Reports from inside and outside the government indicate today that House Republicans are set to cave to the demands of Barack Obama and Senate Democrats on reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling.
Several major news organizations operating within the Beltway reported today that those closest to the House Republican leadership say that Speaker John Boehner is ready to give Obama most of what he wants -- reopening the 17 percent of the government that is closed, and raising the debt ceiling.
Such a deal would give Republicans basically nothing of major consequence except a few token items that Obama has stating he is willing to give.
Two items in particular on which the president is said to be willing to negotiate are cuts in benefit programs and increasing Medicare costs for those seniors who are financially well off.
Neither of these concessions address the two major points of contention -- the massive national debt that threatens to unravel the entire U.S. economic system, and Obamacare.
Most of the Republicans elected to Congress since 2010 ran on a platform of opposing, defunding, and repealing Obamacare. Another item of vast importance to grassroots voters is the insurmountable mountain of debt, which can be reined in only by deep reductions in government spending.
Conservative talk radio commentator Mark Levin, an attorney and former member of the Reagan administration, blasted a Tea Party backed U.S. senator, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., for failing to stand firm on defunding Obamacare in spite of his much publicized opposition to the new healthcare law.
Levin contends that Congressional Republicans have a disturbing history in recent years of caving to the demands of Obama and the Democrats.
Levin even went as far as to suggest that the Republican leadership in both houses of Congress secretly support Obamacare and raising the debt ceiling, thus proving there is little difference between the two Parties, at least at the leadership level.
With the advent of George W. Bush came a wave of Republicans who became known as "big government conservatives" -- a misnomer and oxymoron. Such Republicans want big government and massive spending of tax dollars. The difference is in the manner in which they would spend the money as compared to Democrats.
The very term "conservative" means support for smaller government, lower spending, lower taxes, balancing the budget, and getting rid of the national debt. But the big government Republicans have reneged on each of these sacred principles of conservatism. Thus, most Republicans during the George W. Bush era were not conservatives.
For example, as Levin often points out, "conservative" commentator Charles Krauthammer was a speech writer for Democrat Walter Mondale in his campaign against President Reagan in 1984.
Krauthammer has been a consistent critic of Tea Party tactics, including their opposition to raising the debt ceiling and support for defunding Obamacare. He has also blasted conservative and Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
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