easily say “he caved in” or wouldn’t “stand strong.” He is usually about 10 steps ahead of everyone else on everything.

    It has nothing to do in my opinion with his view on Life or anything else. No American alive today is more pro-life than he is but I think he knew the GOP had went as far as they could go only being in control of 1/3 of the government. This is why elections have consequences. The Democrats simply have too much control right now for us to do what needs to be done.

    Shutting down the government would have had zero impact on abortion. What it would have impacted is made it much more difficult to win the Senate or the Presidency in 2012 for the GOP. With a GOP Senate and a Huckabee Presidency- Plan Parenthood would be defunded. Bachmann took the same view as Huckabee initially and then flipped. Many of the other candidates took no stand because they were chicken. Mike Huckabee is a leader.

    The GOP would have gotten killed if there was a shutdown. The media is strongly on the side of the Democrats. Unless or until we have a majority in at least 2 of the 3 branches of government, we are in a weak position. Trying to be stubborn when one does not have the power from the people is a way to lose that power. We need to keep that power so the Dems don’t get all 3 parts again and run us over.

  25. Okay… again… I’m going to ask. IF we didn’t compromise and went ahead and shut ‘er down… then what?? The Senate wouldn’t pass it as we don’t have a majority and Obama would no doubt veto if nothing else over the PP part at least before women left him in droves (Hillary 2012?)… then what? We say Oh yes you will!!! And they take a vote, say no and win and then what ?????

  26. Okay… again… I’m going to ask. IF we didn’t compromise and went ahead and shut ‘er down… then what?? The Senate wouldn’t pass it as we don’t have a majority and Obama would no doubt veto if nothing else over the PP part at least before women left him in droves (Hillary 2012?)… then what? We say Oh yes you will!!! And they take a vote, say no and win and then what ?????

  27. Okay… again… I’m going to ask. IF we didn’t compromise and went ahead and shut ‘er down… then what?? The Senate wouldn’t pass it as we don’t have a majority and Obama would no doubt veto if nothing else over the PP part at least before women left him in droves (Hillary 2012?)… then what? We say Oh yes you will!!! And they take a vote, say no and win and then what ?????

  28. This was a huge win for the American people. I’m disappointed with those that would try to turn it into a mockery of those Republicans who worked so hard to make it happen.

    The unprecedented debt of the Obama Administration has resulted in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declining for the first time in decades, something that Jimmy Carter didn’t even achieve.

    Mike Huckabee is right in recognizing that the Senate and White House are still controlled by the liberals that got us into this mess. We ought to be thankful for Boehner and his House colleagues. We also ought to get ready for the next big and important battle, the 2012 elections. If we win that battle we can then rectify many problems faced by America.

    1. Let’s see the debt has increased by 55 billion in the last seven days and we’re applauding a $38 Billion cut. I recognize they wouldn’t have gotten everything they wanted, but the GOP had something here that they won’t have for the next battle – leverage.

      I’m not mocking them… I’m ticked. I fundamentally disagree with this decision.

    2. Let’s see the debt has increased by 55 billion in the last seven days and we’re applauding a $38 Billion cut. I recognize they wouldn’t have gotten everything they wanted, but the GOP had something here that they won’t have for the next battle – leverage.

      I’m not mocking them… I’m ticked. I fundamentally disagree with this decision.

  29. Anyone seen my Constitution lately?

    “The government that would take 10% would be EXCEEDINGLY OPPRESSIVE”- Benjamin Franklin

    INCUMBENTS- THE “POLITICALLY CORRECT” ENDANGERED SPECIES!

    Time for the “Tea Party” to upgrade. “Tar and Feathers Party”, anyone?

  30. I wonder who would support all the children born when these women don’t get free birth control? Maybe people shouldn’t have sex, but they do.
    I am not advocating abortion, but burying your head in the sand doesn’t help either.
    I say free birth control for everyone so we don’t have anymore children!

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