DEMS Shutdown Gov on #Reagan 8 Times


This past week House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell do what they do best, that is, they caved to Democrats once again. They promised a fight on the debt-ceiling and wound up giving Barack Obama anything & everything he wanted. The GOP negotiated an unconditional debt surrender from behind closed-doors. They got nothing in return, yet Boehner & McConnell cry foul because Ted Cruz forced them to put their cards on the table under the light of day.

Republican-Majority-Tip-ONeilThe end result is a completely exposed, establishment Republican leadership. Exposed for the weak, gutless, inept, debt-enabling Progressives that they really are: the kind that caves to Obama time and time again, especially regarding the federal budget.

They blame Ted Cruz for his so called “Look at me!” stunts. In their best Barack Obama imitation, moderates claim that unconditional debt surrender is really a “phony war.” These same Rockefeller Republicans also refuse to acknowledge that the current GOP majority owes its existence to Tea Party Conservatives. Instead of a thank you, Moderates go out of their way to continually attack Conservatives, and have been since the 2012 Primary.

Moderate Republicans only have contempt and ridicule for social conservatives, while hypocritically claiming the mantle of “fiscal responsibility,” despite their acquired debt over the past decade. The same moderates most responsible for accumulating GOP-debt now despise economic Conservatives like Ted Cruz. Why? For taking a fiscally principled stand in the Senate. For keeping his promise to the people to defeat the same Obamacare now wreaking havoc across the fruited plains.

In fact, Ted Cruz did not “make anyone vote the way they voted.” Weak Republicans, too nervous to take a stand, favored unconditional debt all on their own, and like big boys, they ought to accept accountability for their vote. McConnell alone cast his vote and ought to be man enough to explain why he favored unconditional debt before his Kentucky constituents.

Below, Rick Shaftan joined me to discuss this betrayal of principles with the unconditional debt ceiling surrender. As Rick pointed out, this idea that Republicans can’t do anything and are completely helpless without majorities in both houses and a president in the White House is crap. Tip O’Neill stopped Ronald Reagan from achieving a lot of what he wanted to do.

Pat Buchanan pointed-out on the McLaughlin Group how vicious the fight was between Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan. O’Neill fought Reagan and used every tool at his disposal in the House to stop him. Keep in mind Reagan won two landslide elections, but that didn’t deter O’Neill.

Obama has terrible approval ratings with the whole country despising him and Republicans are the only ones in the whole country too afraid to fight and stop him. Pat Buchanan gives us a glimpse of how intense this fight was between Reagan and O’Neill.

Tip-ONeillReagan stemmed the growth of the U.S. welfare state, but O’Neill and his Democrats saved the core of the party’s New Deal and Great Society programs.  When you actually look at the lengths Tip O’Neill went to, all to stop a fiscal Conservative, it’s dumbfounding.

The media constantly paints this picture that Reagan and O’Neil worked together peacefully and it was about for the good of the country. The media needs to push this narrative because if they actually talked about how things went down in the 80’s, it would wake voters up to the game being played, and to what is expected in DC when it comes to fighting for your principles.

The Great Social Security Compromise of 1983 featured an opt-out choice for taxpayers from Social Security Tax, much like that of Galveston, Texas. Defeat only came after Tip O’Neill beat the GOP to a bloody-pulp with the issue. O’Neil beat the GOP so bad it affected the midterm elections. Now USA Today loves the Galveston Texas Plan and the debt is so bad that the Congressional Budget Office is declaring Social Security all but bankrupt.

Compare O’Neil to Boehner.

The current national debt, sequestration & shutdown-fights by the GOP Speaker lack depth and are an absolute joke compared to the battles waged by a determined Speaker 30 years ago.

Andrew Stiles makes a great point about shutdowns in his piece at National Review

“If your metric for quality governance is “ability to avoid shutdowns,” then Reagan is absolutely the worst president of the modern era. The government shut down eight times under his watch, more than any other president, representing nearly half of all shutdowns that have occurred under the modern budget process. And O’Neill is an even worse speaker, if that’s our criterion. He presided over 12 funding gaps or shutdowns, or almost 71 percent of all shutdowns to date.”

Boehner-Cantor-McCarthy“Reagan had demanded at least $4 billion in domestic-spending cuts, and when Congress did not oblige, he vetoed a spending package, triggering a government shutdown. Technically, the shutdown lasted only a few hours, until Congress approved a three-week spending resolution to give lawmakers time to negotiate a long-term deal.”

Tip O’Neill fought Reagan on this — I guess this strategy must only be reserved for Democrats.

“Months later, the government shut down for several days in part over the House’s refusal to fund an intercontinental-missile program that Reagan supported. The House also wanted more than $5 billion in funding for public-works projects, which Reagan had threatened to veto. In the end, the public-works funding was scrapped, but so was funding for the missile program.”

Tip O’Neill fought Reagan on this — I guess this strategy must only be reserved for Democrats.

“November 1983 after House Democrats requested an additional $1 billion in funding for education and reduced spending on defense and foreign aid. Less than a year later, the government shut down after the House, as well as the Senate, sought to tie a number of extraneous measures, opposed by Reagan, to a resolution funding the government. That standoff resulted in a three-day continuing resolution to buy time for further negotiation, but the government shut down again when lawmakers failed to reach an agreement.”

Tip O’Neill fought Reagan on this — I guess this strategy must only be reserved for Democrats.

 Boehner and Company“October 1986. House Democrats had picked fights with Reagan on a number of issues, including labor, energy, and welfare policy. The differences between the two sides weren’t resolved in time to prevent a shutdown, which lasted about a day, and ended when Democrats relinquished many of their demands.”

Tip O’Neill fought Reagan on this — I guess this strategy must only be reserved for Democrats.

The next time one of these whiny little-pukes tells you that “the GOP is helpless and can’t do anything without a majority,” now you can disprove their lame excuse.




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122 thoughts on “DEMS Shutdown Gov on #Reagan 8 Times”

  1. David Howe says:

    Will, I lived through those years, although I wasn’t so immersed in politics then. I don’t even remember those government shutdowns, which makes me wonder why. I wasn’t paying close attention, for sure, but there wasn’t that much news coverage then, either, maybe a half-hour in the evening and Section A of the Detroit News. I don’t remember national parks being closed, either. What we all remember is the ATC strike, and that there was little disruption of flights because of it.

    What we had then was a President who knew how to Preside, and who was pretty good at politics. We now have a President who knows ONLY politics and who doesn’t care about Presidential leadership. With his fellow-travelers in the press, Mr. Obama has been able to shift blame for many things he is responsible for onto others, including these shutdowns, which he also has made more difficult for America than they needed to be.

    Reading your article, I noticed that the Democrats in Congress usually didn’t win the battles. This may be part of the reason for Republican leadership’s hesitancy to fight, but sometimes fighting the fight is more important than winning it.

    1. Will Stauff says:

      I think Louis Gohmert said it best Dave, We are going to get beat up and bruised if we take the fight to Democrats but if we keep doing the right thing long enough in the end you win.

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