As we see and hear all the talk about the new Congress, especially the newly-Republican House of Representatives, we hear speculation and advice for how the new majority should carry out the People’s business. And I had a few thoughts of my own.
Were I the new Speaker of the House, I know exactly what my first order of business would be. I would schedule a vote on the ObamaCare repeal bill. I would allot a whole week for debate on the issue — then ask those who support repeal to yield the entire time to the other side. Let them have as much time as they like to make the case for ObamaCare, and then vote — putting each and every member of the House on the record as for or against it.
Then, once it’s passed to the Senate, I would hold up any and all other legislation until the Senate gave it a vote — or officially killed it. I would not let them smother it or ignore it or let it die in committee. I would get out there, every day, and say that it is so important, that I would not let anything distract the Senate from debating and voting on the repeal. Likewise, I would put all bills sent over from the Senate on hold until they voted on the bill. Oh, it would most likely be defeated, but again I’d have put every single Senator on record as for or against it.
In the meantime, I’d be putting together a package of spending cuts. I’d be finding every single penny I could slash from the budget and pushing hard for it. And when people brought up the vote on raising the debt ceiling, I’d say this:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit
is a sign of leadership failure Leadership
means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the
burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and
grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.
Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to
increase America’s debt limit.
If those words sound familiar, they were uttered by then-Senator Barack Obama back in 2006, when he opposed raising the debt ceiling to 8.9 trillion dollars. Shortly thereafter, the Democrats took both Houses of Congress — and in the following four years of Democratic stewardship, the debt ceiling was jacked up sic more times, over 60%, to its current level of 14.3 trillion dollars.
And then I would say to the Democrats in the House: “you were at the wheel for the last four years, and you steered us right into the ditch. You passed and bragged about “pay-go,” and then exempted pretty much every single major measure from it. You were so busy that you didn’t even file a budget for this fiscal year — and that’s the most fundamental duty of the House! And somehow Nancy Pelosi, in her parting speech, boasted about how you had shown such ‘fiscal responsibility.’ Now we’re going to show you — and the American people — what ‘fiscal responsibility’ actually looks like. If you want to be a part of it, you’re welcome to come along for the ride — but you’ll have to get in the back seat. Because elections have consequences, and last November, we won.”
That’s what Speaker Tea would be doing in the House.
And that’s why I should never, ever, ever be entrusted with anything resembling actual power.